On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 4:00 p.m., in the Meetinghouse, FCCOL will hold a movie screening of “City of a Million Dreams,” followed by a 6:00 p.m. discussion led by filmmaker Jason Berry.

In announcing the movie screening, Senior Minister Rev. Steve Jungkeit said, “’City of a Million Dreams’ is an exquisite and life-affirming document of how a particular culture within America has learned to mourn and grieve, while also reaching toward joy and transcendence in the midst of that grief.  Given all that we’ve been through as individuals, as a community and as a country these past two years, Jason Berry’s film has much to teach us about how grace and healing take hold.” When the film is over, Berry will lead a public discussion, joined by Dr. White and Gregg Stafford, both of whom are featured in the film.

“This is a film and a discussion, that you don’t want to miss,” Jungkeit said.  “Jason, Michael and Gregg reach deep into the human soul and, against all odds, find something luminous and beautiful residing there.”

During the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, FCCOL will be holding a special, three-part community event entitled “The Rhythm of the Saints: A Gathering of the Graces in Word, Song and Film,” which will enable area residents to:

  • mourn loved ones lost during COVID, when memorial services were unable to be observed;
  • attend a movie screening and discussion of “City of a Million Dreams,” Jason Berry’s moving documentary about the jazz-funeral tradition in New Orleans; and
  • take part in a Sacred Jazz Sunday morning worship service led by Dr. Michael White and his New Orleans Jazz Ensemble.

All events are free and open to all area residents.  Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Masks are required, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours of the event.