“Requium for a Heavyweight” was the Saturday Night film used to ground the Theological perspectives introduced in the course using the Artform Discussion Method. Sample questions used in film conversations can be found here.
You can rent and watch the movie on Amazon prime: https://www.amazon.com/Requiem-For-a-Heavyweight/dp/B001NLWVIY.
Note: The Theatrical release which was used in the course had a significantly different ending from this version of the film. See: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056406/alternateversions
Specifically “The VHS release adds an additional scene (@ 1 minute 11 seconds) which was cut from both the theatrical and DVD releases. [Since the DVD restores the original sequence at this point, and significantly changes the emotional focus of the ending, the DVD is preferable to the VHS release.] As Mountain ascends (both literally and figuratively) to the wrestling ring, the deleted scene has Maish warning the newbie who wants to sign a boxing contract replacing Mountain to “Go home!” instead of starting a career in which there are only eight champions and everybody else is a loser. The VHS also cuts medium shot in which the referree says, “Come on, Mountain, let’s get this show on the road!” and, more significantly, the closeup in which Mountain makes the crucial decision to embrace his humiliation and starts his warwhoop dance around the ring.”
After teaching RSI courses, an emphasis on teaching church leaders was discerned, resulting in the creation of the Parish Leadership Colloquy. It was a combination of two courses: Religious Studies I (RS) and The Local Congreation (RSIIIA) for church leaders. It was orginally taught in the Faith and Life Community as The Parish Ministers Colloquy to address the need for a group ministry approach toward the church renewal. In 1973 a PLC Review was done at the summer program, a new PLC construct was created, and a PLC lecture given.
An analysis of the new image of the Church as mission in history. The interrelatedness of the parish, local congregation, and cadre are examined in depth. Practical models are forged in workshops on witnessing and justing love, worship, study and enabling discipline. Rational Objective: To bring clarity to the ultimate purpose of the Church, i.e., to increase love of God, neighbor and self. Existential Aim: To deepen the resolve of the Church to bear the weight of fully loving God and neighbor.
Quote from PLC colloguy Lecture I November 1973 Core Curriculum Revised Manual JWM under Academy on ICA website.
“Joe Pierce and I were talking to Karl Barth a few years ago and we asked him, where is the theological dialogue going to go from now on? Who is going to be carrying the ball? And he pulled that bony finger out and stuck it in our face and said, “with you”. By which he meant with guys like you and me who are in the grass roots level, not in the seminary”
“Available on Amazon: Bending History: Talks of Joseph Wesley Mathews (Vol I.)