Independent Lens: The Calling

Independent Lens: The Calling

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 7:00pm

Pictured: Bilal Ansari is in the Muslim Chaplaincy program at Hartford Seminary

Credit: Courtesy of The Kindling Group

A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans preparing to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders.

The Calling, a groundbreaking four-hour documentary series that follows the stories of seven young Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim Americans who are training for religious leadership, takes viewers into the unknown world of seminaries to reveal the real people "behind the robes." The Calling airs Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. and concludes Monday, December 16 at 7 p.m. on WXXI World.

It takes a true calling to make faith a way of life. The Calling follows seven dedicated young people on a dramatic journey as they prepare to become professional clergy. Embarking on life paths that demand tremendous personal sacrifice and commitment, these seminarians must uphold timeless truths in an era that values quick fixes and hot trends, and face a public that challenges the very relevance of their mission. A new look at an old job, The Calling presents a fascinating look at how faith is lived today.