Aired 2008-09. Brought to you by CBS and the National Council of Churches USA CBS presented “The Voices of Christmas,” a TV special which aired on Christmas Eve, in observance of the 100th anniversary of the American ecumenical movement. It was hosted by Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of Churches. The program featured music from across a wide spectrum of the 35 Christian faith groups that make up the interdenominational Council.
Choirs and musicians from Presbyterian, African-American Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Moravian and Brethren traditions were featured, along with brief reflections on Christmas from clergy and laypersons from Methodist, Reformed, Orthodox, Episcopal and other Christian communions.
The hour-long program, which was seen on CBS stations across the nation, highlighted the National Council’s role in bringing together diverse Christian faith groups who discover and celebrate their unity in Christ as they work together in common mission in the spirit of the Christ child of Bethlehem.
This Christmas Eve special was produced by Bill Turpie, veteran producer of two long-running cable series: “America at Worship” on the Hallmark Channel and “Great Preachers” on the Odyssey Channel.