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MennoMedia’s “Shaping Families” features Berenstain Bears writer/illustrator


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
October 28, 2011
-Melodie Davis

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va.—Shaping Families, the 15-minute weekly radio program of MennoMedia, will feature an exclusive interview with the writer/illustrator of the Berenstain Bear books for children on Nov. 5, 2011. Programs in November also address alcoholism, caring for aging parents, and food preservation. 

The programs air on line for Canadian listeners at  as follows:

  • Nov. 5: “Teaching Kids through Books.” Michael Berenstain, author and illustrator of many books in the Berenstain line of children’s books and products, tells how he got into the family business and reflects on some of his favourite books.
  • Nov. 12: “Rescuing Dad.” A man named Earl tells how his family confronted him about his alcoholism and how he is maintaining sobriety today.
  • Nov. 19: “Saving the Seasons.” Mary Clemens Meyer and Susanna Meyer, a mother/daughter team who authored Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything, talk about the current enthusiasm for reviving this formerly dying art.
  • Nov. 26: “The Privilege of Caring for Parents.” Kayalaan Concepcion, originally from the Philippines, talks about her culture’s extraordinary respect and care for elders, and how this attitude can be fostered in North America.

Also featured at the website is a weekly blog by host Burton Buller, a weekly recipe, a study guide useable by Sunday school classes, and many additional resources.

Shaping Families is produced by MennoMedia, a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA and creating faith-based print, video, radio, and web resources.

MennoMedia is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.