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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #214

News/Cover: December first was World AIDS Day. The United Nations reports that 33 million people are infected worldwide with the HIV virus. In America, the disease has reached epidemic proportions within the African American community. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY correspondent Juan Williams attended a World AIDS Day rally in New York by prominent black preachers. We take a look at what the black church in America is doing to help curb the spread of this deadly disease. Feature: RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY correspondent Verta Mae Grosvenor explores the spirituality of the Gullah culture. Isolated from mainland America until the mid-twentieth century, the Gullahs--descendants of West African slaves--flourished on the barrier islands of Georgia and the Carolinas. We visit one of these islands and get a glimpse of the unique blending of African and Christian practices passed down by the Gullah people. Perspectives: In our perspectives segment this week, we talk with David Beckman, President of Bread for the World, a Christian anti-hunger group. We will discuss international debt, world hunger and whether it is a lack of supply or a lack of political will that is the cause of worldwide hunger. Bread for the World is a nonpartisan Christian citizen's movement that focuses on using the power members have as citizens in a democracy to influence how government decisions affect hungry people. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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