The Common Good
March 2005

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | March 2005

Sources of StrengthLet the Church Say Amen tells the story of a tiny storefront church in Washington,

Sources of Strength

Let the Church Say Amen tells the story of a tiny storefront church in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood through the lives of four of its members. Like many who live in inner cities, each person fights homelessness, poverty, violence, and a limited economic future, but the World Missions for Christ Church and its family are a tremendous source of support. An intimate, gritty documentary about the saving grace urban churches offer. Airs March 29 on PBS.

Faith and Tolerance

Filmmaker Menachem Daum (center) was worried about the increasing religious intolerance of his two ultra-Orthodox sons. To them, non-Jews were incurably anti-Semitic. So Daum took them on a trip to Poland to find the Christian family who hid their grandfather and his brothers for two years during the Holocaust. Hiding and Seeking, an 85-minute film co-produced by Daum now out on DVD, beautifully documents the physical and emotional journey the family took. www.firstrunfeatures.com

Wisdom from Elders

The Veterans of Hope Project at Iliff School of Theology has added three new videos to its series of conversations with “veterans” of movements for social change: Dolores Huerta, a human rights organizer and co-founder of the United Farm Workers; Anne Braden, an anti-racist organizer and journalist; and Charles Long, a teacher and historian of religion. Fascinating first-person accounts of life on the front lines of change. A transcript and study guide is included with each $20 DVD. www.veteransofhope.org

Soul-Filling Verse

In Rise Up With a Listening Heart, the Orthodox monks of New Skete Monastery in upstate New York offer a beautifully crafted series of meditations on daily resurrections. How do we “rise up” from loneliness, self-doubt, and fear? How do we “rise up” with laughter, a listening heart, and creativity? These monks write with a fresh depth that keeps us focused on the path that takes us ever closer to the heart of God. Yorkville Press.

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