What can we learn about living in brotherhood from Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood program? I gained some insight into the personal side of Fred Rogers as I researched his children’s program this week. Evidently, Rogers set up his office in living room style with personally meaningful furnishings. What stood out to me were his three wall plaques. — One had a quote in French from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s work, the Little Prince,”What is essential is invisible to the eyes.” Another, inscribed in Hebrew, showed Song 6:3, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mind” (KJV). A third displayed the single word, agapé in Greek. The message of Christ’s love comes out through the plaques. Rogers’ certainly carried this over into the concept of neighborhood in his program.
What are your thoughts about MR Neighborhood program and brotherhood? Post at What Can We Learn About Living in Brotherhood From Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood Theme?
Stay tuned for Lessons for Leaders on Brotherhood from Mr. Rogers, next from the Living in Brotherhood series.
Are the concepts about brotherhood and community from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood still relevant in contemporary culture?
- Belcher-Hamilton, L. (1994, April). The gospel according to Fred: A visit with Mr. Rogers. The Century Christian.
- PBS Digital Studios. (2012). Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind | PBS Digital Studios. Retrieved on June 9, 2012, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM&list=PL6D7D29EFAA7D271C&index=6&feature=plpp_video
Image: Fred Rogers on the WQED set in 1996. Retrieved on June 9, 2012, from http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/02/28/tem_fredrogers28.html