Out of the many things that we discussed in class this week, the one topic that caught my attention was the film “Separate Realities”. This film portrayed two main characters who both lived in Lockhaven, PA. The first character was a women who attended St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She introduces herself as a wife, mother, and an active member of the church. While she was introducing herself and talking about how she ended up being religious, the film showed her having a conversation with the pastor of her church. She started to open up about her relationship with God and how it has affected her life. She also talked about how she went on this church retreat and how she gained a lot of insight about herself and her relationship with God. Throughout her side of the film, it seemed like she had so many questions about her faith to God, like she was confused as to why she believed in him. The second character was a man who attended a First Baptist Church. He introduces himself as a husband, father, and also an active member of the church. He explains how in his past, he had a drinking problem. This struggle lead him to believe that he was “saved” by God. His problems with drinking made his relationship with God much stronger. He started to become more active in church. For example, helping out with offering, teaching Sunday school, etc. His actions in church make him believe that everyone is responsible to share God’s words.
This film was very interesting to watch. It showed two characters, both similar and different in their own ways. They both found their relationship with God during adulthood but yet one is very confused and questionable while the other has such a strong love and belief for God. This made me realize that the word “religion” could have so many different meanings to each individual and could possibly affect how they live their life everyday.