Laudato Si’ Coming to a Screen Near You!
Join us for the Passionist Family Movie Club
Mondays: January 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 2024
Time: 8pm eastern/7pm central/5pm pacificLaudato Si’ Coming to a Screen Near You!
Looking for a cozy winter activity now that the holidays are over? Join us for the Passionist Family Movie Club. Our first series is Laudato Si’ themed. Each week from now until Lent, we’ll provide a Laudato Si’ related movie selection (and free streaming location) for you to watch at home along with reflection questions. Then on Monday evenings until February 12th, we’ll open a Zoom room for post-movie-viewing conversation on the movie of the week.
You choose your level of participation, from simply watching the movie to considering the questions at home, to joining others in the Passionist Family on Zoom for post-movie conversation. Join us for one movie or all five!
Your hosts will be Talib and Olivia Huff, from Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, CA and Lissa Romell from the St. ViOur movie selection for the fifth week, with conversation on February 12, is
The Year Earth Changed
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“When the world shut down…nature came to life.”
The Year the Earth Changed is a fresh new approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that have come out of it. People all over the world have had the chance to engage with nature like never before.
We’ll see birds adapting their songs in response to lockdown induced lack of road noise, singing in notes unfamiliar to researchers. No longer a constant tourist spectacle, cheetahs can call out to their cubs without fearing for their safety. The Year Earth Changed depicts a variety of ecosystem changes, from Assam, India to Southeast Alaska. In the wake of an accidental global experiment, this film is a testament to the speed and beauty of nature’s response.
- The movie depicts the many effects humans have on animal species, revealing how animals have needed to adapt their behaviors in order to survive sharing their ecosystem with human beings. Was there an effect or adaptation that most surprised you? How do you think your presence and behavior affects the animals in your ecosystem?
- Winston Churchill said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” After watching The Year Earth Changed, do you have any new insights into how we might make use of the crisis of the Covid-19 Pandemic to move into right relationship with the other species who share Earth with us?
- Among the resources for this movie, narrator David Attenborough offers 5 steps to help save our planet:
1. Make your diet as plant-based as possible;
2. Shop for sustainable fish and meat;
3. Switch to a clean energy provider;
4. Choose deforestation-free palm oil products; and
5. Buy wood and paper from well-managed forests.
Do any of these resonate with you? Are there other actions you can think of?
Zoom room link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86108596501
To receive the zoom link for the Monday conversations as well as upcoming weekly movie selections and reflection questions, please register here. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again. Any questions, please feel free to email Lissa at email@example.com.
“If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” –Laudato Si’ 11
Looking forward to movie club with you!