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    ’71

    ’71

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Having recently visited the Emerald Isle, it almost seems that “the troubles” are far behind; The peace accord is firmly in place, and the picturesque country no longer lives in daily threat of terroristic incidents.  Ah, but talk to a native and the bucolic landscape doesn’t look so peaceful.  Memories of civil strife are still fresh in the minds of any adult resident because they all remember what it was like when they were children.  And it wasn’t pretty. Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is a young British soldier whose unit… continue reading...
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    A Girl Like Her

    A Girl Like Her

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    This is a highly emotional film that is difficult to watch because the subject matter seems so realistically raw. Writer/director Amy S. Weber has made her mostly hand-held camera work look like a documentary, and the effect is immediate. It’s about school bullying, which, of course, everyone is against, but nonetheless persists in our schools. Most of us can remember some incident from our childhood where we were not treated kindly by another child. But what if that escalates into habitual, continual harassment? What does that do to a child?… continue reading...
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    Interview with Amy S Weber, director/writer of “A Girl Like Her”

    Interview with Amy S Weber, director/writer of “A Girl Like Her”

    by Ronald P. Salfen
    Phone interview with Amy S. Weber Director/writer of “A Girl Like Her” Dallas, Texas; March 24, 2015 Ronald P. Salfen for “The Presbyterian Outlook” Presbyterian Outlook: First, I want to say that I enjoyed this movie. No, “enjoyed” wouldn’t be the right term – it was highly impactful, and one that has stayed with me ever since I saw it. Amy S. Weber: Thanks, I appreciate hearing that. Presbyterian Outlook: That format you chose, with the documentary-style within the scenes – I have to admit, you had me going for… continue reading...
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Having recently visited the Emerald Isle, it almost seems that "the troubles" are far behind; The peace accord is firmly in place, and the picturesque country no longer lives in daily threat of terroristic incidents.  Ah, but talk to a native and the bucolic landscape doesn't look so peaceful.  Memories of civil strife are still fresh in the minds of any adult resident because they all remember what it was like when they were children.  And it wasn't pretty. Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell) is a young British soldier whose unit is snatched out of basic training in order to help quell a riot in Belfast on 1971.  That in itself, of course, is bad policy: Neither Hook nor his unit is trained in any kind of riot control tactics.  And they're completely green even wearing the uniform, much less learning to trust each other and to look out for each other. That's why, in the midst of the chaos and confusion of confronting an angry mob, Hook gets separated from his unit, beaten to a bloody … [Read more...]

A Girl Like Her

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This is a highly emotional film that is difficult to watch because the subject matter seems so realistically raw. Writer/director Amy S. Weber has made her mostly hand-held camera work look like a documentary, and the effect is immediate. It’s about school bullying, which, of course, everyone is against, but nonetheless persists in our schools. Most of us can remember some incident from our childhood where we were not treated kindly by another child. But what if that escalates into habitual, continual harassment? What does that do to a child? What does it say about the one doing the bullying? And how about the others – students, teachers, administration – who stand by and watch and do nothing to stop it? Whose “fault” is it? Jessica Burns (Lexie Ainsworth) is an easy girl to like – cute, in a girl-next-door kind of way, a little shy, a lot quiet, but with a bright smile and an easy-to-be-with demeanor. She was once friends with Avery Keller (Hunter King), but something happened that … [Read more...]

Interview with Amy S Weber, director/writer of “A Girl Like Her”

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Phone interview with Amy S. Weber Director/writer of “A Girl Like Her” Dallas, Texas; March 24, 2015 Ronald P. Salfen for “The Presbyterian Outlook” Presbyterian Outlook: First, I want to say that I enjoyed this movie. No, “enjoyed” wouldn’t be the right term – it was highly impactful, and one that has stayed with me ever since I saw it. Amy S. Weber: Thanks, I appreciate hearing that. Presbyterian Outlook: That format you chose, with the documentary-style within the scenes – I have to admit, you had me going for a while there. What was your intent in filming it that way? Amy S. Weber:  I thought that format would put the viewer up-close and personal with the bullying, and also I wanted to make sure people knew that the girl doing the bullying herself had lots of issues. She wasn’t a bad person, really, she just engaged in bad behavior, which could be corrected. I don’t believe any of us were born evil. We learn to do bad things because of responses to our environment. … [Read more...]

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Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, in suburban Philadelphia, is a faith community of more than 700-members. An active mission-oriented church founded in 1895, SPC is minutes from Center City Philadelphia by train and adjacent to Swarthmore College and all that both have to offer. The congregation thrives on its commitment to serving God through worship and music, outreach to and with both local and global mission partners, and vibrant education programs for children and youth. We are interested in growing our membership and continuing to be a “caring community”- open to all. MIF #08097 Swarthmore Presbyterian Church 727 Harvard Ave Swarthmore PA 19081 swarthmorepres.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

Director of Global Mission

The First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, a thriving 2,000-member congregation in the heart of Midtown, invites applications for the full-time position of Director of Global Mission. The Director is responsible for overseeing, guiding, and nurturing the mission ministries of the church. Mission is central to the identity and activity of First Presbyterian Church. The church lives its commitment to experiencing the mission of God through mutuality, transformation, and service with partnerships in Kenya, Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and Honduras. Qualified candidates will bring experience in and vision for mission. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred. Compensation includes a competitive salary and full family benefits. Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] First Presbyterian Church 1328 Peachtree St NE Atlanta GA 30309-3902 firstpresatl.org Job Type: Full-time … [Read more...]

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First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, Springfield, Missouri, a congregation of 1,700, is seeking an Executive Associate Pastor for: administrative and management oversight of the daily operations of the church; direct the annual budget process and monitor budget and stewardship progress with monthly financial reports to the Board of Trustees; leadership to the Board of Deacons as they provide the Home and Hospital Program and serve on the Pastoral Care and Worship Team; and participate in worship services. The successful candidate will have strong organizational, leadership and business skills with effective oral and written communication abilities. We seek a leader with initiative, enthusiasm and a team-player mentality to work constructively in a Christian environment with fellow Pastors, staff, Session, committees and members. Please visit our website for information about our church. PIFs can be sent to [email protected] First & Calvary Presbyterian Church 820 … [Read more...]