Anne Serling talks about father, Twilight Zone at local church

Carrollton Church of Christ (Christian Disciples) will welcome Anne Serling for two special programs Oct. 7 and 8.

Serling is an author and the daughter of television icon and Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Saturday with the showing of iconic episodes of Twilight Zone introduced and narrated by Anne. Following the presentation, she will sign copies of her book, “As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling” which will be available for purchase. Other activities include games for children, hayrides, food and music and singing by Mark Statler, The Hilltop Quartet and others.

Sunday morning, Anne will present a spoken and video program honoring her dad at 10 a.m. giving precious and moving insight into Rod Serling and his life and soul. An episode of Twilight Zone will be shown at 9 a.m. followed by discussion at 9:15 a.m. during the regular Sunday school hour.

Mark Statler, pastor of the church, is friends with Anne and her husband, Doug, and stated, “Not only will you meet a very dear lady who is humble, sweet and kind…but she is a great author in her own right and will introduce you to the beautiful but lesser known side of a television icon. Most people, when they think of the “Twilight Zone” and author/creator Rod Serling, think of only scary music and scary stories to make us afraid of the dark, but the classic Twilight Zone episodes contain beautiful and profound messages against discrimination, scapegoating, mob mentality, greed, prejudice and hate, creative stories or parables that show us ourselves, that most scary things and evil in the world are caused by humans and that we need to give and receive grace, love and forgiveness. Perfect messages for today, don’t you think?”

Serling’s book is an honest revelatory and fascinating memoir of one of television’s most original and provocative writers. Anne reveals a complex man with a silly sense of humor, deep political and moral convictions and boundless imagination.

She comments on all his works, reveals letters from her father and his belief that people are fundamentally good, that human evil is a perversion of prejudice and that his writings and stories should shine a light on humankind to make us better people.

“Much of what he wrote has relevance today such as, poverty, hunger, racial tension, pollution are here and now. These are the things that scream for a response. And if we don’t listen to that scream…and if we don’t respond to it, we may well end up sitting amidst our own rubble, looking at the truck that hit us, or the bomb that pulverized us. Get the license number of whatever it was that destroyed the dream, and I think that we will find the vehicle is registered in our own name,” she said.

Carrollton Church of Christ (Christian Disciples) is located at 353 Moody Ave., Carrollton. For more information, call Statler at 330-280-0653.

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