Events – Folder

Film Screening and Discussion: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Wednesday, February 6, 6:30-8:30pm
PPMCC Social Hall

James Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist and critic, regarded as one of the most important voices of the Civil Rights movement. In this searing documentary, he recounts his experiences in 20th century America through the voice of Samuel L. Jackson, particularly focusing on his relationships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Medgar Evers.

His account of the political movement is explored, as well as his more personal reminiscences of American history. Fascinating archive footage is used throughout – to unsettling effect – capturing images from major historical events, often juxtaposed with disturbing scenes of contemporary American society. As well as this, the film dissects old film clips demonstrating the representation of African Americans in cinema, in provocative, unsettling ways. A challenging, but hugely rewarding documentary.

Please RSVP to Jim “Hawk” Hawkins, by phone, (719) 373-2839, or e-mail.

Donations for use of the church accepted but not required.

6 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Join us for our special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24,  2018 at 6:00 pm. This is a family-friendly service!

There is something about Christmas Eve. It is hard to describe that “something” that many of us feel and it is different, to be sure, for everyone. The older we are and the more memories we accumulate, the more complex the feeling becomes. Perhaps the tendency for reflection upon one’s life and the presence or absence of loved ones on this night is why we love to hear “all is calm, all is bright.” On this night we remember the promise of God–that God would be “Emmanuel,” God-with-us forever more. We hope you can join us!

Spiritual Hero: Oscar Wilde, (1854—1900)

Oscar Wilde is a 19th-century Anglo-Irish writer whose reputation as a gay martyr and LGBTQ role model often overshadows his spiritual journey as a follower of Christ and Anglican convert to Catholicism.

Although he is better known as a forerunner of modern LGBTQ activism, the flamboyant and witty Wilde was also a spiritual seeker.  He loved church rituals and took Christ seriously, especially during and after prison. He identified with Jesus as a persecuted rebel artist with an individual vision, writing, “Christ’s place indeed is with the poets.” Wilde is best known for his ever-popular works “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” — and his notorious imprisonment for homosexuality.

His lifelong flirtation with Catholicism ended with a flourish in a deathbed conversion. Wilde’s imprisonment for “gross indecency” stemmed from his relationship with Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, the poet who famously wrote about their same-sex desire as “the love that dare not speak its name.”

But while in prison, Wilde wrote that Christ “took the entire world of the inarticulate, the voiceless world of pain, as his kingdom, and made of himself its external mouthpiece.” During his prison stay, Wilde wrote a book-length letter to Douglas revealing an understanding of Christ that is as radical, unorthodox, creative and profound as the writings of today’s queer theologians.

Excerpted with permission from an article by Rev. Kittredge Cherry, She is an author and retired MCC clergy who served as National Ecumenical Officer for MCC. (Image credit: Oscar Wilde, 1882. Photo by Napoleon Sarony.)