God isn’t so little that God can only be found in the Bible, but so big that God-stuff pops out everywhere. Like in movies! This is our 12th year of exploring current movies for messages that stretch our hearts and minds. The Man Who Invented Christmas; Black Panther; Love, Simon; and Coco are up to bat starting July 29. Watch the movies ahead of time and come ready to dig in with us, or come and be surprised (we’ll try to avoid spoilers, but no guarantees.)
July 29-The Man Who Invented Christmas: This is the story of Charles Dickens’ (Dan Stevens) writing of “A Christmas Carol.” It’s setting is Christmas (who doesn’t want a dose of Christmas in July!) but the movie is about a lot more. Not only was his character, Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), tormented by ghosts to reclaim his soul, but Charles found himself dragged through his own life and reclaimed in the facing of his ghosts. Question: Got any ghosts? We all do. Maybe that’s what this movie is all about. It’s a fun, poignant and touching family film.
August 5-Black Panther: Since the 1600s, art from black people in America has followed two paths. It is either devalued as barbaric and crude (mistral shows, Creole, soul food), or stolen by white artists (banjos, jazz, hip hop, rock and roll). Black Panther follows neither of these tracks. Let’s talk about the impact of Black Panther on American culture, and the way we can work towards multiculturalism.
August 12-Love, Simon: “Love, Simon” is the LGBTQ coming of age story we needed but never thought would come out. Simon is an ordinary teen living an ordinary life, except that he has a big secret: he is gay. Coming out has been an historically scary thing, whether people are worried about safety, acceptance, or even just being the same as before coming out. How do we, as fellow humans, allow each other to breathe and live our truths without enforcing stereotypes and expectations? Join us as we explore coming out of the closet, taking risks and daring to just be ourselves.
August 19-Coco: “Coco” was the animated highlight of the last year. Not only is it fun and touching, it also drives home important messages about remembering who we are and from where we came. It also helps us understand our own path and how to not be an obstacle to those whose paths differ from ours. Join us as we dig into Coco and as we are also joined by Minneapolis marketer and entrepreneur, Thom Sandberg, as he tells us about his recent project, “SecondLifeDay.”