The surprise is that we all are secretly yearning for the yelling to stop and for the conversation to begin. We know what we think and we often think that's good enough, but if you don't understand anybody else, how can you have a real conversation?
Ferndale, WA (Vocus) September 22, 2009
On Monday night, September 21, Dr. Everett Piper will join a panel of political and religious thinkers in a discussion of the screening of the film Lord Save Us From Your Followers , at the Silver Screen Theater in Los Angeles, CA. The screening and panel discussion will be moderated by multi-media producer, columnist and author Mark Joseph. According to Joseph, "I'll be joined by some smart voices from around the political and religious spectrum who will give their thoughts on the film and the issues that it raises. Michael Levine, founder and president of Levine Communications and the LBN E-lert, William Lobdell , former Los Angeles Times religion reporter and author of Losing My Religion, and Everett Piper , President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University will be joined by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Dan Merchant."
Lord, Save Us From Your Followers is a fast-paced, highly engaging documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America that is to be released in theaters across the country on September 25, 2009. "Everyone has a dog in this fight. Everyone has an opinion on God, on why we're here, on what we are supposed to be doing," said Merchant. "The surprise is that we all are secretly yearning for the yelling to stop and for the conversation to begin. We know what we think and we often think that's good enough, but if you don't understand anybody else, how can you have a real conversation?"
Merchant traveled across America, interviewing prominent and not so prominent citizens about the culture war that has raged for decades between religious conservatives and secular society. The film, described by one publication as a cross between Michael Moore and Monty Python films, seeks to find out whether a truce between the two world views is even possible. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers was selected as Best Documentary by the multi-faith site, Beliefnet.com and as the Official Selection of the Heartland Film Festival, the Sedona Film Festival, the Faith on Film Festival in Sydney, Australia and Best of Show at The Attic Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences that is accredited by the North Central Association. OWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.
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