Bishop Mark Beckwith, Imam W. Deen Shareef and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz are joined by educators and students to discuss topic of education and teaching morality in the classroom and beyond;
Series uniquely combines religious and multi-secular perspective on headline news and topical issues
April 20, 2018 – NEWARK, NJ — NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced that the next edition of its unique multi-faith local series, A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi, will be a special, hour-long episode to air Wednesday, April 25 at 8pm. The series, hosted by Bishop Mark Beckwith, Imam W. Deen Shareef and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz, examines today’s headlining news through the unique lens of three major religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shootings, the subsequent student march to D.C. and the current political climate, this episode of A Matter of Faith explores education and the teaching of morality. Educators, officials and students join the hosts in discussion of our state of moral preparedness in today’s complicated world.
Explains Imam Shareef in the show, “Educational institutions can present comprehensive opportunities for social engagement while teaching healthy motives for advancing personal and community life.”
Adds Bishop Beckwith in the program, “In the last few months, our kids are asking us to help them develop a national network of civility, mutual respect and safety. A bridge of hope, safety mutual respect is being built between the generations.”
Sharing their perspective on the topic in the program are Tia Morris, Executive Director, Teach for America NJ; Mildred C. Crump, Newark Municipal Council President; Dr. Margaret Dames, Superintendent for Catholic Schools Newark Arch Diocese; Professor Bernard Freamon, Seton Hall Law School; Stuart Wexler, Teacher from Hightstown High School; Janice Kroposky, teacher from Asbury Park High School; and two students from the Asbury Park district: Eliyah Tulley and AnYea Myles. Fellow students provided an audience for the taping of the show.
Post-discussion, the Bishop, the Imam and the Rabbi close each episode with individual sermons or benedictions for broader perspective on the issues.
“I believe in education as part and parcel of spiritual life,” says Rabbi Gewirtz in the program. “Our children are…our only chance at a better tomorrow.”
A Matter of Faith with A Bishop, An Imam and A Rabbi is produced by Public Media NJ, Inc. John Servidio is Executive is Charge and Mike Kostel is Executive Producer.
The series debuted in 2017; watch previous episodes here.
Support for A Matter of Faith with A Bishop, An Imam and A Rabbi is provided in part by the William & Mary Greve Foundation, Esme Usdan and the Lemberg Foundation, Ross Wisnewski and George Reeves, and by these funders: Madeline and Charles Dreifus and Donald and Margery Karp.