GenRev – What it might look like
You come into the building on a Wed, Friday or Saturday evening, and immediately hear live music playing and smell coffee and baked goodies. As you enter the interior area you see round tables with candles on them, and people gathering around them. There is room for between 4 and 8 people per table. You get a coffee and join some people you know.
After a while you notice that the music being played is a mix of Christian Contemporary and songs you might hear on the radio.
At an appointed time, the music fades and someone stands up at the front and says “Hi, Welcome to GenRev, my name is Pete.” He then asks: “Have you ever had the feeling your life is scripted for you and you were not given a copy of the script or you lost it?”
Then a clip a few minutes long from Lord of the Rings will be shown, a part from the third movie where Sam and Frodo are walking along and Sam is speculating about adventure books and what kind of adventure book might be written about what they were experiencing.
After the clip Pete reads a quote from JRR Tolkein’s writings, a quote about a sense of destiny, a sense of a God guiding life, and that is followed by a short quote from scripture, such as “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you”
Then Pete simply says, “talk about this among yourselves” and slowly the music picks up again. Pete mingles at tables.
Either 15 minutes later, or one half hour later, the music subsides again, and another round of the very same sort of thing happens, again on the sense of destiny, of life being scripted, again with a clip from LOTR, a quote from JRR T and from scripture and an invite to discuss it. There is no ‘talk’ by Pete, no ‘talking head’ situation, merely thoughts and clips being presented, with that portion taking no more than 5 to 7 minutes in total each round or cycle. Conversation may go anywhere it wants to, but there might be a person at each table who had been taught how to gently bring subjects back.
This cycle would be repeated 3 or 4 times in one night, all on the theme of the night. Themes could be Destiny, Providence, Miracles, or you name it…
The evening could be concluded with a full gathering interactive time and then the evening would be closed.
There would be a series of about six nights like this based on one Movie series such as LOTR, Star Wars, Spiderman, Narnia, The Matrix or the like.
If you got this far and now are curious and have time to read more, here is the link to the ICS Pastor’s conference on the subject:
And here is an article/review I was commissioned to write for the Christian Courier on that conference. It contains much of the same kind of basic philosophical approach and underpinnings.