Film Screening: "Freedom Summer"
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
During the summer of 1964, the nation's eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation's most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses. Produced by PBS, 2014, 55 minutes.
Sponsored by the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, which will lead an alternative spring break trip to Montgomery, Alabama, this spring to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-Montgomery civil rights march. To learn more about joining the trip, check out go/Montgomery.
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"The Fire Inside: Place, Passion and the Primacy of Nature"
The film is a documentary that focuses on contemplative practice and asks provocative questions about our relationship to the natural world and the ecological crises that we face today. What is nature? And what is the human experience of that world? In the everyday push of our modern lives what connections have been lost and what remain? How do we cultivate wisdom, hope and compassion in the face of environmental degradation?
This film follows a small, diverse group of writers, activists and clergy on a contemplative retreat as they explore the wildness about them and the passion for place within them.
A question and answer session with Director Phil Walker and Professor Gould immediately follows the screening.
Film Screening: "For the Bible Tells Me So"
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Through the experiences of five very normal, Christian, American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – we discover how people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.
Offering healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity, this landmark film “boldly takes on a loaded topic and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may well leave you blinking away a few tears.” (Seattle Times)
"Confronts, with whimsy and hellfire, the clash between religion and homosexuality. (New York Magazine)
"An incredibly powerful film everybody should see. It restores your faith in people." (National Public Radio)
Co-sponsored by MOQA (Middlebury Open Queer Alliance), the Religious Life Council, and The Chaplain's Office.