Every one of us has a story. Our lives are stories. And every story is littered with questions.


Twelve is a series of short films that listens to people tell their story. We are helped to see the world through their eyes, and helped to listen to their experience of God, the Church, and community. We also hear each person highlight a question that has remained with them throughout their life.


We hope you find these stories insightful and the questions within them challenging.


Below you will find more information on Twelve, and some helpful suggestions for watching it.

Twelve is unscripted and honest.

 

 

In these films, twelve people have shared about their lives, their relationship to faith and the church, and a specific question that has endured throughout that experience. It's vulnerable and real. And that's what makes it so compelling.

Film Based


Twelve is entirely film-based, and focuses on questions, not answers. Those are the two significant features about it. Much of what the church produces is - for better or worse - driven by text. Books, articles, sermons, notes. For many of us, these are valuable tools for going deeper in understanding who we are, and who God is. But for others, books are no longer a compelling means for reflection. We're more likely to watch a film than we are to read a book. And that's not a bad thing - it's simply where we are. Twelve reflects this.

Questions, Not Answers

Twelve also focuses on questions, rather than answers. Twelve doesn't try to deny that there are areas of life where we might want to take on a particular outlook. But it recognises that questions often don't have answers. This doesn't stop us thinking about them: with many questions we find that we are transformed as people simply by asking them and pondering them. Asking questions again and again that don't have easy answers may feel like going in circles. But in reality, with many questions, we are becoming deeper people the more we ask them. So we are perhaps travelling in a spiral, not a circle, after all.

It is a bold thing to acknowledge our unanswered questions from within the Christian faith. But it is also a transformative thing. These twelve characters show exactly how their questions come out of their experiences as Christians, and we can see how their questions have shaped their lives.

 

When watching Twelve, others have found the following suggestions helpful.

 

- It will be best to watch one, or maybe two, films per session. This will allow enough time to discuss each film in its own right. The important thing is to watch and listen to them carefully, letting their story enter into our own.

- You may want to watch each film more than once to make sure that you have heard what each person is sharing, and to make sure that you have heard their question clearly.


- For each film, you might want to ask the following questions:

What is your response to the story? did it make you think or feel anything in a new way?

For each character, the question they ask is a question that has persisted throughout their life. Do feel that the question they have asked in this film is also persistent for you? Or does is touch on another question you might regularly encounter?

How do you think this this particular question relates to how we think about God?

Does the Bible shape how we think about this question? If so, how?

 

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