Presbyterians Today

FEB-MAR 2018

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 13 of 51

12 FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay COMMUNITIES MOVED BY THE SPIRIT Films raise awareness on hot issues Community hears and discusses the plight of immigrants and refugees BY RICK JONES such as talks, concerts and a pre- sentation of the opera The Consul, which focuses on immigration and refugees. "It began as a movie showing and became a full-page ad in the Dayton Daily News," Dyer said. "All of these connections just came to be organi- cally and we felt the Spirit was leading the way. It just grew, and then we got our friends at the local mosque to schedule a screening W hen Sally Dyer began planning a screening of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's (PDA) newest documen- taries at her church, she had no idea how big the project would become. Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, has a special connection with PDA, serving as a member of the ministry's National Response Team and volunteering to go to communi- ties facing natural or human-caused disasters. In recent years, PDA has addressed the issue of immigrant detention and refugee resettlement through the production of two docu- mentaries: Locked in a Box and To Breathe Free. Both films, directed by PDA's associate for story ministry, David Barnhart, share personal stories and struggles of people seeking to find a new home in the United States. Dyer worked with her church to schedule screenings of both films last fall. But as planning continued, she began to hear about other events in and around Dayton focusing on the same issues. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton International Peace Museum, Fazl-l-Umar Mosque, the University of Dayton, Sinclair College, the Dayton Opera and the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation all planned activities of the films as well. It was just wonderful." With the involvement of other community leaders, such as Jerry Leggett, president and CEO of the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation, a series of individual events became a community- wide event titled "Building Peace Through the Arts 2017." "I've been working for years to create positive peacebuilding within Members of the Dayton, Ohio, community watch two documentaries on immigration issues. Originally planned to be shown in Westminster Presbyterian Church, the films became part of a larger discussion.

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Presbyterians Today - FEB-MAR 2018