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In Word and Deed: Show #003 (HS, ADULT)
This show, which aired on 12/2/01, features the following topics and guests. Cobleskill resident, Jack Daniels, discusses why he became Roman Catholic and how his pacifism leads his life. We meet Imam Quassam Mohammed Yusefee, who serves Schenectady's Afghan-American community. Yusefee gives us a look into the Afghan Islamic Center and talks about his faith. David Kaczynski, Director of New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty, talks about his path in life and his active role with NYADP. Sister Helen Prejean, author of the bestseller "Dead Man Walking", joins us in this segment; and Bishop Howard Hubbard discusses, with host Bob Cudmore, David's role with NYADP.

Building the Kingdom: Intro. to Political Responsibility for Catholics (HS, ADULT)
This videotape, prepared by the New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops, explores legislative issues of concern to New York State's Bishops; examines how State government works; explains why the Church works in the public policy arena; and recommends how Catholics can play a crucial role in this important work.

UN: Earth's Hope (ADULT)
For fifty years, the United Nations has struggled with issues of peace and justice, economic haves and have-nots, the clash of cultural perspectives, and the environment. Churches have been central to envisioning a strong UN which would move the world's peoples toward freedom and security for all. This video, created by the National Center For Resource Center Directors, looks at the story of the UN along with the formative and supportive role of the churches.

Faithful Citizenship: Civic Responsibility For A New Millennium (ADULT)
A message from the United States Catholic Bishops inviting all Catholics to "share our values and raise our voices." Encouraging all citizens to be informed, active, and responsible participants in the political process, the Bishops ask Catholics to bring their moral values and principles to the debate. By evaluating political platforms and issues in light of the principles of Catholic social teaching, we as Catholics can work together for a brighter future that benefits the common good. This video is a wonderful resource and discussion starter for diocesan and parish leaders.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 1 (ADULT)
This is the introduction/overview video for this series. The purpose of this comprehensive educational resource is to help parents and caregivers, teens and children examine media violence, find alternatives to violent entertainment, identify links between violence on screen and on the street, and introduce skills of media advocacy. PARENT/CAREGIVER UNIT (Part 2) -7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts; offers 90-min. "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. TEEN/ADULT UNIT (Part 2) -7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos & movies; includes action & advocacy activities. ELEMENTARY (Grades 4&5) and MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) UNIT (Part 3) -8 lessons, 8 video segments, 17 worksheets; explores the consequences of media violence & challenges media's heroes/heroines.

Marketplace Prophets (HS, ADULT)
This documentary reviews 100 years of Catholic social teaching. It examines how that teaching has developed and been implemented since 1891 when Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical, Rerum Novarum (On the Condition of Workers). Highlighting the social, economic, and industrial upheavals in Europe and the United States at the turn of the century, this video shows a Catholic Church that separated its concerns from those of the world. It also features the organizations of the institutional Catholic Church that currently work to break the cycle of injustice here and abroad: the Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, the Social Development and World Peace Secretariat of the USCC, and Catholic Charities USA. This video is recommended for adult education groups, secondary school programs, media resource libraries, and anyone interested in how the Church carries out its social justice mission on a day-to-day practical level.

Political Responsibility (ADULT)
The United States bishops' 1995 statement "Political Responsibility: Proclaiming the Gospel of Life, Protecting the Least Among Us, and Pursuing the Common Good" is summarized in video format to provide a concise and compelling version of this important message for use by individuals, parishes and dioceses. The bishops ask us to measure every political agenda and every policy proposal by how it touches human life and how "the least among us" fare.

Talking About the Death Penalty (HS, ADULT)
As Catholic Christians, we believe that all human life is sacred. We must respect and uphold the dignity of every human person - every unborn child, every elderly or sick person, and even the worst murderer. This video looks at the death penalty from a Catholic perspective.

Lethal Selection: Americans Speak Out On The Death Penalty (HS, ADULT)
This video deals with current popular opinion about the death penalty. Based on live footage from human rights hearings at Philadelphia City Hall in March 1996, it includes testimonies from a death row survivor, a DNA expert attorney, a human rights advocate, a pro-death penalty lawyer, a radio talk show host, and abolitionists. It shows the deep ambivalence people have about executions and it gives both sides of the argument for the viewer.

Making Sense of Christian Morality: The Gospel is a Social Message (ADULT)
Paulist priest and moral theologian Richard Sparks provides insights into living Christian values. He shows how Christian morality "makes sense" in a time when we all have complex and challenging decisions to make. Here is the best of Christian moral theology expressed in a realistic and pastoral way. Portrayals of contemporary life and enacted scenes make these insights come to life. This video explores why churches must speak out on issues like racism, militarism, and economic justice; "social sin" and who is accountable for it; the meaning of "common good", the meaning of "communitive", "distributive" and "social" justice; the "seamless garment" approach to life issues; and why "whenever life and human dignity are threatened, Christians ought to be present and active with both immediate aid and long-term reform".

Mouse's Tale (Hunger, Food Production) (JH, HS, ADULT)
This is an animated cartoon exploring the issues surrounding international food production and its relationship to hunger and famine. This provocative video will serve as a spirited discussion starter for youth and adult groups alike.

NYS Child Abuse Reporting Laws " Rights and Responsibilities" (ADULT)
Attorney Michael Costello discusses the New York State Child Protective Services Act of 1973 and its implications for the Church and church-related schools. He discusses "reasonable beliefs, " "obligatory vs. discretionary" reporting, "official capacity" of reporting agent, and confidentiality. He entertains questions for discussion. (Sound quality improves after about 5 minutes)

Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Threat to the Gift of Life (ADULT)
This video presents the issue of physician-assisted suicide, with commentary by Dr. Kathleen M. Foley of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, Director of Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioethics. Police Officer Steven McDonald and cancer patient Irving Herbert are also featured. The program is intended to raise awareness and stimulate discussion, focusing on several topics: euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and raising individual consciousness.

Violence Unveiled: The Gospel at Work in History (ADULT)
Gil Bailie and Richard Rohr engage in a lively discussion about our cultural, spiritual and moral crisis and the importance of the Christian Gospels in understanding and responding to it. Using Gil Bailie's recent book, Violence Unveiled, as the focus, these videos highlight talks by Bailie on the book's central themes, with commentary by Richard Rohr. These ideas are brought to life with the insight, humor and spiritual depth characteristic of these two well-respected and inspiring teachers. This set of four videos is a wonderful resource for group or individual study, providing a wealth of material for stimulating meaningful group discussion or for deepening individual spiritual exploration. Presented in clear, easy to understand language, these videos introduce you to one of today's most exciting discussions about the Cross and how it has changed the course of history.

Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? ... Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees (HS, ADULT)
Today, more than a million immigrants and refugees continue to come to our shores each year. They come to reunite with family, to find suitable work, or to escape persecution and civil unrest. They arrive with the same dreams and fears as those who came before. This is the story of three Catholic parishes that have discovered in the newcomer the face of Christ: Notre Dame d'Haiti Parish in Miami, Florida; St. Willebrord Parish in Green Bay, Wisconsin; and St. Mary's Parish in Greensboro, North Carolina. This video gives an up-close and personal look at some of the human faces behind the immigration debate in our nation; and examines why people are on the move around the world, who these people are, and how our Church is reaching out to them. This video is a companion piece to two publications: Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? A Catholic Educational Guide for Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees; and, Who Are My Sisters and Brothers? Reflections on Understanding and Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees.

Bloodborne Pathogens: Protection in the Educational Environment (ADULT)
HIV (AIDS) affects 35,000 people a year and HBV (Hepatitis B) affects 300,000 people a year. This video gives information on the transmission and prognosis of both HIV and HBV; and OSHA standards of protection against them: ways to minimize the risk of infection from blood borne pathogens.

Global Solidarity: A Framework for Parishes (ADULT)
Helping believers connect the Gospel to the world in which we live is one of the greatest challenges parishes face. As our world grows increasingly interdependent, the suffering of our sisters and brothers in other lands touches us more immediately and deeply. As members of a universal Church, Catholics are uniquely called to respond. The United States Bishops' statement, "Called to Global Solidarity: International Challenges for United States Parishes", offers support for United States parishes to act on the Gospel mandate to care for all of God's people, wherever they live. The Bishops recognize the challenges facing parishes trying to find effective ways to act on this message. They suggest that global solidarity can be woven into what parishes are already doing--into prayer, preaching, education, service, and action.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 3 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
Beyond the blame…beyond the debate are human beings--children, young people and adults of all ages--who are bombarded daily with violent images in the media and in popular culture. These videos provide a practical and positive program to counter the proliferation of media violence in our time. In classes and courses, after-school programs and parent workshops, individuals of all ages can learn important skills for reducing their exposure to media violence along with challenging its growing presence in our culture. The two videos are: Video B consisting of 8 segments for elementary grades 4 and 5, and Video C consisting of 8 segments for middle school grades 6 to 8.

Keeping the Earth (ADULT)
Religious and scientific perspectives on the environment. Produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists. Should be used with meditation/reflection by the HomeLand Committee.

Glidepath To Recovery (Father Peter Young) (HS, ADULT)
"Rehabilitate: Don't Incarcerate!" is the longtime slogan of Father Peter Young, a Catholic priest who has spent over 35 years working with men and women struggling to stay out of prison and free themselves from addictions. Working out of the Albany, New York area, Father Young has helped thousands of addicted people reclaim their lives and futures by means of his "glidepath" philosophy. His glidepath includes three components: recovery, housing, and jobs. Joined seamlessly together, these offer addicted men and women a fighting chance to become healthy, employed, tax-paying citizens with careers, families, friendships and futures. This dynamic program, full of tears and laughter, introduces audiences to Father Peter and many in his recovery community who share their dramatic, death-to-life stories. They have followed his Glidepath to Recovery and landed safely.

Proclaim Jubilee: Break the Chains of Debt (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video focuses on getting the United States Congress to help reduce the debt burden of the poorest countries in a way that will channel the benefits to poor people in those countries. The Hebrew Scriptures teach us how to proclaim Jubilee. The book of Leviticus calls for a year of Jubilee every 50 years. People who have lost their land or liberty because of heavy debts are to be freed from this burden. They get their land and their livelihood back. This video will help viewers understand the debt issue.


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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