I like to learn. What makes learning even better is doing it while socializing with a kindred group of people. Viewing a film together combines community and education. My spirituality group has hosted movie viewings over the past few years. Social justice is our broad theme, so we’ve watched and discussed The Power of Forgiveness and Half the sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Most recently we watched Bag IT: Is Your Life Too Plastic? That documentary has initiated a study of climate change, one of the most prophetic issues of our time. Over eight weeks, we are continuing the discussion inspired by the film and figuring out how to lessen our impact on the environment. We are all called to be good stewards of the natural systems upon which life depends. We hope awareness leads to action. Earth tending is a reciprocal relationship. If we take care of the earth, the earth will take care of us.
If not us, then who? How do we become agents of change? ACT is an acronym that stands for Awareness, Commitment, Take Action. Viewing films and discussing values helps spread awareness. We tackle a topic, learn about challenges and opportunities and spread the message. Community provides accountability for commitment to change and taking direct action, such as reducing trips by car or sealing and insulating your home.
Intention is the difference between watching a movie for entertainment and viewing it to generate discussion, advocacy, and behavior change. We shape our future all the time. What kind of future are your actions building?