Explore stories of faith in action and places where people of faith are tackling the hard issues—race, immigration, justice—that beg for solutions. Two local high schools journey south to learn about Civil Rights and each other; a Methodist church welcomes a growing group of African refugees; a small Presbyterian congregation honors its community with bilingual worship. Throughout the Metro, people seek common ground through faith.
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This week on the podcast, Adrian Florido tackles this debate: When immigrants facing deportation seek sanctuary, should they make their stories public? Do they decide or does the church?
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Hamtramck, Mich., used to be mostly Polish. Now, the population has changed, with a growing population of Muslims, coming mostly from Yemen and Bangladesh.
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With digital and broadcast storytelling and events designed with partners in the community, we will explore the interplay of religious life with youth culture, race, civic engagement and economic disparity. If you check the box marked “none” on surveys of religion, we want you, too, to take part in these discussions with us.
Part of a national initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Beyond Belief will challenge community members to imagine concrete ways to strengthen dialogue.
[Learn about 14 other projects around the country that are part of the same initiative.]
One way we’re planning to bring people together is through encouraging congregations to visit each other for worship, fellowship and dialogue. Perhaps two or more groups will find common ground in volunteering together. We’ll strike a balance between encouraging frank and open dialogue and documenting these events via digital and social media to share with others.
We also intend to explore how simple digital tools can help our community interact, perhaps guiding contributors to capture sound or images that become “postcards” from their places of worship. Community producer Annie Walsh provides a great model. Click the link to listen.
— Annie Walsh (@anneewalsh) February 18, 2016
When we’re done, we’ll have a model we can share with other public media organizations. The combination of outreach, dialogue, professional and “street” media, engagement of young, diverse producers, and the concentration on religion, faith and spirituality has the capacity to deepen and transform KCPT in keeping with our mission and the overall mission of public media in the U.S.