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A Place for All: Faith and Community for People with Disabilities
New York, October 20, 2010 -- Making faith communities more accessible to persons with disabilities is the topic of a unique interfaith documentary that will air on many NBC-TV affiliates nationwide beginning November 14
A Place for All: Faith and Community for Persons with Disabilities is presented by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC), a coalition of Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic faith groups, as part of NBC’s 2010 Horizons of the Spirit series.
issue addressed by the program is critical, as it is estimated that 1 out of
5 Americans has a disability, says The Rev. Dr.
“There’s no substitute for face-to-face faith interaction,” Kinnamon reminds the viewers, noting that faith groups, of all the organizations in society, should be at the forefront of facilitating the full participation of those with disabilities in every aspect of community life.
Other faith leaders contributing include:
Others interviewed include Rev. Bill Bixby, Director Of Youth Ministry,
ELCA; Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
and Rabbi Robert Levine, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Rodeph Sholom,
The documentary also features Rabbi Darby Leigh, spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Keshet in New Jersey and one of the handful of deaf rabbis in the world; members of ELCA’s DAYLE program where Definitely Abled Youth gather at the 40,000 strong triennial Evangelical Lutheran youth gathering; Pastor Beth Lockard, the leader of Christ the King Deaf Church; and Brandon Kaplan, a severely disabled boy with limited sight and speech who recently had the privilege of becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
NBC stations may begin airing the program at local times on November 14, 2010 as part of NBC’s Horizon's of the Spirit series, in cooperation with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC). The documentary is produced by Debra Gonsher Vinik.
A partial list of stations planning to carry the program is below. Additional stations will be posted at www.interfaithbroadcasting.com. Call your local station to ask that this important documentary be aired. A trailer can be viewed here.
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 36 member faith groups -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
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