friday | july 12 | 6:00 PM | Movie, Food, Discussion

Movie Night: Watch, eat, discuss

Come join us for a movie night at theeffect.

We’ll screen the movie Contact, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey and based on the novel by Carl Sagan, a leading astronomer and proponent of SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Contact is the story of an astronomer who makes first contact, but as an atheist, must confront her beliefs, the conflict between science and faith, and her own hero’s journey. It’s intelligent and suspenseful, with spirituality, religion, and existential meaning all central themes of the film.

We’ll watch and discuss the main themes, but while having fun at the same time. We’ll serve finger food, handheld snacks, drinks, and we’ll have an old fashioned popcorn machine, of course. Come laugh and connect and see if we can also find a deeper existential meaning in each other.

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