Tis was a hard year. Crisis, exams, fail in college and returnin to the school. Welp. I wish that everything will be great in 2017. Also I wish what you are all will be OK and don’t cri about F in exams or failing a new art. good luck and hippy new year.
That earlier post by @prokopetz joked about having a riveting adaption of 2nd Corinthians which was very funny but all jokes aside?? Having a drama or series about early church politics?? I can see a lot of potential in that.
Like you could explore the tensions between leadership of a group of people trying to reconcile their new idealistic faith with the Dominant Greco-Roman culture, showing the fights and differences between the various sects arising, including folks like the syncretics and gnostics, the debates between Paul and the Athenians, etc. Paul being distrustful of John Mark and criticizing Peter and traveling around getting arrested with Silas.
You could show the female leadership (Phoebe, Thekla, Priscilla) in the early church, and the hostile responses to them by Paul and other male leaders.
Basically it could be an interesting story that tells multiple viewpoints BESIDES what was just outlined in Paul’s epistles. First century Christianity was a huge discoursey mess that still trips us up today and I think a story that explores that messiness, showing humans struggling to reconcile strong and idealistic beliefs with worldly historical pettiness, would be really impactful.
Also, it would be kind of cool to de-mystify Paul. Depending on the writer you could show him as being perceived as a more corrupt-prejudiced leader (reflecting much modern approaches to Paul today) or maybe someone who sincerely did have a vision and change of heart and made it his mission to spread the Good News, only to run into conflict when it comes to practically implementing that in the real world. The epistles and acts are kind of preachy by nature but I feel like a story about them….doesn’t have to be you know?
Also. Shipwrecks. There can be shipwrecks.
Billy Stanley, 8-year-old third-grader, the only white pupil at St. Philip the Apostle’s school in Albany, New York, studies with his black friends. Billy said he likes school, and that the other pupils “treat me good.”
Lord Jesus Christ, Shepherd of souls, who called the apostles to be fishers of men, raise up new apostles in Your holy Church.
Teach them that to serve You is to reign:
to possess You is to possess all things.
Kindle in the hearts of our people the fire of zeal for souls.
Make them eager to spread Your Kingdom upon earth.
Grant them courage to follow You, who are the Way, the Truth and the Life; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
St James Apostle of Spain, pray for vocations to follow in your footsteps. Amen.