Monday, December 21, 2015

Protestant church celebrates Star Wars with sci-fi Sunday service

By Associated Press
Vicars Lucas Ludewig and Ulrike Garve holding the church service centred on Star Wars. The theme for their sermons featured excerpts from Return of the Jedi. Photograph: Getty
A church in Berlin invited Star Wars fans to attend a special service on Sunday, themed on the sci-fi blockbuster, in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews. About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying lightsaber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion church on a Sunday. “Star Wars picks up religious images, including Christian images and maybe some from other religions,” said Ludewig. “In doing so, it shows that the Bible and the church are part of our culture that keeps being reworked and reinterpreted.”[link]

A churchgoer attends the service dressed as Darth Vader. Photograph: EPA