Profiles in Color: Breaking Barriers

WhenThursday, July 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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WhereFirst Congregational Church of Woodstock
543 Route 169
P.O. Box 147
Woodstock, CT 06281

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ContactLynn Davis
Profiles in Color:  Breaking Barriers
FREE Summer Movie Series

A FREE summer movie series open to the local community is set to begin at the Woodstock Academy Elizabeth S. Hyde Arts Center Auditorium. Titled Profiles in Color: Breaking Barriers, the series will focus on recent award winning films that explore race relations in society, followed by a facilitated discussion. The event is co-sponsored by the Board of Outreach of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock and Woodstock Academy Library. Films will begin at 6:30 pm. After each screening, a discussion will be led by members of the congregation who have been trained as Racial Justice Ministry Facilitators by the Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ. Light refreshments will be served.

Film: 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (PG-13)
Amazon review states “42 is a poignant film that has some unexpectedly witty moments, and viewers can expect their emotions to run the gamut from shame, helplessness, and rage to the awakening of inspiration and empowerment to continue to effect change and eradicate discrimination... Watch it--and make sure to include your teenagers in the audience.” Katy Field and Katie Wells will lead the discussion.

“The Board of Outreach is committed to providing public opportunities for open and frank discussion of complex topics,” states Lynn Davis, Board of Outreach co-chair. The Rev. Jocelyn Gardner Spencer, pastor of First Congregational Church of Woodstock, comments, “Because we believe that every person is made in God’s image, we hope to help our communities understand the ongoing role of race in our society, and to inspire one another to build a more just world for all God’s people. Please join us!”

A special thanks to Woodstock Academy Library for serving as host for this important series. All films are presented under public performance site license number: 87152-1.