Kresta in the Afternoon – November 27, 2014 – Hour 1

+  The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

  • Description: The all-new groundbreaking Lifetime series "The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns" follows five young women who are considering the life-changing decision of taking religious vows to become Catholic nuns. For the first time ever, cameras were granted access to three convents where the women live and work together alongside nuns during the discernment phase, the process wherein they decide if they want to formally continue on their holy path. In observance of the sacred vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, they leave behind everything they have come to love—boyfriends, family members and all their worldly possessions—to see if they have what it takes to become servants of the church and brides of Christ. Before the show premiers next Tuesday, we meet with Mother Mary Christina, the Mother Superior of one of the convents featured on the show.
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+  The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History

  • Description: The Pilgrims' celebration of the first Thanksgiving is a keystone of America's national and spiritual identity. But is what we've been taught about them or their harvest feast what actually happened? And if not, what difference does it make? Through the captivating story of the birth of this quintessentially American holiday, veteran historian Tracy McKenzie helps us to better understand the tale of America's origins—and for Christians, to grasp the significance of this story and those like it. McKenzie avoids both idolizing and demonizing the Pilgrims, and calls us to love and learn from our flawed yet fascinating forebears. The First Thanksgiving is narrative history at its best, and promises to be an indispensable guide to the interplay of historical thinking and Christian reflection on the meaning of the past for the present. Tracy joins us.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Robert Tracy McKenzie

      Robert Tracy McKenzie is the author of Lincolnites and Rebels: A Divided Town in the American Civil War and One South or Many? Plantation Belt and Upcountry in Civil War-Era Tennessee. He holds the History department chair at Wheaton College and is a former history professor at University of Washington. Tracy blogs about faith and American History at faithandamericanhistory.wordpress.com

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+  The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us about Loving God and Learning from History (continued)

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