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“Volume Three” of our popular film and theology series, hosted by Director of Congregational Care Scott Roby, will run from September 2017 to March 2018. This series’ theme will be “Embracing The Other” and will include films dealing with a challenge relevant to everyone today: how can individuals or communities not only understand the stranger in their midst, but also actively welcome them, despite differences of theology, culture, race, or (yes) even species! Bring a friend!

Join us in Rooms 205/206 (the youth rooms) from 6:30pm to 9:00pm for the movie, discussion, and refreshments. We are providing movie fare - pizza, popcorn and drinks. Childcare & Transportation will be provided. Contact Gina Dawson to reserve your spot. See you at the movies!

301-881-1881, ext. 2250



September 8, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm, Room 205/206

Our first film is the 2016 multi-Academy Award-nominated film, The Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whittaker. Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is asked by the U.S. military to lead an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships land in twelve locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Why did they come here? What do they want? Do they seek to destroy us, or will humanity prove to be its own worst enemy? Hoping to unravel the mystery, Louise takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. The aliens respond - but does humanity have enough vocabulary to understand the alien answers before war begins?

This is a quiet, thoughtful film, and not filled with the usual Hollywood special effects, action sequences and explosions of most “alien invasion” plots! It is not only a powerful mediation on the need to understand the Other, but also a moving reflection on the power of memory, time and language.

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