film festival

As part of its fiftieth anniversary celebration, "On Being Christian Together, " the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA sponsored Oikumene, a festive screening of ten short films chosen to illuminate the complexity, challenges, joy, and beauty of being Christian together. The films, selected for their capacity to visually communicate compelling insights into the unity of Christ's Church and the ecumenical tasks of our time, address such themes as the healing of memories, cultural difference, epistemological fragmentation, and personal transformation. Their aesthetic approaches vary as widely as the communities that produced them. From the gritty abstractions of Karen Brummund to the historiography of Nick Lacy to the poignant contemplative approach of Arion Lillard and the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns of the United Methodist Church to the whimsical dancing body parts of Alice Rose to the crisp documentary style of Sarah Gibson, Nicholas Furris and Anders Laugesen, this collection proclaims "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. 4:5) in the diverse voices of our time.

Originally screened July 20&21, 2007
Oberlin College, Oberlin OH

Touched By Truth
Directed by Karen M. Brummund

The Invisible Gaze
Directed by Karen M. Brummund

Poem of 1000 Sheets
Directed by Karen M. Brummund

The Return of the Holy Relics
Directed by Nicholas J. Furris

Hell on Earth
Directed by Sarah Gibson

For Those Who Stayed
Directed by GCCUIC of the UMC
Produced by Hilly Hicks

Directed by Nick Lacy
Produced with David Sanchez

Contemplation of Death
Directed by Arion M. Lillard

One Body, Many Parts
Directed by Alice I. Rose
Produced with Christ Church United Methodist

Cultural Shock-From Nairobi to Copenhagen
Directed by Anders Laugesen
Produced by Peter Williams

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