Movie, Pizza, Prayer
Lent is a time of truth and repentance. The purpose of this time is not to make us feel bad about ourselves because we are so unworthy creatures that fall short of God’s glory. But truth and repentance set us free from the sins of the past and the baggage that we carry as individuals and as communities. Freed and renewed through the experience of Easter we are enabled to embark on a journey toward a new future.
In this Lenten season we will remember our sins against creation.
Every Wednesday we will meet at 5 pm in the fellowship hall for pizza and a documentary movie followed by a brief discussion.
At 7 pm we will continue with the Holden Evening Prayer in the sanctuary.
Wednesday FEB 21, 5pm
In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk. Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Wednesday FEB 28, 5pm
A PLASTIC OCEAN
This feature-length adventure documentary brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. We thought we could use plastic once and throw it away with negligible impact to humans and animals. That turns out to be untrue. In A Plastic Ocean, an international team of adventurers, researchers, and Ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. The result will astound viewers – just as it did our adventurers, who captured never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
Wednesday MARCH 7, 5 pm
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a ground breaking documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged. As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
Wednesday MARCH 14, 5pm
BEFORE THE FLOOD
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? BEFORE THE FLOOD, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
Wednesday March 21, 5pm
Academy Award-winning filmmakers expose the forces that are leading our planet to its next mass extinction, potentially resulting in the loss of half of all species. A never-before-seen view of an international wildlife trade, operating in the shadows, reveals how creatures that have survived for millions of years may be wiped from Earth in our lifetime. Hidden in plain sight, the other great force is one the oil and gas companies don’t want the world to recognize. Using covert tactics and state-of-the-art technology, RACING EXTINCTION exposes these two forces in an inspiring affirmation to preserve life as we know it.
Wednesday March 28, 5pm
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES
investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.
Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.
As it is Holy Week there will be NO Holden Evening Prayer but we will have more time to reflect on the movies we have seen in this series.