Reel faith

Can Hollywood teach and inspire?
On the five Saturday nights before the 2003 Academy Awards show on March 23, a young adult group at a large church in Pasadena, California, has been discussing the five Oscar nominees for best picture. “What do Hollywood’s best films have to say about our culture, our values and ourselves?” was the question inviting churchgoers to the series at Lake Avenue Church, aligned with the Conservative Congregational Christian churches.

Not far away, on a pre-Lenten Friday, liberal All Saints Episcopal Church screened Antwone Fisher, followed by a conversation between Rector Ed Bacon and the real Antwone Fisher. The next day included a filmclip-enhanced look at “movies and meaning,” and the Sunday morning program featured a forum with a Los Angeles Times film critic.

Okay, they go ga-ga in La-la-land around Oscar time. And many churches in southern California include members of the entertainment industry.


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