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Turning swords into plowshares is easily said but very hard to do. Peacemaking has been at the core of being Presbyterian and a key attribute of the larger overall Christian family even though at times our humanity gets in the way of truly living it out. Someone who has walked the walk and talked the talk when it comes to Peacemaking is Rev. Bill Lowery. I had the pleasure to sit and talk with him about his work in the Sudan at a church just outside of Washington D.C. Sudan like Syria is an unstable country that finds itself relying on the U.S. and Russia for weapons in the on-going fighting and strife happening internally. The struggle is great! Listen to Bill talk about the tension for weapons in developing countries on Passages in the Media Center below.

A kindred spirit in the late 1970s Martin Doblmeier was a young filmmaker producing a magazine-style television program that told stories about religion in the United States. One of the first subjects of his Real to Reel programs were the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic order of religious women who live and work in the Bronx, New York City.

Not long after Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize, Doblmeier received a telephone call from the provincial of the order. “Mother Teresa’s going to be here in a week,” she said. “We’re going to let you be the only one to interview her.”

Doblmeier spent two days with the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and during their conversations he shared his hopes for the film: “Mother Teresa, we want this television program to be really big, with millions and millions of people watching it.”

She stopped him with these words: “God does not call us to do great things; but little things with love.” Listen to Martin share about his being a filmmaker on Passages in the Media Center below.

What is Re-virginization? Sandi explains the pain and survival needed by young women working through troubled relationships. Listen to her share on Survivors in the Media Center below.

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Stories of Hope and Faith on Passages

Passages/Survivors are heard daily and weekly on 150 radio stations! Interviews and music clips are used as a "public service" for listeners by the stations who broadcast the shows. These stories are being heard on our network of stations across the North America and into 16 foreign countries. We are hearing from folks who are downloading stories to their Ipods and mp3 players for inspiration and sharing them with others! Some clergy and church leaders are re-telling these stories as inspirational moments. The Passages programs featured here are a handful of over 3,000 stories that PMM has produced in over 25 years of providing PASSAGES & Survivors to radio stations as a gift from your Presbyterian, Mennonite, and United Methodist friends.

For more information on PASSAGES e-mail us at pmm@passages.org Executive Producer of Passages, Dennis C. Benson, can be reached at 616-510-0873

MEDIA LITERACY Notes: Recognizing the need for gender balance and positive portrayals of women and girls in the media, the Girl Scouts of the USA along with the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and The Creative Coalition hosted the Healthy Media for Youth Summit. The summit recommended the formation of a Commission to spearhead an industry-wide commitment to promote positive images of girls and women in the media. For more information on their first high level meeting google Girl Scouts to find out more information on this program. Copy and paste this link into your internet search http://www.girlscouts.org/news/news_releases/2011/seek_healthy_media_for_youth.asp

Two studies led by RAND Health behavioral scientist Rebecca Collins examined the impact of TV sex on teenagers� sexual beliefs and activities. The results supported the view that watching shows with sexual content may influence teen sexual behavior, but also found that some viewing effects can be positive. Watching TV shows with sexual content apparently hastens the initiation of teen sexual activity. What about some of the reality shows on MTV? Sexual talk on TV has the same effect on teens as depictions of sex. Shows with content about contraception and pregnancy can help to educate teens about the risks and consequences of sex�and can also foster beneficial dialogue between teens and parents. Media literacy is for everyone to use in evaluating media intake or consumption. For more info contact PMM at (412) 323-1400 ext. 311.

How does TV viewing of violent cartoons impact young children? A recent study shows that there is a good possibility of attention deficit problems to the very young watching violent cartoons.

PMM's Mission Statement: In a world of confusing and competing messages, the Presbyterian Media Mission communicates a creative and compelling witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through media. To contribute to PMM's media ministry with a financial gift please call or e-mail our office at (412) 323-1400 ext 310 or pmm@passages.org For more information on making a charitable gift to media ministry!

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Passages Lynn's Story "the Struggle Made Her"
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Survivor's Angela's Story "Being a Parent is Special"
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Passages Wilford's Story "Mutual Understanding"
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Passages John's Story "The Corymeela Community"
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Passages Gene's Story "Sharing God's Love"
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Passages Parker Palmer Story "Keep Your Death Before You"
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Survivor's Sandi Story "Re-virginization"
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Passages Melvin's Story "Growing Up Dysfunctional"
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Passages Martin's Story "Producing Stories with Love"
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Passages Bill's Story "Weapons in Developing Countries"
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The Reverend Chris Brown - Co-Pastor, The Upper Room
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Walk - Silver Remi Award Winning Video from Pittsburgh General Assembly 2012
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