Moving Pictures is a summer tradition at New Hope. We let movies tell their stories and raise questions- questions that are addressed in scripture and faith. Each summer we choose a "theme" for the movies and plan accordingly. This summer the theme is "Taking Your Faith to Work".
We have been talking about building an Everyday Spirituality- a spirituality where God is engaged and encountered in everyday events. Nowhere is that more critical than in the arena of "work". Some of you are participating in the Plan for Growth (there is still time!) and have chosen "work" as the arena of life where you want to focus. I think more would- if they understood there is a deep connection between our work and our faith. Too many people believe there is a great gulf between Sunday morning and the weekday work.
Until now, laypeople have not found much help in seeing any part of their work as a spiritual experience. If laypeople cannot find any spiritual meaning in their work, they are condemned to living a certain dual life; not connecting what they do on Sunday morning with what they do the rest of the week. They need to discover that their very actions of daily life are spiritual, and enable laypeople to touch God in the world, not away from it.
Confident and Competent, by William Droel & Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, as quoted in The Monday Connection by William E. Diehl
"Taking Your Faith to Work" is one way to address the gap and help make the "Monday Connection." Erik and I will be showing clips from various films that raise key questions about faith and work. Of course, by "work" we mean more than the place we draw a paycheck. It is much bigger than that.
We begin with the film Wall-E. What can a little robot teach us about being human and work? Come and see!