Videos

Video: Black Churches Are Going Green

This video calls the Black church to see the connection between climate change and social justice.  “Climate change is disproportionately effecting black communities.  Black children have higher rates of asthma.  Typically, you have a lot of food deserts.  You have individuals who don’t have access to healthy food,” says Tyson Lord Gray, an Environmental Ethics […]

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Video: How To Have a Respectful Conversation

  How can you have a respectful conversation with someone about a really divisive issue without coming to blows?  Is it even possible?  The Minnesota Council of Churches hosted a series of “Respectful Conversations” about an upcoming marriage amendment.  Before the start, they offered the following video on the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of respectful dialogue.

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Video: Understanding What Muslims Mean by “Jihad”

  We all need a better understanding of Islam in America.  This video reports on a controversy over the meaning of the word “jihad,” which can mean “holy war” or simply “struggle.”  When an anti-Muslim activist started a campaign to define Islam as a violent religion, a group called “My Jihad” emerged to argue with […]

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Video: Food Banks Need Cash, Not Canned Goods

Food drives are popular during the holiday season, but the best way to help local food banks may be providing cash. That’s because a sizable portion of donated food must be thrown out due to high salt content, expiration date, or poor nutritional value. There are exceptions. Mother Nature Network suggests that canned beans, dry […]

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Video: The Biggest Thanksgiving Meal in NYC

The biggest Thanksgiving meal in New York City takes place at the Bowery Mission.  The kitchen crew prepares 500 turkeys, 4,000 pounds of potatoes, and 1,500 pounds of green beans.  Cannon Green, a cook, was hungry himself once.  “Everybody got to eat.  I have a passion for cooking.  When I’m doing that, I’m constantly thanking […]

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Video: From “Helping” to Building Relationships

In this video, Kevin Frank explains why it’s important for congregations to move beyond direct assistance, such as feeding, clothing and building homes for low-income persons, to building relationships with the people we serve and working together to strengthen the common good.  Frank is the Executive Director of the Brady Faith Center in Syracuse, NY.

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