6 Find a program by guest, # or category
6 Category IndexFind a program by guest, # or category
6 Series IndexFind a program by guest, # or category
Kindred Spirits
Public Radio Shows
Special Packages
Walking through the Storm
6 Information
About Humanmedia.org
About the Producer
Shipping and Returns
How You Can Help
MP3 Troubleshooting
Listen to our Podcast
Podcast: More information
Conditions of Use
What's New at HumanMedia.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Reverend Ray Hammond[Program 20]
Reverend Ray Hammond
  • What motivated an emergency room physician to leave his practice to become a minister?
  • Why do young people in the inner city feel the need to carry weapons, and what are the underlying problems that lead to violence among urban youth?
  • How can one reach out to troubled at-risk youths in their community, and what is necessary to become a positive role model for them?
  • What can we do to heal the divisions that often occur inside a community?

"It's the rare person who heals all by themselves. It's usually a community process."

--Reverend Ray Hammond

On this Episode of Humankind with David Freudberg, you'll meet Reverend Ray Hammond, an emergency room physician turned minister, who now leads an urban church and speaks of the need to come together and reach out to heal inner city youth threatened by poverty and violence. Hammond, a gifted child from Philadelphia, graduated from Harvard Medical School at the age of 23. After establishing a career in medicine, he felt called to become a minister in 1992. He is Pastor at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston, where he tries to play a positive role in the lives of young people. Hammond discusses why he left medicine and how his experience of healing people opened his eyes to the underlying emotional and spiritual problems that oftentimes cause people in the community to be sick. The question for Hammond is essential: how do we heal our young people and our communities? For the answer he stresses the three R's: renewal, reconnect, and responsibility. You need to have hope and show that you care, by establishing and maintaining contact with young people, and show that you are willing to learn from them, and at the same time to do your part to support the community. A thought-provoking look at healing, community, and coming together on Humankind.

Total time: 29 minutes

Play MP3Hear free excerpt

Order online now
Audio MP3 ($4.95)
Audio CD ($14.95)
Order now   MP3 SALE: usually $6.95

Humankind: Other programs

6 We also recommend:
Children's Advocate Jonathan KozolChildren's Advocate Jonathan Kozol
A visit with educator and National Book Award-winner Jonathan Kozol who continues his decades-long crusade on behalf of children he's met in inner city schools.
Children Left BehindChildren Left Behind
The moving stories of two young adults who have incarcerated parents and who endured unpleasant visits to prison as well as the heavy emotional baggage of having a loved one taken from them at a young age. (Part 1)
Katie DavisKatie Davis
Journalist, mentor, gardener, camp counselor and community activist Katie Davis has undertaken a one-woman campaign to save kids in her inner city neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Harlem RenaissanceHarlem Renaissance
Geoffrey Canada designated a crime-ridden 24-block area of New York as the Harlem Children's Zone and works tirelessly to provide a healthier community for kids who are otherwise vulnerable to developmental and social ills.

Share on Facebook and help spread the word about Humankind Public Radio!