Spiritual Formation

 

 STJAMES_043Spiritual practices that enrich us come in various forms — prayer, study, body movement, music and art. We encounter God in many places – in nature, in worship, in scripture. It is the Holy Spirit who meets us in these places and in these activities and leads us from there into a deeper relationship with God. St. James offers throughout the year a variety of programs of prayer, study, reflection and action that support us in meeting the Holy Spirit and deepening our relationship with God.

 

Film & Faith Reflection
The Film & Faith Reflection is a time where we gather to view a film and then discuss how the film reflects the human and spiritual experience. Anywhere from ‘Classic Hollywood’ to foreign and independent films, all genres are covered. Join us for dinner at 5:30 p.m., then an introduction to the film by resident film expert Clint Cullum at 6 p.m.

 

clint cullumSt. James parishioner Clint Cullum graduated with a film degree from Biola University in Southern California where he wrote and directed a feature film of his own in addition to several short films. Originally from the Conroe area, Cullum returned home in 2010 and began attending St. James soon thereafter. “For years I have enjoyed exploring the spiritual possibilities of film and how God can speak to us through art,” he says. “At its core, the Church believes in Incarnation––the Word of God made flesh––and filmmaking provides a vehicle for artists to make spiritual realities both dramatic and visible.  With the Film and Faith Reflection series at St. James, together we are able to watch and discuss how different individuals have attempted to do this.”

 

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is
hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where
there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where
there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where
there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to
be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is
in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we
are born to eternal life. Amen.

A PRAYER ATTRIBUTED TO ST. FRANCIS