Film and Discussion:
Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times


Thursday May 12, 7:00pm
Park Avenue Community Center

The Rotary Club of Swarthmore invites the community to a free screening of this 2021 documentary featuring Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local faith leaders. No registration required. Doors open at 6:30, and seating is first come, first served. Park Avenue Community Center (PAC), 129 Park Avenue, Swarthmore.

Deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny, Mission: JOY is a documentary highlighting the unlikely friendship between two international icons who transcend religion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In their final joint mission, these self-described mischievous brothers give a master class in how to create joy in a world that was never easy for them.

The film consists largely of never-before-seen footage shot over 5 days at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala. Viewers join these luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives, each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife. With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, the two friends impart lessons gleaned from lived experience, ancient traditions, and the latest cutting-edge science regarding how to live with joy in the face of all of life’s challenges, from the extraordinary to the mundane.

The screening on May 12th at the PAC Center begins at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, Rev. Dr. Lydia E. Muñoz, and Rabbi Linda Potemken. No registration is required, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, this event is free of charge and is intended to raise awareness for First Place Swarthmore, an initiative to provide short-term housing to refugees arriving in our region. Representatives of First Place Swarthmore will be on hand at the PAC Center to sell popcorn and other refreshments and to accept voluntary donations.

Swarthmore Rotary President Kathryn Jones, M.D. explains, “Our Rotary International motto is, ‘service above self’. This screening of Mission: JOY is intended as a service to our community, because we can all use a little more joy in our lives. When we learned about First Place Swarthmore, our club members saw an opportunity to collaborate with neighbors helping people in need. We hope folks will enjoy the film and be encouraged to support First Place Swarthmore.”

The film Mission: JOY is suitable for a wide audience, including mature teens. However, it contains archival footage from Tibet and South Africa that may be disturbing to young viewers. Parents are asked to exercise discretion. Note that the PAC Center requires face masks be worn indoors, except when eating or drinking.


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Rotary Club of Swarthmore PA.

Swarthmore Pennsylvania is located in Delaware County 20 minutes west of Philadelphia. The Rotary Club of Swarthmore was chartered on April 26, 1937 and has been serving the local community and communities around the world for over 75 years.

The Rotary Club of Swarthmore is one of approximately 33,417 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries around the world. We currently have approximately 50 members who live the motto: “Service Above Self”.

What do we do?

Our mission is to provide Service to others, promote integrity in our personal and professional lives, and advance understanding, goodwill and peace throughout the world. We do this through our actions and and the causes we support.

Through membership involvement in our Club Committees and initiatives we work to strengthen the fabric of our communities as well as other communities locally and around the World. From promoting literacy through tutoring and donating books, to installing water purification systems in Belize to Solar Panels in Africa to providing much needed supplies to flood victims in Eastern Pennsylvania, we strive to strengthen the fabric of our communities.

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Service Quotation

“He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”


Speakers & Events

Please Note

As we transition to in-person meetings, the first 2 meetings each month will be virtual on Zoom, and the remaining meetings will be in-person at the Inn.

Apr 28th – In-Person at the Inn

Melissa Lyons,
Director, Public Health Director, Del. County Health Department

May 5th – Zoom Meeting
Adrienne Benally,
Professor of Environmental Studies, Swarthmore College

May 12th – Zoom Meeting
Susie O’Donnell, SEAC, and Jennifer Pennington, Horticultural Society President
Home Eco-Audits: Restoring Wildlife habitat one backyard at a time

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