A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso retells the Biblical story of Cain and Abel from her book, Cain and Abel: Finding the Fruits of Peace. In a world often hurt by violence, this story is a starting point for discussing anger and its effects on those around us. By harnessing the power we have to deal with our emotions in positive ways, we can once again cultivate the fruits of peace and change the world for the better.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, award-winning author of inspiring books for children of all faiths and backgrounds, is a parent, spiritual leader, and storyteller appreciated in many countries. The second woman to be ordained as a rabbi (1974) and the first rabbi to become a mother, she and her husband were the first rabbinical couple to jointly lead a congregation, Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is active in the interfaith community and has written and lectured on the renewal of spirituality, women and religion, and the discovery of the religious imagination in children of all faiths.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program first aired in November 2001.
Christine Chakoian - Reflection on Peace
The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, reflects on the unwavering presence of God's peace.
Around the time the Soviets launched the space station Mir, I was studying Russian. Deep into reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the connection dawned on me: Mir wasn’t an arbitrary name, it was the Russian word for peace.
At a time when the U.S.S.R. and America were pointing nuclear warheads at each other, the name seemed grossly ironic. Inventing space flight looked easy compared to creating world peace. We’d never be able to do it.
Yet the image of Mir, peace, circling the globe was comforting to me. Even while our countries were hopelessly engaged in an arms race, even then, over and over again, peace was circling around the earth wrapping the world in a blanket of calm and hope—a presence beyond our own, unimpeded by the natural forces of gravity or pride.
God’s peace is like that for us. Even when anxiety of conflict threatens to overtake us, even then, God’s peace encircles us. An unwavering presence even when we cannot see it.