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Radio program features Mennonite guests


Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
February 17, 2012
-Melodie Davis

WATERLOO, Ont. and HARRISONBURG, Va. — For the month of March, the Shaping Families radio program will focus on working parents, volunteering, critical illness, grief, and overseas adoption. All but one of the programs features interviews with Mennonites.

Shaping Families is the 15-minute weekly radio program of MennoMedia.

The schedule for March:

  • Mar. 3: "Working Parents' Juggling Act." Gloria Rhodes, professor in peacebuilding and conflict at Eastern Mennonite University, tackles an everyday conflict: how to make a fulfilling and demanding career jive with parenting.
  • Mar. 10: "Volunteering." Stephan Kiernan, an award-winning journalist and author of several books, looks at how volunteering can reshape society with ordinary people who are making a big difference.
  • Mar. 17: "Surviving Brain Aneurism." Ruth Ann Wittrig, a former elementary school teacher in Goshen, Ind., almost died following an aneurism and surgery. She shares how her family coped and her church responded.
  • Mar. 24: "Adoption Challenges." Eugene and Martha, who wish to remain anonymous, share the struggles they had in adopting a child from Asia. That child has since grown up to be a successful attorney.
  • Mar. 31: "Grief and Grace." Edith Kuhns and Rosemary Shenk, mother and daughter, share their journey through losing their husbands nine days apart in separate accidents on different continents.

Shaping Families, launched in January 2010, is sponsored by businesses, churches, individuals, and radio stations in the US. Burton Buller and Melodie Davis host the program, which airs . It online at

MennoMedia is the publishing/production ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.