Join us each month as we enjoy watching a movie with significant spiritual or religious themes, and engage in conversation afterwards, led by Pastor Michael Coffey. Movies are shown in digital projection with surround sound. You’re welcome to bring your own dinner to enjoy during the film. Free popcorn is provided.
The series is currently on a break.
Previous Films in the Series
|13 Conversations About One Thing2001: A Space Odyssey
A Serious ManBlade Runner
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Pacifist, Nazi Resister
Chariots of Fire
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Jesus of Montreal
L. A. Story
Lars and the Real Girl
Life of Brian
Lord, Save Us from Your Followers
Make Way for Tomorrow
Of Gods and Men
Paths of Glory
The Empire Strikes Back
The Fog of War
The Gospel According to St. Matthew
The Great Dictator
The Grapes of Wrath
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Name of the Rose
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Seventh Seal
The Shawshank Redemption
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The Tree of Life
Where the Wild Things Are
Wings of Desire
Press Release about the series:
Is church the only place you can go to enhance your spiritual life? Not necessarily, according to the Reverend Michael Coffey, an ordained Lutheran pastor who also happens to be a lifelong movie buff. “You could go to the movies. People might be surprised at the prevalence of spiritual and theological themes that can be found in mainstream, secular films.”
Coffey leads a “Spirituality in Movies” film series at First English Lutheran Church in Austin, where he is the pastor. The public is always invited, and the event is free. Following each film, Coffey leads a discussion that explores these themes, offering spiritual, theological, and biblical insight.
The films in the series are not the expected religious/biblical-theme movies. Rather, the films include a wide swath of Hollywood, independent and foreign productions that can be viewed as having a positive impact on the way people explore their own faith and lives. Coffey says, “Really good films are art, and art, when it’s really good, explores those very central themes about life, faith, God and spirituality. That’s what this series is about.”
Films in the series will include a wide range of genres: comedy, science fiction, documentary, drama, fantasy, animation. They are presented with digital projection and surround sound.
“Certain movies touch us because they are deep, profound and thought-provoking, and we leave the theater wishing we could share our thoughts and questions about the issues that stay with us. With this film series, we’ll be able to do that – to discuss our ideas and questions. We can search for theological and universal themes that connect us spiritually, and have a forum for sharing them.” Coffey says.