Spiritual/Inspirational Film Series – Dinner, Film & Discussion

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 4th Friday of each month (generally speaking)
Dinner 6:00 pm, Film & Discussion 7:30 pm - 9:30 (depends on length of film)

The Spiritual Cinema Group meets on the 4th Friday of each month at a local restaurant for dinner or gather at OCUUC to eat ‘potluck style.’ At 7:30 pm, we watch a film and a discussion follows. The films are selected with the intention to educate and inspire us, and to date, the choices have been fantastic. A list of past screenings can be found below.

Coming Attractions


We don't have a date scheduled for our next Spiritual Film night.

Members, Friends, and Visitors are always welcome.

For more information, contact Karen Anderson (SpiritualFilms@ocuuc.org)

About the Film Series

Each month, we select a film to educate and inspire us. Some of us share a meal together at a nearby restaurant or bring dinner to OCUUC. Then we all watch the film and have a meaningful discussion. I have also learned that some who cannot attend the evening watch the film at home and appreciate the choice of films.

We often show films about historic Unitarians and Universalists as well as the founders of democracy & the United States. Please make suggestions of great films to include in our series this coming year.

We have worked hard to provide a spiritual/inspirational event in service of a number our UU Principles:

  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

For more information, contact Karen Anderson.

Recent Films

  • Finding Joe (2011) - Biography of Joseph Campbell
  • Conversations with God (2006) – A homeless man becomes a spiritual messenger.
  • Brother Sun Sister Moon (1972)- Biography of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997)- A Nazi poster boy transformed by Dalai Lama
  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Story (1965) – “First Lady of the World”
  • The Man from Earth (2007) – Sci fi that questions history, man, religion, science; it questions the very idea of existence
  • The Revisionaries (2012) – The power of the Texas Board of Education to change history
  • Life is Beautiful (1997) – A tale of humanity in a Nazi concentration camp
  • Normal (2003) – A Transgender Biography
  • The King’s Speech (2010) - The story of King George VI of England
  • Seabiscuit (2003) – Biography of a Racehorse that inspired the country
  • Kumaré (2011) – When false Guru reveals his true identity
  • Kundun (1997) – Biography of the Dalai Lama
  • The Message (1977)  – The birth of the Islamic Faith
  • Mother Teresa of Calcutta (2003) - A simple nun who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and was Beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003
  • The Agony & the Ecstacy (1965) Pope Julius II commissions Michelangelo to paint frescoes.
  • Children of the Light:  Desmond Tutu’s South African Story (2014) - a personal look into the legacy of one of the greatest peacemakers of our time.
  • John Wooden: Values, Victory & Peace of Mind (2002)the greatest basketball coach shares his practical, values-based secrets - such as initiative, poise and confidence - to achieving success.
  • Magic of Belle Isle
  • The Dhamma Brothers (2008) - prisoners immerse themselves in a meditative retreat rooted in Buddhist teachings.
  • With One Voice
  • the god who wasn't there (2005) - explores the history of the early church and the historical accuracy of the gospels.
  • The Blind Side (2009)
  • Wit (2001)
  • The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2003)
  • Beyond Borders (2003)
  • Whale Rider (2002)
  • The Human Experience (2008)
  • Albert Schweitzer (2009)
  • Pride (2014)
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • The Loving Story (2011)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Selma
  • From This Day Forward