St. Luke Movie Club Report Annual Meeting January 2013
By Ken Stevens
As part of the Education Ministry, the St. Luke Movie Club meets regularly to preview a wide range of movie selections, all with meaningful content, so as to stimulate substantive and often provocative discussions. A monthly/bi-monthly gathering of interested St. Luke parishioners, the group discusses contemporary movies in the context of Orthodox Christian meaning and values. The discussions are always led by Fr. Andrew Harrison. In 2012, the viewing list included: Rabbit Hole, Margin Call, Hunger Games, Courageous, The Artist, In Time, Moonrise Kingdom, October Baby, and Life of Pi. The Movie Club gatherings are both in-home and in-theatre, with a blend of current and older releases. Following the viewing, we discuss on an informal basis the significance and relative merits of each film. Healthy discussion and debate is often in the mix. This year, two of our selections – both Christian films (Courageous and October Baby) were after church in the Parish Hall and generated excellent turnouts. The St. Luke Movie Club is by no means exclusive. Anyone in the parish as well as friends can participate. Moreover, it is a good opportunity to get to know each other better, while examining contemporary issues – often gray – in the light of Orthodoxy.
2013 will be our 11th year anniversary for the St. Luke Movie Club and we hope to continue the tradition of viewing thoughtful movies with a view towards discussion in the context of Orthodox Christianity. Our opening film will be Les Miserables -- The movie musical version of Victor Hugo’s inspiring novel by the same name. A panoramic, beautiful and spiritual film… a powerfully inspiring story of the transforming power of Christian love. A moving musical of forgiveness, grace and redemption brought to the big screen with impressive star power. We look forward to continuing the St. Luke Movie Club tradition into the 2nd decade and bolstering membership along the way.