St. Luke Movie Club Report Annual Meeting January 2014
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 2013, the viewing list included: Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amazing Grace, and The Hobbit. 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. 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.
Upcoming Plans for 2014:
I would like to see more church-wide Movie Clubs, just like we did in 2013 for Life of Pi. These were well attended, generally speaking, and the timing seemed to work out making it right when Sunday School was dismissed (or a little earlier). I will be suggesting four such movies (one/quarter) in 2014 (for March, June, September, and December). Following each movie, we will have a short discussion. Of course, movie treats will be provided. I am working on some possibilities for movie choices and will make them known to Father Andrew in the next month. And these will be communicated to the Parish at-large in advance, such that we can all plan ahead.