Category: Passages

What a year for Mister Rogers and the Neighborhood!

We will be concluding our Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2018 for those in need of keeping warm one week from today at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. https://pittsburghkids.org

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive

Individuals and congregations collect sweaters from now through December 16th to help keep neighbors needing to keep warm this winter through the Mister Rogers’ Sweater Drive. http://www.syntrinity.org/synod/mister-rogers-sweater-drive/

Celebrating 50 Years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood being on television and the big screen!

Fred Rogers featured in documentary gets top honors at third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”. The winners were determined by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA).
https://deadline.com/2018/11/wont-you-be-by-neighbor-best-documentary-critics-choice-documentary-awards-1202499673/?fbclid=IwAR1RrzQ8cDqpJS9LRmrYsXIY8Vb_hnb9m-nSpA_CsV_TO8DpEL8GnB3FwjE

Fred Rogers telling about being ordained a Presbyterian minister.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4GUA2GEEUw

Here is a slide show highlighting Joanne Rogers about “143” and Fred Rogers amazing contribution to making our neighborhoods throughout this nation and in many parts of the world a better place.

Fred Rogers slide show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjkrFfdFzEg

Joanne Rogers on Jimmy Fellon Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzXsXXk-96U

Fred Rogers and David Newell aka Mr. McFeely on the Passages Show with Dennis Benson at Christmas time and sharing about Fred’s legacy.

Joanne Rogers talks with Dennis Benson on Passages about being married to Fred and their lives together.

Helping to conclude a year long celebration remembering Fred Rogers life and ministry.
Take 10 seconds now to remember Fred! I’m sure he appreciated that brief memory of him. Please help this to be a kinder and gentler world (neighborhood) to live in for all God’s children.

PMM Leadership Team and Passages Production Team


Celebrating a life well lived! George H.W. Bush

A Snapshot in Time with George H.W. Bush & Sam Walton

“The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.” – late President George H.W. Bush

It was March 17, 1992, with President Bush https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._W._Bush traveling to Fayetteville, AR, for bestowing on Founder of Walmart Sam Walton the highest civilian honor the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

President George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the U.S., his funeral in Washington D.C. today, we recall his many attributes with a snapshot in time when he gave Sam Walton https://blog.walmart.com/heritage/20140327/the-highlight-of-sam-waltons-career-the-presidential-medal-of-freedom his award.

The story is told by Sam’s late wife Helen Walton https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Walton to Gregg Hartung Passages Associate Producer in an interview he did with her in Youngstown, OH.

Click on the audio below for the feature length story in which you hear President Bush talk about Sam Walton and why he deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom as Sam in his final days was dealing with cancer. Listen to the Passages I-Story now.

Rest in peace President George H. W. Bush.

 


Advent is expectation! Stories preparing the way for Christmas …

The first Christmas … Mary wasn’t in labor when they got to Bethlehem. If no one had had space for them, Joseph would have taken Mary to her relatives, Elizabeth and Zechariah. “From Bethlehem, you can get to any village in the hill country of Judea by one hour on donkey back,” Dr. Ken Bailey said.

Middle Eastern cultures have valued family and hospitality for millennia. When Caesar Augustus decreed that people had to register for the census in their hometown, Joseph went to Bethlehem “because he belonged to the house and line of David” (Luke 2:4).

“To turn away a descendant of David in ‘the City of David’ would be an unspeakable shame on the entire village,” Bailey writes in his book Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyeshttps://www.ivpress.com/jesus-through-middle-eastern-eyes

In other words, Joseph’s relatives welcome him and his betrothed for the final weeks of her pregnancy. The village midwife and women help Mary birth Jesus. “They don’t have a cradle, so they lay Jesus in the manger, which is clean, and put a blanket over him nice, warm, and tidy,” Bailey said.

Here are four audio stories, helping us to prepare our hearts, minds, and souls for Christmas during this Advent season.

Sister Helen Prejean, Dead Man Walking fame, shares insights about the shepherds https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/deadmanwalking/character/sister-helen-prejean/  to give us a realistic view of Christmas through the marginalized people in our world. Listen to her by clicking on the audio button below.

A simple Christmas in the warm heart of Africa removes a missionary couple from the seduction of consumerism. Edith talks of being far from home and enjoying Malawian friends during the holiday.  We had just enough food for celebrating Christ’s birth. https://pghpip.org/malawi/malawi.shtml Listen her story by clicking on the audio button below.

Everyone’s favorite neighbor, gets negative feedback when he de-mythologizes Santa Claus, some of the parents want to use the jolly old man as a club. Fred explains his thoughts about Santa and Christmas. https://www.pbs.org/parents/rogers Listen to Fred Roger’s story by clicking on the audio button below.

Ray Buckley is an author who grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is an advocate for Native Americans. https://www.abingdonpress.com/ray_buckley  Ray tells his grandmother’s story about being mugged on Passages as a Christmas story. Click on the audio button below to hear the short feature length story. Second audio button below is the longer full-length version of Grandma’s Moccasins.

Ray’s Story Grandma’s Moccasins Full-Length

Have a wonderful time of preparation in sharing you holiday stories this Advent and Christmas seasons with family, friends and strangers too!

Have a blessed holiday season from the PMM Leadership Team.

Gregg Hartung, Director

 


Time To Be Thankful ….

It is that time of year to reflect on what we need to be thankful for in 2018 and all of life!

The late Steve Allen was supportive of the work that Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM) has done and continues

to do with Presbyterians and the others in sharing stories of life and faith.

We feast on stories of reflection!

The award-winning Great American Feast Radio Show was hosted by Steve with special guest actress Helen Hays.

The response to the show was fantastic!

The prayer of thanks at the close of the program has been well received with really good comments through the years.

So we share it again.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

 


Depression “A Little Help”

The holidays can be the best of times and the worst of times for many people!

As the days get shorter and winter settles in, depression becomes a battle for many people.  What happens when it becomes serious and someone needs help? Listen to and read Franklin’s story from our Passages stories of hope.

In the spring, I was very much involved with jogging, going to the “Y” four times a week, taking vitamins, really caring for myself. I became interested in the holistic health movement, and began looking at my life spiritually – devotional life and spiritual growth.

And then in May, I began feeling like myself. I’m a person who can get down – you can call it the blues. But I noticed I was down longer than just a day, and my wife said, “Yeah, it does seem like you’re down. Maybe you ought to go to the conference counselor and talk with him about it.” So, I went to see the doctor about how I was feeling, and he said, ” Well, what’s happened to you?” And I said, “Well, I was trying for a conference job nd lost out; my wife was trying for a good job and lost out.” And he said, “Well you’ve had a lot of loss in your life; loss is sometimes a cause of depression. You’re in the mild state of depression. I can give you an anti-depressant. This will tide you over and get you through it.”

Well, I continued to get worse and worse. I lost 30 pounds – I’m not a heavy person anyway. Suicide thoughts really began crowding in on my mind. I began to see no way out whatsoever. Christmas was miserable. Medications were switched. I moved from sleeping all the time to sleeping all the time to sleeping none of the time.

Several things have helped me since then. Number one is a counselor – and I really cannot say enough about the Christian experience of counseling. I read many books, received a lot of literature, read in history about persons who’ve suffered depression. I would say to anyone who is feeling down, out – a depressed person in the valley of the shadows, winter all the time and no Christmas, spring with no birds – that there is hope, and you can get well again. I think I know what it is to die and experience “Ye shall live again.”

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in his world, I put my hope.” Psalm 130:1,5

More of Franklin’s audio story …

When we are depressed and can no longer see objectively, it should be no more of a stigma to go to a counselor to get a diagnosis than it is to go to a mechanic to find out what is wrong with our car.  If I’m depressed, I should first look for solutions myself.  If they are too hard to find, or I feel like it’s not worth the effort, I should seek help.  It’s as simple, and difficult, as that.

It also is comforting to know that we can take even our angriest, most despairing thoughts to God.  The Psalmist certainly did.  If we can be free to rant and rave at God and express what we didn’t think we dared express to God, we open ourselves to begin to receive God’s healing.

Read Psalm 30; a psalm of despair and trust in God.  This reflection is from good friend of PMM Melodie M. Davis.

Here are some helpful links:

A Blueprint When Feeling Blue: How A Mental Health Diagnosis Can Be Empowering | Jen Reviews

A word cloud demonstrates some common words associated with the phrase “mental health” The first time you ever heard the term “mental illness”, what did you think of? I can tell you what I thought of. I was in the beginning of high school the first time I recall hearing this term.

We pray for all those dealing with the blues and/or serious depression as we begin to transition from fall to winter and the holiday seasons are upon us again.


“Beyond Wearing Pink: How You Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness”

Breast cancer mortality rates have declined 39 percent due to the continued support of research and education. Imagine how many more lives could be saved if more people knew how to donate to the cause.

We share the stories of 2 women on Passages as we celebrate cancer survivors and pray for loved ones remembering people they have lost in the battle with cancer.  We encourage all women to get breast examines. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month!”

A resource guide explains how readers can go beyond wearing pink by donating their unused airline miles and credit card rewards to several breast cancer charities – something most people are unaware of.

We also included information on how to avoid charity scams and ensure your donation lands in deserving hands.

You can view the guide here: https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/support-breast-cancer-awareness.php

Breast Cancer – Diagnosis & Treatment | AHN Cancer Institute

Using advanced breast cancer technologies, AHN personalizes treatments for patients. Call today to schedule an appointment with a nearby oncologist.

Jane is a cancer survivor and here are several audio clips from her journey with breast cancer.

Jane shares the vision as a wounded healer for a future that includes her husband and family.

Here is a longer play story of a young woman, Ketrina Lewis and her journey with Breast Cancer on Passages.

We pray for all those women facing the journey with Breast Cancer and special prayers for the Rev. Sue Washburn, her husband Matt, and their daughters on the road ahead with her dealing with breast cancer.  Sue has and continues to serve on the PMM Leadership Team.  We thank Sue for her service to the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church where she is pastor and the many other ways her being part of the PCUSA at the national and regional levels has helped to share stories.

Presbyterian Media Mission sharing stories of hope and faith!

 


Fred Rogers Ordination “Celebrating 50 Years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”

Fred Rogers shares on Passages (audio) about the philosophy and theology of Mister Rogers Neighborhood TV program as we celebrate 50 years of the program on WQED.  Click on audio button below …

Here is a link to the new 15 second TV Spot where Fred Rogers in his own words shares about being ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. by Pittsburgh Presbytery. This is after he took classes at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary over his lunch hour for a number of years. Click on the link here to watch the spot produced by PMM for this 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood being on WQED. Click on link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4GUA2GEEUw

How about Google doing an animated video on Fred walking through the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood to celebrate 51 years of the show being on TV?  Click on the link here to enjoy the animated walk through the neighborhood.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd7X0NsOeRk

Fred talking about when his dog Mitzy died and telling how the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood TV program in sharing that story helped a young mother and her daughters.  How the show truly ministered to children and their families on Passages.

Other notable media links to Fred Rogers TV and media legacy below. 

The Mister Rogers Documentary is a Manifesto for Healing America
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” says everything our country needs to hear about self-esteem, common decency, and loving people for who they are.

https://medium.com/@kristiyorkwooten/the-mister-rogers-documentary-is-a-manifesto-for-healing-america-3ebeefcdeba1

Movie Review on “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by The Rev. Dr. Darrell Knopp
http://presbymediamission.org/2018/07/15/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-fred-rogers/

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ appears in front of Congress on the need to support Public Television … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA

Fred Rogers acceptance speech 1997 Emmy Awards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jMeby5ZIJs

Fred Rogers is inducted into the TV Hall of Fame. Jeff Erlanger, who appeared on Mister Rogers Neighborhood in 1981, surprises Fred … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3vp-EXQ5Rs&t=350s

Fred Rogers Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P__SLhGTfz0

Fred talking with late night host David Letterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKjKZKpEkVY

Garden of Your Mind remix by PBS Studios https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM

Fred Rogers talking with Charlie Rose … “How do we allow for silence in a noisy world” on PBS  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djoyd46TVVc

Fred Rogers’ at 2002 Dartmouth College Commencement Address https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=907yEkALaAY

Mr. Rogers Talks With Parents About Discipline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBtEzr_Ifv0

Fred Rogers … Look for the helpers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNpa352mVQk

Passages featuring Fred Rogers

Fred talking about the death of his Dog Mitzy … click on the audio link below …

Fred shares on feature length Passages (27 minutes)  about his life and faith … Click on audio button below …

Celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Fred Rogers, thanks Fred!


A Story of Her Love for the Labor Movement

I have been blessed to sit and listen to some of the most amazing stories told by people from around the world! One of them I’ll never forget is Mavis Kemp. Asa Philip Randolph, Marcus Garvey and Mavis Kemp are all early labor leaders who made a difference for people of color and all people. I was able to capture some of the early days of labor experienced by a young Mavis.Kemp. Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend from the Passages Production Team… Listen to her by clicking on the links here and at the bottom of the page.

Garveyism – Wikipedia

Garveyism is an aspect of black nationalism that refers to the economic, and political policies of UNIA-ACL founder Marcus Garvey. The ideology of Garveyism centers on the unification and empowerment of African-American men, women and children under the banner of their collective African descent, and the repatriation of African slave descendants and profits to the African continent.

 

A. Philip Randolph | AFL-CIO

Retiring as president of the BSCP in 1968, Randolph was named the president of the recently formed A. Philip Randolph Institute, established to promote trade unionism in the black community. He continued to serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council until 1974. He died in New York City on May 16, 1979.

Another Story from Mavis Kemp:

May we all keep working together to make our working together to make things better come true!

We pray for workers around the world this Labor Day.

 


Victims of Sexual Abuse Face a Lifetime of Costly Problems

The pain and struggle of being sexually abused as a child lasts a life time for many people who experienced such an unthinkable encounter or relationship!

“My latest research, published this month in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect, describes the impact of child sexual abuse from a perspective that researchers don’t often talk about — the economic burden of violence and abuse in the U.S.”

Elizabeth Letourneau, Ph.D., Prevention Now

We spend $9 billion a year on costs associated with child sexual abuse.

To read more on Dr. Letourneau’s research click on the link below.

Victims of Sexual Abuse Face a Lifetime of Costly Problems

My latest research, published this month in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect , describes the impact of child sexual abuse from a perspective that researchers don’t often talk about – the economic burden of violence and abuse in the U.S.

Now for the human side of the child sexual abuse problem.

On Passages, audio stories of faith and hope, our host/producer Dennis Benson talked with Jay, a survivor of sexual abuse, when he was a child. Jay is a young man now having turned away from drugs and alcohol to deal with life. An almost fatal auto accident helps him to wake-up as he works through relationships and a painful suppressed memory of being molested when he was young.  Click on the button below to listen to Jay’s Story.

For help in dealing with being sexually abused click on the link below.

https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

Here is another helpful resource for those dealing with childhood sexual abuse.

http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/factsheet/childhood-sexual-abuse-a-mental-health-issue

We pray for Jay’s continued healing and all those people working on recovery from sexual abuse.
From your Passages Production Team, the PMM Leadership Team, and your Presbyterian Friends!

 

 


In It Together

I just received this from a FB friend … “This is a personal struggle for me and my family and is very important subject. I can’t say this will be my last post for a while, but maybe the last of many…. love you all! Certainly, in the most difficult moments of life you realize who are true friends or people who really appreciate you. Unfortunately, some friends will click “like” but they don’t really take time to read your status if they see it’s long. I have decided to publish this message to make people aware of the horrific byproducts of diabetes. The disease ruins your cardiovascular and renal systems…. And the drugs, like metformin, that are prescribed, may encourage the onset of dementia. Now I’m looking for those who will have time to read this post to the end. Diabetes is very invasive and destructive to our body, even after treatment, and medications your body is still struggling with yourself trying to regulate the spiking/dropping of blood sugar levels all the time.. It’s a very long process.

Please, in honor of a family member or friend who has died, or continues to fight diabetes or even has diabetes themselves; copy and paste (not share) on your page.” A word of encouragement in a time of struggle and heartache ….

di·a·be·tes
dīəˈbēdēz,ˌdīəˈbēdis

noun

a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

https://www.cdc.gov/media/presskits/aahd/diabetes.pdf

Here are real life stories from people who face diabetes everyday!

Glenn talks about giving himself a shot for helping with his diabetes. Having the medication needed to help with his diabetes is greatly appreciated. Listen to his story by clicking on the audio button.

 

 

Judith talks about the struggle for loved ones in their coming to an understanding about diabetes. Click on the audio button below to hear her story.

 

Roy won’t leave diabetes slow him down. He has a gratitude for life. Click on the audio button below to hear his story.

 

Type 2

Familiarize yourself with the risks, causes, symptoms, and treatments for this increasingly common disease.

Chris Mercer shares his 2 part journey with being diagnosed and learning to live with diabetes in a long-play Passages story Part One by clicking on the audio button below.

 

Chris shares part 2 of his struggles at times with diabetes on Passages. Click on the audio button below.

 

We pray for those who shared their stories about living with diabetes on this page. We pray for those facing the uncertainty and the struggle with diabetes in their lives. May you find the hope, inspiration, and comfort that can come from support of those around you and from a loving God in dealing with diabetes.