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Crime, Punishment & Redemption - an Interfaith Special - to be broadcast Oct. 5 on CBS

Crime, Punishment & Redemption, a CBS Interfaith Special, looks at how the faith community is helping returning citizens and their family members put their lives back together after incarceration. This special broadcast will be on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, Oct. 5 (check local listings).

One of the people featured in the program is Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Director of the Healing Communities Prison Ministry, who spoke to the RCC DC Chapter in February.

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A new front in the Ebola crisis

Larry HollonWith the killing of a delegation of health officials, journalists and a pastor by a mob of rural villagers in Guinea, an even more tragic page has turned in the Ebola crisis.

The mission of the group was to dispel rumors about the outbreak, but the villagers thought they had come to spread the virus. The people attacked the group with rocks. Eight bodies were later found, bearing signs of having been attacked with machetes and clubs.

The event is a severe example of the irrational fears that are rife across the region.

Read more on Larry Hollon's blog, Faith, Media & Culture. Rev. Hollon is a member of RCC and spoke at the RCC 2014 Convention in April.

Excellent resource for our Interfaith work

The Interfaith Observer

September 2014

Exploring Interreligious Relations & Interfaith Culture

Theology and Interfaith Dialogue
Never Wholly Other by Jerusha T. Lamptey, Ph.D.

Designing a Future for Interfaith Relations
Bud Heckman – An Interfaith Frank Lloyd Wright by David Crumm

Read more in the September edition of The Interfaith Observer

Waking In Oak Creek Documentary Reveals Community’s Inspiring Response After Deadly 2012 Hate Attack at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin

U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office and Not In Our Town announce new film documenting town’s healing after hate crime shooting at Sikh Temple

Not in Our TownOakland, CA — Waking in Oak Creek, a new documentary film about a community working together to overcome tragedy after six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin were killed by a white supremacist, has been officially released by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) and Not In Our Town.

The film goes beyond the headline-grabbing violence of one of the most deadly hate crime attacks in recent U.S. history. In the year following the shooting, Oak Creek community members come together to heal, and to address underlying issues of intolerance in their town. Police Lt. Brian Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving from the tragedy, emerge as leaders, and thousands gather for vigils and a 6K run to honor the victims. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.

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Free flow of information is critical in crisis

by Rev. Larry Hollon

Larry Hollon“Fear has gripped the nation.” With those words, the Rev. George Wilson of Liberia summed up the state of his country and described the cost of not allowing information to flow freely in a time of crisis.

Rev. Wilson, who is coordinating The United Methodist Church’s response to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, said in a conference call that fear is preventing people from taking proper steps in dealing with the deadly virus.

Read more on Rev. Larry Hollon's blog, Faith, Media & Culture. Rev. Hollon is a member of RCC and spoke at the RCC 2014 Convention in April.

Faith-Based Network TV Programs

"Modern Masters Of Religion," an interfaith special, set for Sunday, June 29 on CBS

"A New Calling: Spiritual Second Careers," an interfaith special on CBS

Building a Basilica: A Documentary

Living in the Shadows: Religion's Response to Human Trafficking

Journey Into Action: A Call To Care to air on NBC

World Religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Christian Science, and Jainism, An Interfaith Special, available online

Public television launches Sacred, a global crowd-sourced documentary depicting one year of spiritual and religious life on earth

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