LIPW Film Series, Fourth Fridays
October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness has scheduled the following FREE film at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall, 321 West Chestnut St., Lancaster.
“An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story” Produced by Martin Doblmeier, founder of Journey Films
Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice — an American conscience — during some of the most defining moments in recent history. His books, Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932), The Nature and Destiny of Man (1941–43) and The Irony of American History (1952), continue to influence theological and political thinking. An American original, his unique insights into human nature and its relationship to political movements and social justice propelled him to speak openly, and often critically, to an America consumed by moral certainty. For Niebuhr the priority was always justice, his guiding principle was hope in a redeemer God, and his weapon was an extraordinary gift for clarity of thought that made him a leading voice of conscience for his time. (DVD promotional)
Persons interviewed on the film include president Jimmy Carter, ethicist Stanley Hauerwas, philosopher Cornel West and Jewish studies professor Susanna Heschel, who details Niebuhr’s close friendship with her father, Abraham Joshua Heschel. (From Christian Century)