Summer 2019 Programs

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2019 Faith through the lens of culture

Interested in thought-provoking film and conversation? This popular film series, co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley and New College Berkeley, returns this summer with a collection of films that chronicle the story of people invited by God on journeys of a lifetime. Our 2019 films included Les Miserables (8/2), The Least of These (8/9), Jacob’s Ladder (8/16), and Won’t You Be My Neighbor (8/23). Includes a screening and discussion about how the film intersects with faith, led by a rotation of facilitators

  • Friday evenings––August 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2019

  • 7pm

  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley, CA / Room G202, Geneva Hall

  • Free admission, no registration needed

August 2, 2019 –– Les Miserables / with Sharon Gallagher, MTS

An iconic story of an ex-convict’s experience of redemption, law, and grace.

August 9, 2019 –– The Least of These / with Marilyn McEntyre, PhD

This account of Australian missionary Graham Staines, illustrates the power of love and forgiveness to overcome hate.

August 16, 2019 –– Jacob’s Ladder / with Mark Stryker, Mdiv

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation.

August 23, 2019 –– Won’t You Be My Neighbor / with Ryan Pemberton, MTS

This documentary about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers exudes hope while addressing very timely societal issues.


2019 Facilitators:

Sharon Gallagher, MTS, is a professor of Christianity and the Media at New College Berkeley. She is also the editor of Radix magazine, for which she writes a film column.  

Marilyn McEntyre, PhD, is the author of numerous works of poetry and prose including Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. She has taught literature courses at Westmont College, Princeton Seminary, and New College Berkeley.

Mark Stryker, MDiv, is the Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

Ryan Pemberton, MTS, is the Minister of University Engagement at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. He is author of Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’s House and Back Again.