Theology in the Dark is an occasional series offered in collaboration with Booth University College, in which we explore the idea that sometimes theology is best done through a medium such as film. The basic approach is to view a movie together, and then to spend some time in conversation, debriefing what we all saw. Sometimes these evenings are held in the screening room at Booth (which has a good sized screen, great sound and decent chairs), while on other occasions we arrange to meet at a movie theatre or at the church.
Booth University College is located at 447 Webb Place, and we’d ask that you plan to arrive between 6:40 and 7pm so that we can let you in the locked front doors!
Thursday October 12 at 7:00pm at Booth: The Lady in the Van
What would you do if a dishevelled, aromatic senior citizen parked her dilapidated van in front of your house? Call the police? Complain to your neighbours? Invite her to park in your driveway and live there for the next 15 years? The latter is the premise of the 2015 film The Lady in the Van. Billed as a “mostly true story” and starring Maggie Smith in the titular role, the film invites us to explore issues like hospitality, identity, and liberal guilt while shedding the odd tear and emitting more than a few deep belly laughs.
Thursday November 23 at 7:00pm at Booth: Unstrung Heroes
A 1995 comedy-drama film directed by Diane Keaton, Unstrung Heroes explores the nature of family, the limits of science and reason, the place of religious ritual and practice, and the very Pauline concept of the wisdom of foolishness. Beautifully filmed and featuring an extraordinary cast including Andie MacDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards, and Maury Chaykin, Unstrung Heroes will provide much for us to ponder together. In his review for the Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert commented that the film “has been directed by Diane Keaton with an unusual combination of sentiment and quirky eccentricity. There are moments so touching that the heart almost stops.”