His soft-spoken voice mesmerized generations of us as children. Mr. Rogers was the nicest guy of all time. There has never been anyone any nicer. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of his famed half-hour television neighborhood ‘Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.’
Much has been written about Fred Rogers – the affect his TV presence had on children and maybe even more intriguing, the way he was in real life.As a Presbyterian minister, his real life mirrored his character on TV. He took his deep spiritual understanding of the world onto television loving people of all races, abilities, and backgrounds. Everyone was equal in his neighborhood. He would always ask, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
For five weeks we’ll explore spiritual themes that were important to Fred Rogers. We’ll relive the careless days of our childhood and open our hearts to his neighborhood once again. There is even rumor that Pastor Joel may preach in a tie and cardigan. We’ll hear stories from Fred Roger’s everyday life which found their way into his imaginary TV neighborhood. We’ll explore theme’s like: What does it mean to be a neighbor? Who is your neighbor? Its You I like, how solitude can be neighborly, the simplicity of neighboring, and how we are all the same on a subway train. Join us in an exploration of what it takes to be a neighbor.