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Hollywood comes to the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos this weekend as the Rev. John Cullinan begins his third annual “Summer Blockbusters” sermon series.
Using film as the chosen text for his sermons, Cullinan explores what people can learn about their lives from recent — and not so recent — popular movies.
Past sermons in the series have explored themes of fathers and sons in Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” grace in “Where the Wild Things Are,” and xenophobia in “Avatar.”
This year’s series opens this weekend with Pixar’s 2009 animated movie, “Up.” The church will hold a “Dinner and a Movie Night” at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a community dinner.
This week’s dinner will be held as a benefit for the local running of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Local Relay team members will prepare and serve the dinner, with a donation of $10 per adult and $5 per child. A showing of “Up” will follow dinner at approximately 7:30 p.m. The movie is free.
On Sunday, using clips from “Up,” Cullinan will preach on themes from the movie during the 10 a.m. service.
The series continues with “Dinner and a Movie” on July 30, featuring “Up in the Air,” starring George Clooney, followed by Cullinan’s sermon on July 31.
The weekend of Aug. 13 and 14 features the 1999 animated film, “The Iron Giant.” The series concludes the weekend of Aug. 27 and 28 with the 2011 Best Picture winner, “The King’s Speech.”
The public is welcome to all Saturday evening and Sunday morning events.
For more information on the films in this series, especially on the family friendliness of each, visit www.commonsensemedia.org.
For more information about this series or about the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, call 662-2346, or visit www.uulosalamos.org.