A new program about Christian beliefs and traditions is being presented on the Public Access Channel.
"Christians Uniting" looks at how various Christian denominations approach different aspects of their faith.
Moderator for the program is Monsignor Michael Becker, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lakemont. Each month, he and two clergy or representatives from other Christian denominations conduct a panel discussion on selected subjects.
"The purpose is to educate and form a greater bond among the Christian churches in Altoona," Becker said.
Topics for the February programs, which air at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays on Channel 14 for Atlantic Broadband subscribers, are baptism and worship. Becker said the 30-minute program alternate with one topic presented on the afternoon program and the other on the evening program. They are switched the next Sunday.
Becker said the baptism program looks at the different ways Christians administer the sacrament and what baptism means to different faith traditions.
The other topic considers the meaning of Christian worship.
"What does Christian worship look like and how is it different," are aspects of the discussion, Becker said.
Participating in the programs are the Rev. Cory Hartman, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hollidaysburg, and the Rev. Rich Morris, pastor of Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church in Duncansville.
"You learn more about your faith and how other Christians approach their faith," Morris said.
He said not only does the program teach and inform Christians, it can also encourage them.
"It shows how Christians differ, but it brings out the great common ground that Christians share," he said.
"Christians Uniting" is sponsored by the Ecumenical Conference of Greater Altoona.
Cindy Baney, president of the conference, said the program is a voice in the public domain that represents traditional and welcoming Christian values, such as forgiveness and seeing Jesus in the other person.
She said it offers a way "for us to not allow ourselves to be divided over things that are not important, such as how many angels can fit on the head of a pin."
"We are here for each other," she said, noting that the program is a way to unite Christians.
"The voice of God is intended for all of us," she said.