“Film represents the collective cultural unconscious of our time, and offers us a creative product that enters into a self-conscious dialogue with our personal stories and interests. That cultural unconscious, as a manifestation of creation – or, rather, of God’s ongoing creativity with the productions of human longing and effort – is not a closed myth that we quarry for stories, form, and content, nor is it a broken myth of master narratives that we pillage for pragmatic ends. Rather, it is an open dynamic that holds the repositories of the creative effort, both positive and negative, to be one with God that has existed since the birth of time.”
~ from “Finding God in the Dark”, by John Pungente, SJ and Monty Williams, SJ
Join us for a five-week series that offers an opportunity to encounter God in contemporary films. Through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality, we will journey through the modern cinematic storytelling and explore God’s constant mercy and love for us.
Thursday evenings from August 24 through September 21, 2023, from 7:00 pm to 8:30pm.
This workshop series will take place in the Trinity conference room in the Resource Building, on the left-hand side of the courtyard as you approach from the parking lot.
Week One: Introduction and Overview
Ignatian Spirituality, The Spiritual Exercises, Myth & Meaning, Imagined World, Sacred Space, Spiritual Literacy
Week Two: The Mercy of God
Week Three: Walking with God
Film: JULIE & JULIA
Week Four: A Passionate Love
Film: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Week Five: A Transforming Love
Film: BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
During the first week of the series, we will provide an overview of Ignatian and film terminology which will set the stage for the next four weeks. Each participant will watch the films on their own time and in the comfort of their own homes. The reflective prompts will be provided to guide the viewing experience. We will come together as a group to discuss the themes explored in the featured films. These group discussions will be facilitated and provide an opportunity for personal sharing.
The featured films can be accessed through free and paid streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix, Peacock, HBO, or by renting through Redbox, Comcast, Amazon Prime, AppleTV+, Disney+, etc. Additionally, most films are available through the local libraries.
Cost: $60, including materials