Religion and Ethics Weekly- “The Life of Meaning”

Religion and Ethics Weekly, A Production of Thirteen/WNET New York recently sent along their monthly newsletter to our office which featured their new book, “The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt and Repairing the World.”

The press release reads in part:

Extraordinary people will say extraordinary things, especially when it is Bob Abernethy and his team at PBS’s RELIGION AND ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY doing the asking. THE LIFE OF MEANING (Seven Stories Press, April 5, 2007) presents fifty-nine extraordinary contributors speaking candidly about their search for meaning in their own personal lives, their experience of God, and for some, the struggle to reconcile faith and doubt. They include Jimmy Carter, Francis Collins, The Dalai Lama, Robert Franklin, Irving Greenberg, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harold Kushner, Anne Lamott, Madeleine L’Engle, Thomas Lynch, Martin Marty, Mark Noll, Rachel Remen, Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Brown Taylor, Studs Terkel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Phyllis Tickle, Desmond Tutu, Jean Vanier, Marianne Williamson and many others.

(You can see the original interviews online here.)

If you aren’t familiar with the show, you can read more about it here:

RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has been breaking ground in news reporting since its national debut on PBS in September 1997. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, this one-of-a-kind television newsmagazine provides insightful coverage and analysis of the news, people, events and trends behind the headlines in the rich world of religion and ethics. Jane Lampman of the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR says the program’s “succinct coverage of the week’s religion news and feature stories that get to the nub of trends with a human touch make it always-valuable viewing.” John Railey with the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL notes, “The work is top rate, with good writing and a deep understanding of the complex quilt that is American religious life.” And the Religion Newswriters Association credits the show for setting “a national standard for balanced and fair coverage of religious topics.

They also offer a lesson plan list divided by elementary, middle and high-school ages that was developed in conjunction with the show here, a viewers guide and links to featured sites.

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