Spirituality on the Silver Screen

Event details

  • Wednesday | January 18, 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.

January 18 : Cloud Atlas (2012) —  A powerful, epic tale of love and hate, good and evil, faith and doubt, creativity and destruction, and the ties that bind us together over many centuries of human civilization. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon. Hosted by William Vodrey.


Future movie screenings:

January 25: Dead Poets Society (1989) — One of the late Robin Williams’s most poignant films, telling the story of a charismatic teacher who unleashes the passions of students at a New England prep school. The movie was an Academy Award-winner for Best Original Screenplay. Hosted by Patrick Azouri.

February 1: Groundhog Day (1993) — Acerbic weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) just can’t seem to escape from Punxsutawney,  Pa., no matter how hard he tries. Obviously he’s got a lot to learn before he can move on with his life. Hosted by Liz Richmond.

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.

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.