May the beauty of the Lord our God rest upon us.

- Psalm 90


Director: Robert Zemeckis
Year: July 1997
Plot Outline: Dr. Eleanor (Ellie) Arroway, played by Jodie Foster, has spent her life searching for truth through science. When Ellie discovers a message from extraterrestrial intelligence, she risks her career and life in order to build a machine to make contact with a world outside her own.
Scene: Travelling inside the machine that science has built, Dr. Arroway finds herself on a journey that challenges her assumptions and beliefs.

American Beauty
Director: Sam Mendes
Year: Oct. 1999
Plot Outline: In the midst of a father’s midlife crisis, members of a suburban family wrestle with their own failings and frustrations.
Scene: The daughter, Jane, has begun a tentative friendship with her brooding next door neighbor Ricky. He invites her over to her his home where she encounters another suburban family where each member has a unique understanding of beauty.


Artist: India Arie
Album: Acoustic Soul
Label: Motown, 2001
Overview: India Arie’s soulful, R&B sound captures how we are drawn to what is beautiful.



What we notice

Questions for reflection


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