Tag: All God’s Children

“A holiday for All God’s People” Remembering MLK Jr.

Minister Martin Luther King, Jr. preaching

Laura got to know Martin Luther King, Jr.  She shares about being in his presence on Passages.  Listen to the two audio short stories from her below.

Here is an audio short story from Lena who grew up in an all white community.  She goes to camp as a youth and then to college to discover diversity and all of God’s people.  Listen by clicking on the audio button below.

A friend, mentor & colleague most of my adult life is Dennis Benson. He wrote in a recent post on FB about his personal encounter with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that took place several years prior to the march in Selma–before he received national attention. King was the little known speaker at a Monday evening chapel service at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where Dennis was going to school.

Dennis writes, “I was a new student, a fresh graduate from the University of Michigan. I was in Chicago to study theology for the next four years. I was innocent about the great issues of the time. That evening Dr. King jammed an emotional crowbar into my locked political safe.”

It is strange how King’s low-key presentation to a small group of students, Dennis went onto tell in his post, “was so revolutionary to many of us. Three or four of us gathered around Dr. King after his sermon. I don’t remember asking him any questions. I just wanted to stay in his presence. I suddenly longed for his passion for justice.”

Well Dennis was able to share some of that passion for justice in being one of the co-producers for the ecumenical award-winning radio special “All God’s Children” that was heard on stations across the North America on the first Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 20, 1986.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Day

Give a listen to an edited version for the web of “All God’s Children” from SandCastles and the Presbyterian Media Mission (PMM). Click on the audio button below.

A holiday to be celebrated by all of God’s people!

Have a blessed and rewarding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday! Do something special for someone who is a little different than you today and everyday!

“The Survivor”  Holocaust

Steve is a Jewish survivor of the Nazi death camps.  He was interviewed by Passages Host/Producer Dennis C. Benson when he did a talk show on Sunday mornings for WDVE-FM in Pittsburgh.  Our theological theme is “All God’s Children.”  Steve survived in not getting sent to the gas chambers in Auschwitz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_chamber  You can read part of his story (below the picture of the prison and a newspaper headline) he shares on Passages when you click on the audio button along the bottom of this page.  Auschwitz http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/othercamps/auschwitzgaschambers.html


Steve’s Passages Story

Passages Host:  Dr. Mengala orders the people  from the cattle cars into two lines to work or to the gas chambers.

Passages Guest Steve:  We arrived in Auschwitz.  Dr. Mengala stood at the head of the line waving right and left.  For some reason, I wasn’t sent to the gas chambers right away.

Passages Host: Steve a survivor of Auschwitz remembers.  This is Passages where people share in their own words their stories of courage.  I’m  Dennis Benson.  Courage blooms in the concentration camp.

Passages Guest Steve:  I guess for a 13 year old I was pretty tall and pretty strong at that time.  So I got into a barrack with about a thousand kids my age.  German civilian foreman would come, selecting workers for their factories.  Except they never came to look for anybody in my barracks because we obviously were not good candidates for labor.  I spoke fluent German.  And I became and interpreter.  Since I spoke Serbian I could pick up on Polish.  I became interpreter to a Polish couple, trustee who was in one of the barracks.  In that position, I could participate in the Resistance Movement in Auschwitz, smuggling food, smuggling information to the Polish underground.

Passages Host:  Steve’s story of courage in the face of the horror of the Holocaust is a gift from your Presbyterian and United Methodist friends.