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August 08, 2018, 02:38:10 am suzytr says: Hello, any good churches in the Sacto, CA area, also looking in Reno NV, thanks in advance and God Bless you Smiley
January 29, 2018, 01:21:57 am Christian40 says: It will be interesting to see what happens this year Israel being 70 years as a modern nation may 14 2018
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October 16, 2017, 03:28:18 am Christian40 says: anyone else thinking that time is accelerating now? it seems im doing days in shorter time now is time being affected in some way?
September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
September 20, 2017, 04:32:32 am Christian40 says: "The most popular Hepatitis B vaccine is nothing short of a witch’s brew including aluminum, formaldehyde, yeast, amino acids, and soy. Aluminum is a known neurotoxin that destroys cellular metabolism and function. Hundreds of studies link to the ravaging effects of aluminum. The other proteins and formaldehyde serve to activate the immune system and open up the blood-brain barrier. This is NOT a good thing."
September 19, 2017, 03:59:21 am Christian40 says: bbc international did a video about there street preaching they are good witnesses
September 14, 2017, 08:06:04 am Psalm 51:17 says: bro Mark Hunter on YT has some good, edifying stuff too.
September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

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The Interfaith Broadcasting Commission exists to secure that attention from the electronic media for religion and religious values which their status in the minds and hearts of the American people merits. To fulfill this purpose the IBC seeks:

1.To heighten within the electronic media industries and the general public an awareness of and appreciation for the principles of the Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - and their importance in American life.
2.To demonstrate through programming a variety of ways in which faith is expressed in the lives of individuals.
3.To inspire individuals via the electronic media to explore ways in which faith can enrich their lives.
4.To influence in positive ways the quality and values of all programming.

The Interfaith Broadcasting Commission (IBC) is composed of four member groups:
National Council of Churches
Consortium of Jewish Organizations
Islamic Society of North America
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
representing 100,000,000 adherents in the United States.

In existence since 1980, the IBC is committed to providing outstanding television network programs with quality religious content for the three major television networks in the United States — ABC, CBS, NBC. Individually, faith group members of the IBC have been involved with these networks since 1951 (NBC), 1952 (CBS), and 1960 (ABC) — offering more than 50 years of programs that touch the lives of viewers. The IBC states that it "exists to secure that attention from the electronic media for religion and religious values which their status in the minds and hearts of the American people merits." Regarded as a primary source for faith based network programs, the IBC represents mainstream religion in our society, affirms the integrity of each other's faith perspective, and helps television in particular and mass media in general to exercise their societal and public service responsibilities.

IBC and the networks

In 1980 ABC was offering a weekly half-hour series called "Directions", airing 12:30pm Sundays on the network. Individual programs were produced in cooperation with individual faith groups, with only very occasional programs done with two or more groups cooperating. ABC would also utilize other, smaller faith groups for a small proportion of this series. "Directions" had begun on ABC in 1960. ABC also produced three liturgical specials during the year. Cooperating groups: Jewish Theological Seminary, National Council of Churches, Southern Baptist Radio & TV Commission, U.S. Catholic Conference.

In 1984 ABC discontinued its religious production unit, and in January, 1985, it began producing one-hour specials through its Special Events Unit (four such specials were produced in 1985-86), with all four faith groups cooperating in each special.

Then, in 1986, following a direction that NBC had taken a year earlier, ABC proposed to the faith group partners who cooperated with it that they assume the responsibility for producing programs that would be distributed by ABC. ABC offered initial production funding for 1987 and 1988; the first program produced and aired on the network under this arrangement was in June, 1988, under the series title VISION AND VALUES.

At the same time ABC said that it would no longer produce the liturgical specials, although it would offer network air time and a feed for programs produced by the faith groups for three liturgical specials a year (Easter, High Holy Days, Christmas Eve). This pattern of providing liturgical specials has continued.

Members of the IBC have worked with CBS in various manifestations since 1952 (including the program series "Look Up and Live", "Lamp Unto My Feet", and "For Our Times"). Most recently the IBC has worked with the RELIGION AND CULTURESeries (Executive Producer, Jack Blessington) since 1989 in the production of four half-hour programs each year. These programs reflect the interests and concerns of the faith communities represented in the IBC. The CBS production team works diligently to represent these interests and concerns in the programs that eventually reach the public via CBS stations. Those contacted by members of the CBS production team as productions are researched are urged to cooperate with them so that faith perspectives might become a richer part of the American television landscape.

Beginning in 1950 NBC had produced and offered to its affiliates programs related to the four major faith groups in America in order to fulfill, in part, its public service responsibilities. In 1985 NBC (represented by Merryle S. Rukeyser and Betty Hudson) asked these four faith groups, which were then represented by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, to meet.

At that meeting NBC informed the faith groups that it was disbanding its religion production unit, although it would continue to produce "liturgical specials" through Special Events. In place of NBC production of religious (documentary-style) programs, NBC proposed funding for two years to do program productions which would air on the NBC network. After discussions, it was understood that these monies would fund four one-hour specials per year (one each produced by each faith group). Moreover, the four programs would air in a close-enough time proximity so that they could be seen by affiliates as a series. NBC also agreed to provide funding for two years for promotion of the series to stations and to audiences. NBC specifically stated at this time that future grants under this arrangement, after the initial two years, would be determined by a demonstrated success in terms of station clearances.

Programs were produced and aired on NBC beginning in 1988 under the series title of THE PROMISE OF AMERICA, which was used again in 1989. Beginning in 1990 and continuing to date the series title has been HORIZONS OF THE SPIRIT.

Promotion efforts by the faith groups in 1988 and 1989 resulted in extraordinarily high station clearances and ADI's. In fact, the station clearance figures for both of these first two years under this new arrangement were at least twice as high as those for the most recent previous NBC religious specials produced by the network: the average station clearance for the four specials in 1988 was 150 and the average ADI was 82.75%; and in 1989 the average clearance was 148 and the ADI was 87.25%.

However, funding for program production and promotion was reduced in subsequent years and eliminated altogether by 1992, although NBC would continue to feed IBC programs to affiliates via satellite.

Moreover, in 1992 NBC News, which had continued to produce liturgical specials (Passover, Easter, Christmas Eve Mass from Rome, and Christmas Day), informed the IBC that it would no longer produce these specials (except for the Christmas Eve Mass) though it would accept programs produced by IBC members for these holy days and distribute them to affiliates. One result of this decision was a new Thanksgiving special, produced cooperatively by the IBC on behalf of all its members, and offered twice (1992 and 1993) to NBC affiliates. In early 1996 the IBC was informed that NBC would consider the Easter (or Passover) special to be a network program, beginning in 1997.

Of even more import than the funding, around 1990 NBC stopped considering the documentary programs as network programs (the same was true for liturgical programs beginning in 1992, with the exceptions noted above), and NBC stopped indicating to its stations that these were part of the network line-up. Rather, they were simply offered to the stations on the satellite.

Throughout this process the IBC has continued its commitment to provide the highest quality of programs to NBC stations -- a commitment which the IBC re-affirms and continues as it produces both documentary and liturgical programming.

Member Organizations

National Council of Churches
Islamic Society of North America
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
New York Board of Rabbis
Union for Reform Judaism
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