“Won’t you be my neighbor?” A Mister Rogers Documentary

By Steven Reed

For Fred Rogers, love is the answer. Mr. Rogers, an ordained Presbyterian minister, thought that all children should grow up knowing that they are loved and that each one is a unique person.

After viewing the movie, we used 5 questions to guide us:
1) How do we engage in the conflict of our relationships, especially when people are different from us, while providing understanding and safety?
2) How do we see Christ in one another?
3) How are we learning to be disciples who can risk making mistakes for the sake of loving/caring for each other?
4) In what ways do we fail to be welcoming and inviting with a genuine longing to be in relationship with one another, and why?
5) How can we cross the barriers of diversity to serve one another with a genuine love?

The discussion centered on developing active listening skills to understand rather than refute, to acknowledge the feelings of others, to find the similarities among us, and to realize that God dwells in each and every one of us. Many of us thought that using our faith to guide our actions and speech would also help bring about neighborly love. We should learn from our failures and accept that grace means we can fail on our journey to foster love in the world. Finally, it was suggested that we boldly step across the boundaries that separate us from our neighbors.

This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

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