Archive for October, 2012

Some Worthwhile TV

Dear Kindred in the Spirit,

Who said there’s only Honey Boo Boo and crazy reality weirdness on TV? This morning Charlie Rose interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Diaz whose novels reflect immigration experiences. He said:

there’s something about shifting worlds, coming from one world to the next that for a lot of people strikes a chord even if they didn’t come from another country. The idea of how do you make a home somewhere new is common to anyone . . . . and being simultaneously a part of two cultures.

Isn’t that what we’ve been talking about in our worship series, A Place to Call Home? How do we make ourselves at home in this creation?  How do we make ourselves a home for God in our lives and in our sometimes conflicting culture?

And last night the PBS show Half the Sky was breathtaking.  The important work of Somaly Mam (whose ministry I’ve been supporting for years) was highlighted.  She works with young girls (the youngest she recently rescued from a brothel was 3 years old).  Her efforts to rescue girls from sex slavery and provide for them a sense of home and safety and respect is so powerful– I just wanted to send her my paycheck.  She’s doing incredible work.  The show actually highlights many heroic efforts of those in different countries seeking to make the world better.  Part 2 of the show premiers tonight and you can no doubt catch it again, buy it, or pick it up soon at the library.  It’s worth the watch.

Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/activists and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world’s women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity.

The other show I just caught was Call the Midwife which follows a couple of new, young midwives making a home amongst the very poor in 1950’s East London.  At the heart of this world are the Sisters of St. Raymond Nonnatus who have been active in the East End as Anglican nursing nuns since the beginning of the 20th century.  Yet another story of home worth catching.

If you have other shows or movies you think worthy of watching, log onto our ELUMC facebook page and let us know. And join us for World Communion worship this Sunday for the conclusion of our Home series.


[ Oct 20, 2012: Admin apology : — Rev. Kelly prepared this P.o.S. a couple of weeks ago and I missed seeing and posting then. Hopefully it is better late than never. 😉 ]


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