George Mason and Cinema Arts Theatre Team up to Present Passion Dialogue

Posted: March 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax and George Mason will host a panel discussion of Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ after the 7:30 p.m. showing on Wednesday, March 10, at the theater.

The discussion, led by faculty from Mason’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), will focus on why there is such a strong upsurge of religious zeal and controversy in the United States surrounding the film, says Jim Tomashoff, co-owner of the theater.

Richard Rubenstein, professor of conflict resolution and public affairs at ICAR, will moderate the dialogue, which will include brief presentations from panelists followed by audience questions and comments. Other scheduled panelists are Marc Gopin, ICAR faculty member and director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict; the Rev. Paul Abernathy, rector of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.; Rev. Christopher Pollard of St.

Agnes Catholic Church, Arlington; and Janice Sienkiewicz, coordinator for admissions and community life at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Tickets are on sale at the theater box office, which is in Fair City Mall off Main Street. Prices are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors and students with an ID. For more information, call 703-978-6991 or visit

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