Religion Refocused Series

“Religion Refocused” was a series of film screenings and facilitated discussions in Greater Boston that sought to build cross-community partnerships and explore the complex issues of religious identity in America today.  This film and discussion series was made possible by a grant from MassMass is a term used in the Roman Catholic Church for the ritual that culminates in the celebration of the Eucharist, the central rite of sharing the consecrated bread and wine in the church community. Humanities, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The series utilized documentary and narrative films to explore the lived experiences of religious minority communities and to promote greater understanding.

Our event partners included: Cooperative MetropolitanA Metropolitan is the title given to a bishop, used especially in the Orthodox family of churches today. Ministries, Cristo Rey Boston, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, the Lynn Museum, the Downtown Lynn Cultural District, Not in Our Town, the Islamic Society of Boston, GurdwaraThe gurdwara, “the gateway of the Guru,” is the place for community gathering and worship in the Sikh tradition. The Guru is the Adi Granth, the sacred scripture of the Sikh tradition. Each center will include a chamber where the Adi Granth is kept, a... SikhSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob... SangatSangat is a Punjabi term for “community” and refers particularly to the religious community. Boston, Gurudwara Guru NanakGuru Nanak (1469-1539) was the first teacher of the community of disciples that became known as the Sikhs. His songs in praise of the formless and transcendent God are a cherished part of the Sikh scripture, the Adi Granth. Darbar Medford, Milford Gurdwara Sahib (NESSC), Sikh DharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... of Massachusetts (SDMA), and Roots and Wings Training and Consultation.

The series ran from February 2015 through January 2016.


American Made and Dastaar Screening, Cristo Rey Boston, February 26, 2015


Of Many Screening, Cambridge Public Library, March 22, 2015


The Refugees of Shangri-La Screening, LynnArts Black Box Theater, July 19, 2015

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Waking in Oak Creek Screening, Brattle Theatre, January 26, 2016

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