Spirituality on the Silver Screen

Event details

  • Wednesday | April 13, 2016
  • 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 spring, 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 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brooks Room.

Free admission and free popcorn!

Wednesday, April 13 — Omo Child: The River and the Bush (2015)  A dynamic documentary showing what happens when an Ethiopian village is challenged to change a core belief. You won’t forget it. Discussion led by Ted Wilson.

Wednesday, April 20 — Reaching Heights Spelling Bee. No movie.

Wednesday, April 27 — Doubt (2008)
An exploration of the blessing and curse of doubt, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Discussion led by Rev. Jeanne Leinbach.

Wednesday, May 4 — Dogma (1999)
An abortion-clinic worker with a special heritage is called upon to prevent the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole and reenter Heaven. Provocative, audacious and very funny. Discussion led by Jan Wolf.

Wednesday, May 11  —  Dead Man Walking (1995)
Oscar-winners Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn star in this poignant film about Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun who becomes a spiritual advisor to a death-row inmate during his last appeal. Staunchly opposed to the death penalty, she reaches out to the accused man and to the victims’ families. Discussion led by Pat Cangelosi-Williams.

Wednesday, May 18 — Wide Awake (1998)
A 10-year-old goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies. Along the way he encounters trouble and the Light in and around Waldron Academy, an all-boys school, becoming “wide awake” with the aid of a sports-loving nun.  A family-friendly movie. Discussion led by Jenna Klopovic.

Wednesday, May 25 — Babette’s Feast (1987)
Babette, a refugee from Paris, comes to live in rural Denmark and cook for two spinster sisters, the daughters of an austere clergyman, in return for lodging. Fourteen years later, she wins the lottery, and her response to this change of fortune provides an inspiring lesson in sacrificial generosity and eucharistic theology. Discussion led by Bishop Mark Hollingsworth

June 1 — A River Runs Through It (1992)
“My father was a Presbyterian minister; and in our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.” Robert Redford directs this acclaimed adaptation of Norman Maclean’s classic memoir of his idyllic Montana youth.  Beauty, tragedy and family love all converge in an unpredictable stream of events, played out against the backdrop of the 1920s American West. Discussion led by John Orlock.