A Long, Long Way: Greg Garrett in Conversation - part 2

Join us as we continue our conversation about story, race and church. This event will be virtual; you can join us at St John's Facebook page.

Greg Garrett is an award-winning professor at Baylor University and the author of two dozen books. BBC Radio has called Greg one of America’s essential voices on faith and culture; he has appeared on NPR, Fox News, and MSNBC, and been covered by media sources ranging from The New Yorker and The Spectator to Christianity Today, and Men’s Health.
His new trade title, A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation, grows out of four years of public screenings and conversations about film and race held across the country and in Europe. Greg is the co-founder of the annual Long, Long Way Film Festival at Washington National Cathedral, a longtime presenter at the Austin Film Festival, and the Theologian in Residence at the American Episcopal Cathedral in Paris. He lives in Austin with his wife Jeanie and their daughters Lily and Sophie.
Thank you to all who joined us on July 29 for our first conversation with Dr. Greg Garrett, beginning a season at the Cathedral of exploring race – in our lives, in our culture, in our Church, and in our Christian faith! If you missed it, you can view the conversation here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=685337058714237

Join us again online at 7 pm on August 12 as we continue the conversation. Dr. Garrett suggested interested persons view a few films in anticipation of discussion of race as it is represented in popular culture:

- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (NR, 1967). This classic tells the story of Joanna Drayton and her fiancĂ©e, John Prentice, as their parents meet for the first time and grapple with race and romance and their own self-perceptions.

- Do the Right Thing (R, 1989). This award-winning film explores racial tension centered on a Brooklyn pizza parlor that leads to violent confrontations between different communities in the same space.

- BlacKkKlansman (R, 2018). Based on the life of Ron Stallworth, this Oscar-winning film tells Stallworth’s story as an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO who successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader.

He also mentioned the fantastic horror film Get Out (R, 2017), but given that many do not watch horror films, he will be focusing on the three films listed above. You can find these films through your favorite streaming services, or in physical media through our area public libraries.

We will continue these conversations on a more-or-less biweekly basis for the foreseeable future and are looking forward to viewing pertinent material together and hearing from a variety of speakers to learn and grow together into God’s Beloved Community.