Post by anni on Apr 23, 2017 17:17:30 GMT -8
Greetings, Friends and Neighbors,
Friday night films are returning to Crescenta Valley UMC. Our next feature will be George Orwell’s “1984" (made in 1984 with John Hurt, Suzanna Hamilton, and Richard Burton.) The bleak, award winning film is difficult to watch and loaded with truths about the darker side of our nature.
If that prickly sales pitch hasn’t persuaded you to put it on your calendar, let me further explain. Many of us perceive that we are in difficult times right now in our nation and on our planet. We hear phrases like “alternative facts” and “post truth.” “1984" is a disturbing portrayal of what can happen to a society that discards truth and uses fear to control the people. Can we learn something from this classic? Is there hope in the midst of so much discouraging news? We think that the following three steps could foster hope and and build community.
It starts with gathering. If you follow the genre, you’ll see that different dystopias have conditions of isolation and alienation in common. When people are separated, they are afraid to speak up and imagine that they are the only ones who feel the way they do. When we get together and share experiences and conversations, we chip away at barriers that separate us and dissolve feelings of alienation. And that leads us to…
When we gather and are bolstered by connection and commonalities, we are open to listening and free to imagine a better world. And through that brainstorming process we may...
Encouraged by each other, filled with hope and enthusiasm, we can find actions to take together that will empower us and may even make a difference in the world.
The first and easy step is to show up on Friday, May 5th. Doors open at 7 and film begins at 7:30 in the sanctuary at 2700 Montrose Avenue, Montrose. All are welcome; we can leave our labels at the door. The more diverse, differing voices present, the more boundaries we can dissolve.
We will have refreshments and discussion downstairs after the film. See you then.
Peace and Love,