National Farm Radio Forum: The country church in the '60s
It was radio that got farmers talking. From 1941 to 1965, National Farm Radio Forum brought together groups of neighbours across rural Canada to listen to a weekly half-hour program on a single farm issue. Using accompanying printed study guides, the groups then discussed the broadcast and sent in a summary for follow-up on a subsequent show. Launched as an educational experiment by the CBC, along with the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the show's motto was: "Read. Listen. Discuss. Act."
• The forums heard in this broadcast, and over 200 more, were convened in March 1963 by special study groups organized by five denominations of the Christian church. The study guide for this broadcast published their conclusions on how rural churches could survive and thrive in the modern age.
The suggestions included:
• Leadership and youth training courses
• Better Sunday school
• More involvement with the community at large
• More co-operation with other denominations.
Program: National Farm Radio Forum
Broadcast Date: Nov. 4, 1963
Photo: Library and Archives Canada
Last updated: April 8, 2013
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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