Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Dvd. 95 minutes . Universal Studios, 2018.


This documentary tells the life story of Mister Fred Rogers and shows his unique, affirming view of child development.


archival film; interviews with Mister Rogers’ family, Yo Yo Ma, and others from the television neighborhood

Recommended Audience

teachers, families, and clergy who work with children



Practical Applications

  • Address difficult topics such as violence, divorce, and self-image while honoring children’ s gifts by seeing Mister Rogers’ example.
  • Engage children in a new way by observing Mister Rogers’ use of silence and theology of being a neighbor.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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