Monthly archives: April, 2017

Drugs Take Back Day

Today nationwide is drugs take back day! The drug addiction problem is an epidemic. Most heroin users have been introduced to depending on drugs through prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Stories on our home page by clicking on the home page button above brings home the fact that we are an addicted oriented society.

Helping solve the opioid crisis, drug take back day


We pray for those suffering from loss of a loved one from drugs and those in the midst of dealing with addiction.

Need Help? Addicted to TV Evangelists?

Humor and satire was his calling card!  The late Stan Freberg was an awarding producer, comic, voice of characters, writer, and advertising genius.

PMM had the pleasure of working with him on several occasions with some ecumenical friends.  Dennis Benson and Gregg Hartung met up with him on one of his stops in Pittsburgh when he was working with PPG Paints, remember his phrase about listening to color radio as a play on the competition between radio and TV.  Stan did some TV but was most known for his theater of the mind in painting a picture you could imagine like draining Lake Michigan.

Dennis and Gregg sat in Pittsburgh International Airport and interviewed him for Passages which was another one of those special moments in this media ministry of storytelling.

Here is a memorable production that Stan in being a person of faith captures the need for people gathered in community to truly experience God’s love.  His dad was a Baptist minister.


Earth Day – Dayton and Story of the Eagle

Celebrating Earth Day with a Native American Story from Dayton about the Eagle!


Earth Day 2017 | Environmental & Climate Literacy | March for Science

Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children.

Now a story on Passages about the day the Eagle was spotted in the sky by Dayton.


What one of many institutions of higher learning is doing to be environmentally conscience and doing something to make the earth a better place to live.  Click on the link below.

Morehead State University :: Earthwise Eagles

Morehead State University offers 135 undergraduate degree programs and 60 graduate programs. We are committed to academic excellence and student success.

What are somethings Presbyterians can be doing for Earth Day?

Media Mission thanks you for taking time to celebrate Earth Day!


Over the Counter – A Mexican-American Encounter

Manuel shares a story on Survivors of working in his home town at a business and encounters racial/ethnic stereotyping that almost pushes him over the edge.  He keeps his cool!  Listen to him tell the story below on Survivors by clicking on the audio button.

On Passages we hear the story of another survivor from being punished in the public school for speaking his first language Spanish!  Roberto tells about discrimination and racism from his experience of growing up a Mexican-American by clicking on the audio button below.

My Immigration Story

Statistics do not tell the story of immigration. People do. Since its inception, this nation has been continually infused with the energy of newcomers. Yet their assimilation has seldom been smooth. The challenges we face today are not new. Only the stories are. SHARE YOUR STORY IMPORTANT NOTICE If you need legal advice on dealing…


What are your family stories in coming to the United States?  What are the similarities and differences that you find from the stories shared here on Survivors and Passages in living and growing up here?  Who are the Jew, the Gentile, the Greek, and the Samaritan stories of our day?


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What Can A Song Do?

Bruce Springsteen and his band are helping people answer the question, what can a song do? The question came up in “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” earlier this year at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

Robert Santelli moderated a conversation that Springsteen had with members of the audience.

A young man asked the question: Has anyone every been changed by a song? “I don’t know, has anybody ever had their mind changed by a song?” said Springsteen, initially hesitant. He seemed to think out his answer as he spoke. “I met one kid who said it did, but only one. So, I tend to believe music is important to activism in the sense that it stirs passion. It stirs interest. It stirs curiosity, it moves you to question your own beliefs. It strikes straight to your emotions and it stirs you up inside. After you’ve heard it, I think it marinates inside of you, and ends up coming out in your own energy.”

“I mean, there’s a more basic way that if you listen to ‘If I Had A Hammer’ or ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’ (both by Pete Seeger), these are things that are directly aimed at very socially conscious people and politically conscious people and are important in the same way hymns are important in church. It makes us strong — stronger in our beliefs. And in a certain moment, the right song can start a fire.”  Listen to the late Pete Seeger’s thoughts on music’s impact on Passages.



Springsteen seemed to gain momentum as he spoke.

“I wrote ‘41 Shots’ and it successfully pissed people off for a while. I ran into people who didn’t like me very much, I realized. And some people who really liked what I did a lot,” Springsteen said.

“American Skin (41 Shots)’ was written about the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea, by four New York City plain-clothes police officers.

“So, (music) can stir the pot. It can bring ideas to the fore, and it can create dialogue and create conversation and create argument out of which hopefully comes some sort of small resolution of events,” Springsteen said. “It also documents things, it’s historical in nature. If you go back to the great folk music of the ‘60s, Woody Guthrie’s music, not only is it beautiful but it’s a document of events and the way people fought and felt and experienced things at that time. It’s very important to the way that we think and experience things. If you listen to great music from the ‘30s, Woody’s music, and you can apply it today to many, many injustices — injustice is injustice.

“Those things resonate down through the years and they keep people alive. They keep the singers’ voices alive, they keep people like Joe Hill alive, they keep Martin Luther King alive, Malcolm X alive. Songs do have the capacity to translate and to communicate, and to sustain and serve. So I have a deep belief in pop music as a political force, that’s the best way I can answer that question.”


The audience broke out into applause.


New music from Bruce Springsteen and Pittsburgh’s Joe Grushecky


That’s What Makes Us Great

They come from everywhere
A longing to be free
They come to join us here
From sea to shining sea
And they all have a dream
As people always will
To be safe and warm
In that shining city on the hill
Some wanna slam the door
Instead of opening the gate
Aw, let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great
Don’t tell me a lie
And sell it as a fact
I’ve been down that road before
And I ain’t goin’ back
And don’t you brag to me
That you never read a book
I never put my faith
In a con man and his crooks
I won’t follow down that path
And tempt the hands of fate
Aw, let’s turn this thing around
Before it gets too late
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great
In the quiet of the night
I lie here wide awake
And I ask myself
Is there a difference I can make?
It’s up to me and you
Love can conquer hate
I know this to be true
That’s what makes us great


Brand new Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers song with Bruce Springsteen . A Trump Protest song written by Joe Grushecky. Get your copy today!!

The Right Attitude is part of being a Steelers player!

There are many great Steelers with a number of them in the the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Besides being talented players on the field there were other qualities that the organization shaped by the Rooney family and Chuck Noll in the 1970s looked for too.  Gary Anderson who came from South Africa as a soccer player and was picked up by the black and gold as a placekicker tells about having the right attitude for being part of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Today at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh Dan Rooney’s funeral will be held, may he rest in peace.  Dan as an NFL owner, a community leader, and Ambassador to Ireland had the right stuff.



Several Stories About Rabbits … Happy & Blessed Easter!

Lenore helps us to appreciate what a child and a family goes through when death is near and what they cherish later in life even though it was a painful time.  Listen to her story of her daughter and wondering about how you catch a rabbit on Passages.

A story of show & tell and wondering how to name a rabbit, from the Christian Leadership in New Testament video series by Dr. Ken Bailey commissioned by The Synod of the Trinity and produced by Presbyterian Media Mission.

Tapestry of Hope on Forgiveness

The Episcopal Bishop of Tehran finds himself walking in the footsteps of God.  How do we learn to forgive in some of the most extreme cases of hatred and violence?  Listen to Ken Bailey tell this story of tragedy and hope that is found through Jesus Christ.  Read about the Bishop and his son in the guardian in the article below and then listen to the 60 second story of hope.

Obituary: The Rt Rev Hassan Dehqani-Tafti

The Rt Rev Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, who has died aged 87, was the Anglican Bishop in Iran from 1961 to 1990, survived an assassination attempt following the 1979 revolution and had to exercise the last 10 years of his episcopate in exile.


Ken Bailey and the Suffering God

From the Synod of the Trinity on Christian Leadership in the New Testament with Jesus being a leader as the Good Shepherd we come to some powerful reflections on Good Friday and the Cross.  Dr. Bailey through his studies helps us to experience the suffering God.  “The tears of God are the meaning of history!”

Good Shepherd 2 Study 4 Tend The Flock

Shepherd as leader is suppose to be there for the flock. Right? Ken Bailey helps us deal with responsibility in the congregation of a leader who is there to serve. Serve in what ways? What does it mean to suffer? How does suffering help to make us a better leader and closer to what Jesus shared about leadership?

Remembering the Glory Days of the Steelers

NFL Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Steelers defense of back Mel Blount remembers the glory days of the Steel Curtain on Passages. The Steelers organization headed up by Art and Dan Rooney are the heart and soul of this blue collar team of the AFC North Division.  We remember Dan Rooney who passed away Thursday, April 13th at the age of 82.  Listen to Mel’s reflection on the award-winning Passages audio show.