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Compelling television viewing from
The Conscientious Objector, presented by the NCC and produced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, on many NBC stations beginning June 13. (If your local station isn't carrying this important show, call the station management and tell them how much you'd like to see it.)
Though not a member communion of the National Council of Churches, the Seventh-day Adventist Church sends representatives to the NCC Communication Commission and is active in the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. "The Conscientious Objector" is the true story of Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who overcame ridicule for his refusal to carry a weapon, then distinguished himself as a fearless saver of lives on the battle fields of the Pacific during the Second World War.
In one of the battles for Okinawa, the unarmed and unprotected Doss saved the lives of 75 wounded men as well as that of his commanding officer, dragging them one at a time in the face of certain death to a cliff side where he lowered each of them by rope to the camp below.
Some of the GI's he saved, including his Captain, were those who has mistreated him. His unselfishness and concern for their lives won him the respect of the Army and the nation, which awarded him The Congressional Medal of Honor. More information is available at www.desmonddoss.com.
Ministry of Animals, produced in cooperation with the National Council of Churches, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Islamic Society of North America, the Union of Reform Judaism and the New York Board of Rabbis, on CBS beginning June 13. John P. Blessington is the executive producer of the special and Liz Kineke is the producer.
Among the topics explored in the
program are dogs that the clergy uses as a means of pastoral care.
Also known as "ministry dogs," these assistance
dogs are formally trained at the National Education for Assistance Dog
Services' (NEADS) Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in
Founded in 1976, this non-profit organization trains service dogs for the deaf and disabled as well as animal-assisted therapy, such as those used in ministry.
program talks with Rev. Debbie Blanchard, Pastor of First Baptist Church in
The program visits Lynda and Larry Fisher, who are Mosby's caretakers. Lynda is a Deaconess and Larry volunteers for the church's food pantry. Ministry dogs are usually designated for members of the clergy, but NEADS made an exception after seeing the Fisher's love for dogs and their tireless service to church and community.
Also featured in THE MINISTRY OF
ANIMALS are the monks of New Skete, formerly part of an Byzantine-Rite
Franciscans who are now a separate Eastern Orthodox monastic community in
The program also visits
viewers will witness part of "The Annual Blessing of the Animals" at the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in
Coming Home: Hurricane Katrina 5 Years Later, presented by the National Council of Churches and produced by the Presbyterian Church (USA), on many NBC stations beginning September 12. (If your local station isn't carrying this important show, call the station management and tell them how much you'd like to see it.)
"You have to remember one thing when you drive through my city: behind every broken window...behind every boarded up empty house...There is a family trying to come home.”
Wanda was one of the thousands of families left homeless or displaced following Hurricane Katrina. Five years later, some of these families are still trying to return home. The most destructive hurricane in
The new documentary, "Coming Home: Hurricane Katrina 5 Years Later," gives insight into the relationships between volunteers and hurricane survivors and includes stories of how they have touched each other’s lives. DVDs are available from 800-524-2612.
Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, NCC Associate General Secretary, Justice, Advocacy and Communication, represents the NCC on the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission. Shirley Whipple Struchen is the NCC's Coordinator of Electronic Media Programming.
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