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The Reverend Myra Brown made headlines when she became one of the first African American women in the US to be ordained as a priest. That was back in 2017. Today, after nearly 30 years in ministry, she continues to champion racial justice work throughout Rochester. Armed with a congregation of 1,5000 people, the senior pastor of Spiritus Christi church is on a mission to help bring racial reconciliation and justice to the community.

 

You'll meet a pastor, an activist, and a change maker who has some ideas on how to create a healed and whole Rochester. A sit-down with the Rev. Myra Brown of Spiritus Christi Church kicks off the program.

Then, we turn to fashion and how the styles of the 1850s are influencing us today.

Meet a pastor, an activist, and a change maker. We sit down with the Reverend Myra Brown of Spiritus Christi Church who shares her views on the path ahead to create a healed and whole Rochester.

Also on the show, the force of 1850s fashion and how it’s still influencing our society today.

It’s not easy for those impacted by substance abuse and the criminal justice system to find a new footing rooted in resilience. But one Rochester woman is on a mission to make it possible. We learn why some say she and the Samaritan Center of Excellence is changing our community one second chance at a time. 

Storytelling is one of those unique tools that has the ability to connect all people. And stories about moms, step-moms, grandmas, and other mother figures can be especially powerful and transformative. Find out what it really means to “Listen to Your Mother.”

It’s not easy for those impacted by substance abuse and the criminal justice system to find a new footing rooted in resilience. But one Rochester woman is on a mission to make it possible. We learn why some say she’s changing our community one second chance at a time.

Also on the show, storytelling is one of those unique tools that has the ability to connect all people. And stories about moms, step-moms, grandmas, and other mother figures can be especially powerful and transformative. Find out what it really means to “Listen to Your Mother.”

Coming up on an all-new Need to Know, if anyone has ever said to you, “Listen to your mother!” then you won’t want to miss the heartwarming, dramatic, and surprising original tales all about moms. How a local group is using the power of story to bring together and connect Rochesterians this Mother’s Day. Don’t miss that story and much more on Need to Know this week on WXXI-TV.

In the US, more than 36,000 organ transplants were performed in 2018. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, that number set a record high since national transplant data were first collected in 1988. However, the organ shortage continues. As of January 2019, there were more than 113,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. You'll meet a local donor family and a transplant recipient who share their stories on the value of organ donation.

It was 1998 when former Rochester Mayor, Bill Johnson, founded an outreach program focused on helping and inspiring young lives - lives at risk of getting involved in crime or violence for the sake of survival. Fast-forward 21 years and much has changed in our world, but Pathways to Peace is still dedicated to its founding mission. It’s a program with success stories that often go unnoticed, in part, because success is anything but “cookie cutter” when it comes to helping teens know their value. Learn learn what’s new with the outreach effort and how it continues its work to build trust with teens.

An effort that launched more than two decades ago in Rochester to engage youth on city streets and to help teens find alternatives to drugs, gangs, and violence, is still operating. You'll see how how the effort is working, what’s changed, and you'll learn how residents have a role in helping young people find a pathway to peace.

Also on the show, a 21-year-old Hilton man passed on the gift of life and now his family is educating others about the meaning and value of organ donations. You'll hear from his father, the man whose life he saved, and others about the meaning of organ donation.

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