‘Globalized Soul’ at JCCC

Filmmaker Cynthia Lukas brings her documentary “Globalized Soul” to Johnson County Community College for a special showing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, followed by a panel discussion on religion and peace initiatives. 

“Globalized Soul: Stories from the Tipping Point to a New World” was filmed on five continents and begins at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia. The piece then follows the lives of spiritual and religious leaders, ending in a rare Abrahamic reunion of Jews, Christian and Muslims in Nazareth. 

The film will be screened in Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. At the film’s end, Lukas will answer questions from the audience and sit with a panel of local spiritual leaders and scholars to discuss religion and the pursuit of peace in a globalized society. 

“I think we all realize that we live in a globalized society, that we are all alike in more ways than we are different, and that is the unifying message,” Lukas said. 

The film includes commentary from Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Sister Joan Chittister and Rev. James Trapp, among others. The accompanying music is by Enya, Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass. 

Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. 

Lukas will be visiting JCCC as part of the college’s scholar-in-residence program. In addition to the screening, she will be honored at a 6:30 p.m. reception Sept. 18 in the atrium of the Regnier Center, and she’ll visit various JCCC classes on Sept. 19. 

Dennis Arjo, professor and chair of the philosophy and religion department, said Lukas’ visit will help students and community members explore the diversity of religions and cultures throughout the world. 

“The film has broad appeal, and is very visually engaging. And it’s a nice way to explore significant questions in an immediate way,” Arjo said. “The approach is very ecumenical, discussing how religions overlap and how they can cooperate. It’s definitely not divisive.” 

“Globalized Soul” was chosen as the featured film for the 30th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace, and since then, its been screened at various interfaith conferences, colleges and universities.