8. Let’s Go to the Movies! Finding Spiritual Meaning in Contemporary Popular Films

Tuesdays 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This course will focus on six films recognized to have artistic and social value. Three are based on true stories of remarkable human achievement, but all carry within them common spiritual themes: creation and creativity, exploitation and alienation, atonement and redemption. On day one we will discuss A Man Called Otto so students should come to the first class having seen the film. In successive meetings we will consider A River Runs Through It, Doubt, Hidden Figures, Schindler’s List, and Oppenheimer. (Students are expected to have previewed each film prior to that session.)

Jan Daffern is a retired pastor, pastoral counselor, and psychotherapist. She will be assisted by her husband, Michael Bunitsky, a retired Frederick County Public Schools social studies educator.

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