Film first of three on Exiled from Nature theme

Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship will host the film Play Again this Friday.

Comox United Church and the Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship will host the film Play Again this Friday.

Play Again tells the story of teenagers who spend most of their day behind electronic screens, rather than outside. The film documents “unplugging” them from their screens and taking them on their first wilderness adventure, without screens, electricity or cell phone coverage.

Their experiences are interspersed with comments from leading experts, including David Suzuki, on the impact that modern society has on our relationship with nature. To quote one expert: “What they do not know, they will not protect, and what they do not protect, they will lose.”

The evening will conclude with some questions raised by the film, and a short discussion on our own experiences of being Exiled from Nature. No answers will be provided, but there should be some good questions.

This film is the first of three monthly evenings on the theme Exiled from Nature. Many people find relaxation and comfort from time in nature, but may not identify it as a spiritual experience.

The three evenings will consider our isolation from the natural world, and how different spiritual traditions view nature and the damage that civilization is inflicting. Eco-spirituality is a term that could be applied to this discussion.

The presentation will be this Friday at 7 p.m. at Comox United Church at 250 Beach Dr. in Comox. Admission is by donation.

— Comox United Church

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