On Thursday, August 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Center for Spiritual Wisdom will debut the new Reel Spirit Movie Project. This program will offer conversation about films at regular intervals, usually once per month. The goal of the Reel Spirit project is to spark meaningful discussion about films that explore the religious, social, spiritual, and/or mystical dimensions of our human experience.

    The project’s inaugural film is “Dead Man Walking” (1996), starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, and directed by Tim Robbins. This film explores the controversial and timely issues of our retributive system of justice through the lenses of a nun, Sister Helen Prejean played by Sarandon, and Matthew, a death row inmate played by Penn. “Dead Man Walking” sheds light on both the promise and limitations of our judicial institutions (you can find a fuller synopsis on IMDB here).

    During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Reel Spirit project will take place online using Zoom video conferencing. Participants will watch each month’s chosen film at home before gathering with others online for facilitated conversation. “Dead Man Walking” can be rented and streamed at Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers can watch the movie without charge HERE.

    The format of the Reel Spirit program promises to be evocative and engaging. After viewing the selected film on their own, participants will gather online for a 2-hour facilitated discussion, which the Center will host.

    Facilitators for the first movie will be Terry Decker and Jean Woods, both of whom bring years of experience leading groups in non-profit, spiritual, religious, and technical forums. There is no charge for this event, but participants are asked to consider a donation to the Center.

    To register or receive additional information, email Cindy Decker at communications@centersw.org. Registrations will be received on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants will receive an email with a link to join the online conversation on Aug 27 as well as points for consideration while watching the film at home.

    To make a donation to the Center, go to https://centersw.org/donate