The Resource Team for Faith and Values launched their first event last week when they showed the movie “Doubt.” After the movie, Professors Gary Luter and Ryan Cragun facilitated a discussion on the film.
A good portion of The Minaret’s editorial staff came to the movie, and we discussed the film.
We believed it was unfortunate that the discussion at the end focused on the homosexual impulses that appeared to be exhibited by the priest in the movie. Not only that, but then citing a statistic that 1 out of 6 Catholic priests are homosexual.
We understand that values constitute a mutual respect between people, and possibly agreeing or disagreeing on a particular viewpoint is something that may occur. The movie was definitely thought provoking and The Minaret recommends that every student see the film.
The discussion afterwards definitely had good points, and those were all pertaining to the film. However, no one on the panel fought for the church. The church has to have something to say about the film.
We understand that we cannot focus solely on one viewpoint and allow only certain panelists to be available, but in an effort to facilitate the potential for a student to grow in a particular faith or reinforce a particular value, there needs to be a more well-rounded discussion.
The resource team is a great addition to the network of organizations which are truly excited about the opening of the Sykes Center for Faith and Values. We hope that they are able to create a large following and use the time before the opening to instill a faith and reinforce the values of the UT students.
Many people do not think that the world is a terrible place, but some do. Whether it is the occasional disrespect for their fellow student or the viewpoint of another, faith and values are extremely important.
We cannot live our lives on a daily basis without the foundation of our faith and values, whatever they may be, being shaken every once in a while.
The world we live in on campus and certainly the world we will live in off of campus test our faith and values. As students graduate, learning the necessary things to make sure our faith and values are strong should be of the utmost importance. Sometimes these are the last things learned in a person’s life, yet it must be difficult to live life to the fullest without them.