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A post-Christmas special on spirituality is the third national television program produced in the past year by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Office of Communication. The Disciples produced the Easter and Christmas television specials in 1996.
"Finding God in Our Time" will air Dec. 28 on most ABC affiliates across the country, said the Rev. Theodore J. Nottingham, producer. He is director of production and consultation services for the Disciples. Interested viewers are encouraged to call the Office of Communication or their local ABC station to confirm the broadcast time and date. This information also will be listed on the web page (www.disciples.org).
A highlight of the December broadcast is the presence of a celebrity host. Actor John Stamos, a member of Church of the Valley, Van Nuys, Calif., a Disciples congregation, narrates the program. Stamos stars on the television comedy series, "Full House."
The hour-long documentary features four Disciples congregations -- all new church starts -- as well as congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. The project seeks to show churches on the "cutting edge of creative, growing ministries," said Nottingham.
The Disciples segment highlights four dynamic new churches: multi-ethnic Fox Valley Christian Church, Aurora, Ill.; fast-growing Community of Faith, a predominantly African American Memphis church; the Korean Church of Love, Marietta, Ga.; and First Christian Church/Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Baldwin Park, Calif., a Hispanic/Anglo congregation. "Finding God in Our Time" will give the nation a "strong sense of who we are as the church," Nottingham said. "It also is a fine example of ecumenical cooperation for the sole purpose of sharing with the nation a vision of Christianity in our time."
With the December special comes an opportunity to finally "say who we are," said Nottingham. "We hope the program will attract new visitors to our congregations around the country."