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Open Book: At the Movies


Session 1: Wed 5 May | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Session 2: Wed 19 May | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Session 3: Wed 2 June | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Session 4: Wed 16 June | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

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Why do you watch films?

Perhaps it’s for some brain-numbing entertainment at the end of a long week. Perhaps it’s because they make you think. Perhaps it’s the chance to share in our culture’s version of a religious gathering: by way of morality, music, and associated sacred food and drink.

But how about watching films to practice the art of double listening? As John Stott explained, that means ‘listening to two voices at the same time, the voice of God through Scripture and the voices of men and women around us. These voices will often contradict one another, but our purpose in listening to them both is to discover how they relate to each other. Double listening is indispensable to Christian discipleship and Christian mission.’

Following on from our event on 22 April with film critic Josh Larsen, Open Book: At The Movies is a chance to do just that and then some. Weaving together film-watching with liturgy, lively discussion, and practical implications for life on our frontlines, this is a film club like you’ve never experienced before.

We want to learn together how to think well about the movies our culture is celebrating – for the sake of becoming more empathetic and astute missionaries in our culture.

Attendees will need to watch a number of films between sessions.  We’ll do our best to select films that are easily accessible and will appeal to a wide audience. Please note that some films may contain scenes that some viewers find challenging or upsetting. Our aim is to create a safe space to share our authentic reactions, while also celebrating what is good, excellent, and praiseworthy, as we practice ‘double listening’ and press the implications into our own frontlines.

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