BALLYCASTLE documents the artistic journey of Stuart Shils, a noted Philadelphia-based landscape painter of Jewish heritage whose life and work was forever changed by his encounter with a remoteseaside village in Northern Ireland. Moving between the starkly contrasting landscapes of Philadelphia and Ballycastle, the documentary highlights Ireland's exquisite light, dramatic scenery and fierce, ever-changing weather. Shils' passionate, colorful and often amusing reflections illuminate the life-altering effect of one village on an artist. Beyond the enormous impact of the creative experience, Shils' time in Ireland also deepened his appreciation of the connection between the Irish and Jewish people.
Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:00pm
"What Would Jesus Do?" — a question popularized by Rev. Charles M. Sheldon's book In His Steps — remains as relevant to American culture today as when it was first published in 1896. BEYOND THEOLOGY: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? explores the origins of the "What Would Jesus Do?" concept, connecting it to sermon stories delivered by Rev. Sheldon, a Kansas minister aligned with the social gospel movement of the 19th century. The program reconsiders this question in light of the cultural changes which have taken place in the United States over the last few decades. BEYOND THEOLOGY also examines the manner in which Sheldon applied the concept in his own life.
Jerusalem: Center of the World
Sat, 12/27/2014 - 10:00pm
Jerusalem is arguably one of the most fascinating and complicated cities in the world. This program draws on religious texts, the science of archaeology and oral traditions passed on through millennia to try to determine why this small city has occupied the minds of so many for so long. Host Ray Suarez of THE NEWSHOUR leads viewers to the holiest sites of Judaism, Christianity and Islam - on the land, from the sky and underground.
10 Buildings that Changed America
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 6:00pm
This program tells the stories of 10 American architectural marvels, including a state capitol building designed by Thomas Jefferson, the original indoor shopping mall, the first airport of the Jet Age and a futuristic concert hall. You may not be familiar with all of these buildings, but they probably shaped the way you live, work, shop and play. Host Geoffrey Baer takes a journey across America and inside these 10 groundbreaking works of art and engineering.
Tue, 12/23/2014 - 9:00pm
THE BLUEPRINT focuses on Seventh-day Adventist education, the third-largest private-school system in the United States and the second-largest in the world. More than a century ago, Adventist Ellen White championed the now widely used "whole person" approach to education that encompasses body, mind and spirit. This "blueprint for education" specifically emphasizes skilled training, healthy living and community service within a safe, faith-based environment. THE BLUEPRINT: THE STORY OF ADVENTIST EDUCATION ventures into the classrooms of a few of the nearly 1,000 schools across the United States operated by Adventists. In many cases, these schools provide students sanctuary from troubled home lives, tough neighborhoods and negative influences. Profiled schools include: The Bronx-Manhattan School in New York, The Holbrook Navajo Indian School in Arizona, Spencerville Adventist Academy in Maryland, Fletcher Academy in North Carolina, Pinon Hills School in New Mexico and Columbine Christian School in Colorado. The film also features interviews with school administrators, teachers, students, historians and education pioneer Parker Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach.
THE ASIAN AND ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS: A DIVINE ENCOUNTER IN AMERICA
Mon, 12/22/2014 - 7:00pm
THE ASIAN AND ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS: A DIVINE ENCOUNTER IN AMERICA explores the beliefs, practices and rituals of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The documentary offers an in-depth look at the differences and surprising similarities among the Asian religions and the "Abrahamic" faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Also examined are the challenges of interfaith marriage, the younger generation's struggle to reconcile their families' traditional expectations with the desire to forge their own identity, and the difficulties in maintaining one's cultural and religious heritage in a largely Judeo-Christian environment. Cinema verite-style scenes capture a variety of religious ceremonies, festivals, rituals and sacred dance: a Hindu holiday celebrating Ganesha's birthday; a service recounting the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, at a temple in Maryland; a royal Hindu wedding; and the 300th anniversary celebration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures. In addition, cameras visit the oldest Buddhist temple in the U.S., located in San Francisco's Chinatown, and contrast a Buddhist monastery in West Virginia with its Catholic counterpart in Washington, D.C.
The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
Sun, 12/28/2014 - 9:00pm
Simon Schama explores the bright, hopeful moment when Enlightenment thinkers and revolutionary armies brought ghetto walls crashing down - allowing Jews to weave their wisdom, creativity and energies into the very fabric of modern life in Europe. One of the most of fruitful branches of this Jewish renaissance was in music, and the stellar careers of Giacomo Meyerbeer and Felix Mendelssohn established the enduring tradition for Jewish musical prodigies. However, the remarkably successful integration of Jewish talent into the mainstream of European culture and commerce stirred up the ghosts of ancient prejudice, decked out in the new clothes of romantic nationalism and the pseudo-science of anti-semitism. The road to the hell of the Holocaust was paved by the diatribes of Richard Wagner, while the trial of Alfred Dreyfus led Theodor Herzl to conclude that without a homeland of their own, Jews would never be free of the millennia-old persecution.
The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama
Sun, 12/21/2014 - 9:00pm
Simon Schama's epic series continues with the story of medieval Jews struggling to preserve their identity - and sometimes their lives - under the rule of Christianity and Islam. Whether labeled "Christ-killers" by the Christians or "dhimmi" (non-Muslim citizens of an Islamic community) by the Muslims, diaspora Jews built new lives and invented new ways of being Jewish in exile in the face of discrimination, blood-libels and persecution interspersed with periods of tolerance, protection and peaceful co-existence. Drawing on some of the extraordinary documents they left behind, this episode offers a vivid portrait of Jewish bankers, merchants, doctors, poets and artists flourishing in Lincoln, Cordoba, Venice and Cairo and tells the heart-rending story of their mass expulsion from Spain in 1492.