THE FACE OF GOD is a major new documentary film about God and nature, faith and climate change, and the experience of Orthodox communities around the world facing and experiencing changes in their lives now. Featuring interviews with our hierarchy across jurisdictions, our theologians seminary deans, clergy, scientists, and many others, the film covers the whole spectrum of responses in the Orthodox Church to the story of our times in the face of a changing climate.
This film is about beauty, ecology, theology, sanctity, our relationship to the natural world, love, asceticism, and always it is about the radiant living icon of the face of God in creation.
The Face of God film is produced by the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration, a pan-Orthodox organization endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, under the spiritual direction of Fr Sergei Kapral, Fr. John Chryssavgis, Fr Chistopher Bender, Fred Kruger, and other sitting board members of the OFT.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
Geron of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
"All levels of church life must care for creation."
The film will showcase our most important Church voices, highest ranking hierarchs, scientists, politicians, lay leaders, theologians, and communities around the world, and it will gather the witness of the whole Church on the defining issue of our time. Filled with beautiful and truthful footage and captivating interviews, inspiring patristic and matristic wisdom, The Face of God will be a testimony to the world concerning our relationship to creation; it will be challenging, hopeful, helpful, and when released, it will be accompanied by an educational campaign.
This is a unique project in modern Orthodox history, and our times need just such a bold venture. We are making this film with love, prayer, personal sacrifice, and with integrity.
A clip from our interview with Fr Michael Oleksa: "The people are the voice of the land. The Land needs the people now, as much as the people need the land."
SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE FILM
Here is how you can support our efforts right now:
- Please make a tax-deductible donation here on Kickstarter! Every dollar gets this film further into the world.
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Professor of Theology
Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture
Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University
George E. Demacopoulos
Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies
Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Fordham University
From the melting permafrost that threatens parishes in southwest Alaska to the wildfires that killed dozens this year near Athens, Orthodox communities around the globe are already feeling the effects of climate change.
The Face of God will document their struggles — but it won’t be simply a documentary, nor will it mimic the sensationalized tone of horror and despair so popular among contemporary headline-writers. This film will articulate the church’s unique ecology, a vision called into being with every liturgy, every sacrament, the lives of our saints.
Through beautiful shots of the natural world, church architecture and iconography; through glimpses into our services, which offer creation back to the Creator as “thine own of thine own”; through interviews with church leaders and meditations on the lives and teachings of the saints, this film will humbly attempt to show viewers that God is alive in His creation. It will call the faithful to action — not to one kind of political activism or ideology, but to prayer and reflection on how to preserve the fragile beauty around us, on which our lives depend.
ABOUT THE FILM
The Face of God is a journey through the Orthodox world, exploring our theology of creation, our response to a changing climate, and our understanding of beauty and much more. The film is being shot in locations around North America and the world, and is gathering the most critical and inportant voices in our generation to address a topic of supreme urgency and importance.
THE LIVING ICON OF THE FACE OF GOD
- Orthodox Theology of Creation
- The Liturgy and Creation/Nature
- Sacramental Ecology
- God’s relationship to creation / creation’s relationship to God
- The face of God in creation
- The world is charged with the grandeur of God
- The earth as prophet
- Listening to our co-creation
ECOSYSTEM HEALTH IS HUMAN HEALTH
- Nature as ecological and spiritual relationship
- The healthy ecosystem
- The human place in the ecosystem
- The earth system
- The human impact
- Climate change
- The challenges of a changing climate air-water-food-health-migration
- Accepting the times - Godly vs ungodly grief
- Responding as a Church / Responding as an Orthodox Christian
- Returning to an Orthodox praxis on earth
- Transforming the heart transfigures the cosmos
- But the problem is big, and I am only an individual
- What the ascetic and lenten teachings of the Church reveal about how to live in these times
- Becoming stewards and priests
- “We can live very well upon the earth…”
- Living liturgically is living ecologically
A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
- Direction and guidelines for clergy, for parish life and for individuals
- The work of the Church now
- Voices for change
- Finding the courage to respond in the saints and history of the Church
- The strength to respond in the beauty, the power, the love of God always present in Creation
- The Way to respond in the Way of the Cross (non-violent, kenotic, co-suffering, love)
Endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in 2006, in part with the support of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Amisso of blessed memory (Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Johnstown PA), the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration is a pan-Orthodox organization open to membership by all Orthodox Christians in good standing of canonical Orthodox Churches in North and Central America.
Its work originally grew out of efforts by its executive director, Frederick W. Krueger, on behalf of Christian approaches to environmental issues in the US, and by Fr. John Chryssavgis, as the North American-based environmental advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch, among others.
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 7348
Risks and challenges
Our main challenge is having enough funding to tell a complete story -- and include voices from all over the Orthodox world. Your contributions will go toward travel expenses, lodging and production costs that will allow us to film in our final locations as well as complete the editing process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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