Our Sunday formation hour for youth and adults, meets every Sunday at 9am in the Fireside Room. We’ll continue our discussion from Thursday evenings at Tillie’s about spiritual themes in contemporary film.
February 10 – Jesus of Montreal. What does it mean to make a “true” image of God? This conversation will use the film Jesus of Montreal (1990) to think about modern-day interpretations and representations of the Gospels, and in the process suggests that the medium of film has a unique ability to communicate truths about the incarnation and divine encounter.
February 17 – Dr. Mark McInroy discusses Tree of Life. Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life (2011) has been celebrated as one of the best films of all time. And yet, Malick’s atmospheric, enigmatic work has bewildered and frustrated a number of viewers. This session will analyze key moments in the film and address topics such as grace, nature, salvation, and the theological significance of dinosaurs.
February 24 – Dr. Nate Van Yperen discusses The Apostle. Robert Duvall’s The Apostle (1997) explores brokenness and redemption through a multi-dimensional and deeply-flawed protagonist. The film is unique because it breaks from Hollywood’s typical stereotyping and condescension with regard to religion and spiritual experience. As the story unfolds, the film raises questions related to theological categories of sin, forgiveness, salvation, and the possibility of experiencing God’s presence.
March 3 – The Rev. Barbara Mraz discusses Dead Man Walking and the Issue of Forgiveness. Most of us have been deeply hurt by another person. What are the spiritual implications if you cannot, in good conscience, forgive that person? Can forgiveness be bought with the price of a confession? Since this movie was made in 1995, the world has exploded with violent crimes. Individually and as a society, how do we who follow Jesus regard those who have committed unspeakable crimes against society as well as those who have hurt us beyond measure?
Watch the movie then come for discussion, exploration, and growth in a safe environment.