|The 19th-century Tabernacle on Craigville Village's common green will be the site for worship, films and presentations during the colloquy.|
In an effort to help congregations use film as a tool for education and spiritual formation, the 27th annual Craigville Colloquy on Cape Cod, Mass., will focus on faith in contemporary film. This year's event, titled "Surprised by Grace in Modern Film: Training the Eyes of Faith," will run July 12-16.
The Colloquy is the only ecumenical conference on theology sponsored annually by the UCC and gathers every summer at Craigville Village – a seaside retreat center on Nantucket Sound. Like previous colloquies, the gathering is likely to draw participants from several Christian traditions.
"Movies are often used in congregations as an effective way to engage young people and adults in the great themes of alienation and redemption, conflict and reconciliation," says the Colloquy's organizer, the Rev. Elsabeth Hilke. "This conference will allow participants to enjoy films as an invitation for in-depth theological reflection in the setting of a worshiping and praying Christian community.
"It should be especially useful for pastors, parish educators and any member of the church who loves movies."
Keynoters are Dr. Lee Barrett of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Dr. William R. Herzog II, dean of Andover Newton Theological School. Barrett will explore the use of film to deepen our theological understanding of grace, while Herzog will focus on biblical themes in modern film.
Liturgist is the Rev. Kathryn Matthews Huey, who will also lead a workshop on the creative use of movies for spiritual formation in local churches.
Movie clips will be used during presentations and at least two full-length features will be screened. Two ecumenical celebrations of the eucharist, a hymn sing, daily morning prayer, an evening service of Taizé vespers and small group sessions will round out the program.
"Typically, Craigville Colloquy knits theological reflection, engaging Bible study and inspiring worship into an experience that feeds the mind and heart," Hilke says. "And no Colloquy would be complete without the free afternoons that allow participants and their families to relax at Craigville Beach or to explore historic Cape Cod."
To register, visit www.craigvillecolloquy.com or call 508-775-1265.
The Craigville Conference Center is a ministry of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC.