Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Gospel according to Buffy?

I know Buffy has her devoted followers, but this upcoming series in Macon seems to take that to a whole new level.

Coming up at St. Francis Episcopal Church will be "The Gospel According to Buffy the Vampire Slayer," a series of adult education classes revolving around the rather fantastic series and its waif-thin heroine. For anyone in Macon or the surrounding area who wants to come, the sessions will be at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, beginning Sept. 14 and running through Oct. 26, with, of course, a wrapup session on All Hallows Eve.

I don't know about you, but to me this sounds liks just plain fun. Buffy worship may be way beyond the norm of human behavior, but as a model for studying right and wrong you could certainly do worse, especially since, despite her superpowers, our heroine often made astoundingly bad choices.

Each session will feature the viewing of one full episode, followed by a group discussion. An inside source tells me the first will be that freaky one in season six where Buffy gets thrown for a mindtrip by the evil geeks and ends up thinking she's in a mental institution and has invented the whole slayer thing in her mind. A great place to start the discussion, I would say. In case you need any more incentive, those of you who are old enough will be able to buy a beer, and there will a dedicated blog for those who want to keep the talk going on into the night.

The church is located at 432 Forest Hill Road. For more information, contact buffy@stfrancismacon.com.

Buffy and beer? Man do those Episcopalians know how to throw a party.

21 comments:

jeremy said...

It gets even fanatical-er than you ever imagined.

Reel Fanatic said...

You're right Jeremy ... I will admit to having all the seasons on DVD, but I'd never go quite that far!

carrie_lofty said...

A few Episcopalian churches in NJ specialize in the gospel according to U2 - lyrics quotes in reference to the Bible, audio clips. I would SO join up for that.

Reel Fanatic said...

That seems to make a little more sense, Salome, especially since Bono does often seem to act like he thinks he's Jesus

Mercurie said...

Too bad I'm nowhere near Georgia. It sounds like it could be interesting nonetheless, although I must admit that I've never had much taste for beer (Jack Daniels has always been my drink of choice). (-:

Reel Fanatic said...

Well, Mercurie, the Episcopalians don't seem to be too much of sticklers for the rules, so perhaps you could slip a little in to mix with your Coca Cola

themarina said...

Oh my! This is awesome! I wonder if the Vancouver Buffy Fans could swing something like this...it would be great fun!

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Alanna said...

A-maz-ing. I remember there used to be Buffy academic conferences when the show was still on the air - in fact, a professor at my alma mater was a frequent attendee. I've been revisiting Buffy via Tivo'ed reruns on FX... sigh. How I miss it.

Reel Fanatic said...

As do I, Alanna .. I definitely plan to go at least one of these sessions (though I'm not a member of the church)

Kiyotoe said...

Awwww man! It's so so so difficult as a 30 year old grown man to admit to my Buffy addiction. My 22 year old "little" brother and I never missed an episode and the same with "Angel".

What makes matters worse is that i'm right here in Atlanta and was just in Macon a week ago but can't make it back down there for this momentous event.

Oh well.......

Lori said...

Wow. Now there's a good way to get folks to go to church.

Reel Fanatic said...

There's no shame in that, Kiyotoe . or, to put it another way, there mey be, but if so. I'm definitely right there with you!

J.D. said...

I wonder if they'll cover the episode where Buffy and Spike get it on

Reel Fanatic said...

That would certainly raise some issues, J.D., but somehow I think that might just be off limits

tony123 said...

St. Francis actually DID do the U2 service last year. Thanks for posting about this. My wife and I watched the entire Buffy series on Netflix last summer and loved it. Too bad we likely won't be able to make the class.

Reel Fanatic said...

i'm glad to help as much as i can, Tony .. there will also be a story, I believee in this Saturday's Telegraph by Rodney Manley, so check that out too .. hope it makes for a big turnout!

Derek said...

Damn. I might entertain the idea of driving up for that, but the beer kinda throws off the return drive.

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