Spirituality on the Silver Screen

Event details

  • Wednesday | February 8, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • St. Paul's Brooks Room

movie_4At their best, movies can move, inspire and teach us like no other art form. This winter, St. Paul’s clergy, parishioners and friends will host screenings of movies that have particular spiritual significance for them, and lead short discussions afterwards. All “reel spirituality” screenings will be on Wednesday nights in January & February at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooks Room.

Free admission and free popcorn, courtesy of the Adult Forum Committee.

February 8: The Cardinal (1963) — Youthful pride.  Yearnings of the flesh.  Moments of doubt. The courage of conviction. All these come into play in this critically-acclaimed picture from legendary director Otto Preminger. Hosted by Sam Weingart.

Future movie screenings:

February 15: Baraka (1992) — This movie is, according to director Ron Fricke, “a guided meditation on humanity” that attempts to move beyond “language, nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.” Stunning images from across the world fill the screen – from downtown Hong Kong at rush hour to the holiest places inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – serving as a foil for reflection on the importance of ritual to humans across a myriad of cultures. Hosted by the Rev. Dale Grandfield.

February 22: Ram Dass, Fierce Grace (2001) — Documentary about Richard Albert, who was fired from Harvard in 1963 for conducing psychedelic drug research. After a pilgrimage to India, he became Ram Dass (“servant of God”) and a guru to several generations of spiritual seekers. However, after suffering a stroke and going through rehab he became an even greater spiritual inspiration to his followers. Hosted by the Rev. Richard Israel.