Written by J. Bennett Guess
August 28, 2007
The UCC is the focus of this week's "I Believe" program, seen on many PBS television stations.
"I Believe" is a half-hour, 26-part series that provides an in-depth look at various faith traditions and different houses of worship. You can view the program online.
The series is hosted by veteran television host Dennis Wholey, who offers one-on-one interviews with religious leaders.
The UCC segment includes segments taped at the UCC Church House in Cleveland and at Cleveland's Euclid Avenue Congregational UCC.
Previous programs include Baltimore's historic Roman Catholic Basilica of the Assumption (Cardinal William H. Keeler); Virginia's McLean Bible Church (Pastor Lon Solomon); The Islamic Center of America (Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini) in Dearborn, Mich.; and Seventh-day Adventists World Headquarters (Elder Roscoe Howard) in Silver Spring, Md.
Wholey, who is Roman Catholic, said he was inspired to create "I Believe" one Sunday when he drove past a Protestant church with a full parking lot and wondered, "What goes on in there; what do those people believe?"
"The goal of 'I Believe' is not to create controversy or practice 'gotcha' journalism but to learn about different religions and faiths," Wholey said. "In America's rapidly changing culture, it's not enough to tolerate diversity; we need to actively seek to learn and respect the way other people live, what they believe, and how they worship."