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Campus Ministry invites public to “God in the Box” documentary, discussion

on November 11, 2012 by Janet Edwards

What does God mean to you? What does God look like to you?

In recent weeks, Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service Stephen Di Salvo has invited members of the Maryville community to reflect on these questions. He and some students have set up a portable box-like station in Gander Hall, where people can stop and write or draw an image of their understanding of God.

At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, the documentary God in the Box will be shown in Maryville Auditorium, followed by a question-and-answer session with the film’s director Nathan Lang. The documentary runs about 80 minutes. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The documentary explores the subject of what God looks like and means to Americans in the 21st century. The filmmakers embark on a cross-country journey with their small, mobile studio, The Box. They invite people to step inside and share what they see in their mind’s eye, and if possible, draw what God looks like to them. The filmmakers set The Box up in a variety of locations, including well-known street corners, around the country.

A remarkable collection of scholars, religious leaders and a mythologist examine the material and put it into a historical and relevant context. The film allows revelations about our current interpretations of God come to light. Small glimpses inside the minds of others illuminate a much bigger picture of our understandings of God.

“I heard about the film last semester when a local Jewish congregation, Shaare Emeth and the Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls co-sponsored a showing of the film,” said Di Salvo. He couldn’t attend that event, but he investigated the film to see if it would be a good fit to show on campus. “I thought it might be thought-provoking and stimulate some good conversation about what people believe and imagine about God.”


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