Sunday Celebration: Sex, Gender, Religion — Why are they so hard to talk about?!

Date

Jul 24 2022

Time

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for Sunday Celebration!

Sex. Gender. Religion. 

Why are they so hard to talk about?  What do they have in common? 

with Vic Compher, Rodney Whittenberg & Edie Weinstein

Description:

A multi- award winning film called “Angels and Saints-Eros and Awe” may answer those questions.

While “Angels and Saints—Eros and Awe” may seem to be a film about gender identity and sexuality –and it is—it is more essentially about psychological, emotional, and spiritual wholeness, namely, the sacred and sensual connection of our bodies and the natural world that western religion has historically demonized and maligned. It is a film about people whom we call our “Angels and Saints” or our “modern messengers”, who have found a path to being their whole selves in body, mind, and spirit.

Angels and Saints: Eros and Awe addresses the psychic pain and damage that institutional religions and American culture in general have inflicted by teaching that “the Spirit is good” but “the body is evil”.  Whether identifying as heterosexual, nonbinary, gay, lesbian or “OtherWise”, our modern messengers share with us their creative, grounded lives, their wisdom and their many ways of healing this brokenness, as well as how they have moved beyond the constraining, stereotypic “boxes” in which society has placed most people.  A recurring theme in this process of integration and wholeness is the role of the arts, including dance, music, animation, poetry, and a love of nature – all of which find a richly expressive place in the film.

At times we may feel stuck or feel stagnant in our lives. Yet, what if these were the only ideal conditions where expansion,  genius or greatness are created from? That which is ahead of us in the fog may in turn be exactly what we needed. The unseen rewards present themselves as present day obstacles. Let’s explore the unseen through the eyes of the Oracle of Apollo.

Here is the link for the movie:  www.angelsandsaints-erosandawe.com 

Biographies:

Vic Compher     

After many years as a clinical social worker  in child welfare, geriatric counseling, and hospice work, Vic began his “encore career” as a filmmaker, directing and producing a trilogy of short documentaries about aging:  “Treasures of the Elders,” “ Peace of the Elders,” and “I Cannot be Silent”. www.icannotbesilent.com His fourth film is about secondary trauma and caregiver resilience and is called: “Portraits of Professional Caregivers:  Their Passion and Their Pain” (www.caregiversfilm.com ).  All of his documentaries are story-driven, dramatic, personal accounts of real people’s lives.
Vic’s exploration of the subject of secondary trauma has made it increasingly clear that society in general has many unrealistic expectations of its professional caregivers or public servants—indeed a profound lack of awareness and knowledge about the human side of providing professional care. These, then, are the essential caregivers society calls upon in times of crises: our hotline and child protective social workers, our first responders, firefighters, police, emergency doctors and nurses, psychologists, and hospice staff, among others!

 

Rodney Whittenberg       
Rodney Whittenberg’s varied and rich background includes a depth of experience in musical composition, recording, sound-mix and the scoring of films. He is also an experienced videographer and film editor, owns and manages his own production studio, Melodyvision, and he is a sought after teacher of filmmaking at a number of Philadelphia colleges.

Rodney has been involved in the Philadelphia music and filmmaking realm for more than 20 years. He has worked on numerous projects involving real life situations and personal issues.

Edie Weinstein     

Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, interfaith minister, journalist, author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary, speaker and Opti-mystic who sees the world the eyes of possibility.

Zoom Link for Sunday Celebration:

Meeting ID: 816 6107 0026
Passcode: 626150
Phone
+16465588656 US (New York)