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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #215

The recent murders of a gay college student and a doctor who performed abortions have alarmed those who believe the many public disagreements over homosexuality and abortion have helped create a climate of violence. This week in Washington, there was a conference on how religious participants could try to restore civility to the public debate. Correspondent Paul Miller attended the conference and files his report. Meet Michael Birck--a businessman running his company by the golden rule. Birke, the CEO of Tellabs, Inc., prides himself on achieving success without sacrificing his ethical standards. When his company hit tough times a few years ago, he asked senior management--including himself--to take a 20 percent pay cut and workers to shift to a four-day work week rather than imposing layoffs. After a few months, the company returned to normal and no jobs were lost. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly correspondent Judy Valente brings us the story of an extraordinary man protecting his employees as well as his profits. As the federal government makes drastic changes in its welfare system, many recipients are left wondering where to turn for help. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly correspondent Barbara Rodgers brings us the story of a church in Sacramento, California, that is picking up the pieces. Murph Emmanuel AME Church, along with 29 other churches in the Sacramento community, has pledged to help those being pushed off the welfare rolls. We take a look at the church?s programs to help former recipients transition to the wo rkforce and the impact they?ve had on one woman. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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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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