Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show #1543 is fed over PBS on Friday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. (check local listings).
• Churches and the Mentally Ill – An estimated one in ten individuals will experience a severe and persistent mental illness at some point in his or her life and many have had difficulty finding a welcoming house of worship. Deborah Potter visits churches that have had special programs and significant success ministering to this usually disenfranchised population.
• United Farm Workers 50th Anniversary – Fifty years ago Cesar Chavez made history as a charismatic leader who built a union that organized and represented poor and immigrant farmworkers. He achieved victories in improving their wages and working conditions, often through close partnerships with communities of faith and actions heavy with religious imagery. Saul Gonzalez reports on Chavez’s legacy and where the union stands today.