Film Discussions

Sundays, 12:00–2:30pm in the Library Lounge

 

Join us for fellowship and conversation around an assortment of interesting topics. After worship we will gather for a light lunch, then we’ll watch a movie and engage in some lively discussion. No previous knowledge necessary, all are welcome.

Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ

November 4

The PC(USA)’s 223rd General Assembly (2018) has directed our churches, sessions, and presbyteries to study the “Doctrine of Discovery” and what we as Christians have done in our past to indigenous peoples in the name of God, and to also confess our complicity and repudiate this doctrine. The PC(USA) has put together a recommended study list for us to accomplish this task. Doctrine of Discovery: In the Name of Christ is a documentary from the Mennonite Church that is on the study list. It is a good introduction to the subject and important for us all to watch.

Rabbit-Proof Fence

November 18

Rabbit-Proof Fence is a stirring, true story of three little girls who were part of Australia’s “lost generation” when aboriginal children were stolen from their families and sent to training camps to learn to be farm workers and domestics, under the government’s guise of helping them, by forcing them away from their native lives. Three sisters decided to run away, and set out on foot on a harrowing 1500 mile journey back home. They followed the rabbit-proof fence to find their way. 

     The story was written by the daughter of one of the girls about her mother’s journey. It is frightening, poignant and joyful all at the same time.

Dogma

March 24

A comedy that pokes fun at established teachings without ever taking itself too seriously. 

     Two banished angels (Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) have discovered a loophole that would allow them back into heaven; problem is, they’d destroy civilization in the process by proving God fallible. It's up to Bethany (Linda Fiorentino), a lapsed Catholic who works in an abortion clinic, to save the day, with some help from two so-called prophets, the heretofore unknown 13th apostle, and a sexy, heavenly muse. In some ways Dogma is a shaggy dog of a road movie — which hits a comic peak when Affleck and Fiorentino banter drunkenly on a train to New Jersey, not realizing they're mortal enemies — and segues into a comedy-action flick as the vengeful angels (who have a taste for blood) try to make their way into heaven.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

March 31

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is a very recent documentary about the real Mr. Rogers, and his unlikely-to-succeed yet beautiful show for children. It explores why the show did fascinate children and adults with its love and kindness themes, some of which were radical for their time. Fred Rogers was a Presbyterian minister who chose to work with children’s television.

A Wrinkle in Time

April 7

When astrophysicist Dr. Jack Murray disappears without a trace, his children, Meg and Charles Wallace, and neighbor Calvin O’Keefe embark on a cosmic quest to find him. This film raises questions about the nature of the universe, love, and sacrifice. Based on the classic children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle.

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