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Autumn Courses: I, Daniel Blake

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An evening of film and discussion at Holy Trinity, Southport

In his latest film, I Daniel Blake, the Director Ken Loach has crafted a Cathy Come Home for our own times. It is a drama about a middle-aged widower in the North East who can’t work or obtain benefits after a serious heart attack. It is a gripping and human tale about the humiliating and ugly experience of poverty in our still prosperous nation and a welfare system that can reduce claimants to numbers and deny them their dignity.

The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the recent Cannes Film Festival but its real importance lies in the way it depicts a decent man trying to do the right thing in the face of bureaucracy, hardship and modern technology. As such it raises issues of injustice and inequality and our obligation to ‘remember the poor’ (Galatians 2:10).

The film will be followed by a discussion of some of the key issues it raises for local churches seeking to care for the vulnerable and powerless in their local communities.

6.30 p.m. beginning with refreshments from 6.15 p.m.

No charge but retiring donations invited.


Autumn Courses 2017

A message from Canon Dr. Rod Garner, Diocesan Theologian

Dr Rod Gardner

Dr Rod Gardner

For the best of reasons, Church history features prominently in the following pages. 2017 is a landmark year – the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was the pivotal figure and his ideas divided Europe and triggered riots, murder and war. This is a good time to reassess what he believed, what drove him on and how we should regard him today when many know little about his life or legacy. The Reformation eventually transformed England and gave rise to Anglicanism. It also bequeathed to us a complex past that invites us to think again about the divisive issues of the present.

Alongside history, there will be presentations on the abiding mystery of the cross of Jesus and a film night featuring the work of Ken Loach, one of our most distinguished and principled British film directors. Both evenings will make use of music and film. Each in its different way will explore the relationship between faith and commitment and where we place our deepest allegiance. A case of deciding over and again, the question of ‘who is Christ for us today?’ and the radical obligations of this relationship.

The invitation to share in all or any of these meetings is open to everyone. Newcomers to similar events this year have found them informative and worthwhile. A warm welcome is also assured. Do come along if you are curious or simply want to learn more about how we are to live faithfully and hopefully in an age of anger and anxiety. If you would like more information before enrolling you can reach me at holytrinitysouthport@gmail.com or 07754812915.

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