Lesson Plan – Spotlight (2015)

Spotlight was the winner of the 2016 Academy Award for best film. It deals explicitly with ETHICAL issues. For example: How should our media handle stories involving the church? Ethically, how do we in the church, handle situations of potential abuse toward children? What is our responsibility to the victims of abuse?

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“Crisis Hotline” (2015) – Lesson Plan




Suicide among our military veterans is a serious ongoing problem.  This award winning documentary takes us inside the world of a counseling hotline for veterans.

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Lesson Plan–Divergent: Insurgent (2015)


Samaritans and “The Factionless”–what do these topics have to do with the 2015 movie Insurgent? Perhaps the story in this film can help us better understand Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s gospel. This weekend retreat lesson plan for young adults or youth invites participants to explore what divides us and how we can better live into God’s call for a factionless world.

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Lesson Plan: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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Gather the whole church family together for a four-hour, inter-generational program that gives everyone a chance to experience both the 2009 movie Where the Wild Things Are and Maurice Sendak’s classic book of the same title.  Discussion questions invite all ages to reflect on how feelings of loneliness and isolation affect all ages and all people.  Why does Max leave the wild things at the end? Why not stay where he is king?

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Gathered at the Table: a Weekend Movie Retreat

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This retreat lesson plan invites Christian adults to view three classic films together and consider selected Biblical and theological texts to help the group think about, and experience, being a Christian community. The retreat experience especially engages participants to think about the role of table gathering and sharing of food in Christian tradition, theology and liturgy. What happens at the table when the group is gathered to eat?

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Rev. Tom LaBonte, Rev. Mason Todd, Rev. John Elam, Elizabeth Sigmon, Star Crawford, Rev. Jeff Smith, Rev. Noe Juarez, Erin Mills, Katie Todd, Kelly Hames, Russ Pearson, Kathy Sharp, Lisa Lewis-Jenkins, Newton Cowan, Andy Blackwelder, Kim Lee, Inger Manchester, Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Jonathan Davis, Holly Frisk, Rev. Bob Tuttle, Donna Fair, Jana Creighton, Marty Simmons, Frank Cunningham, Tommy Holderness, Katherine Lamb, Megan Argabrite, Ken Fuquay, Mark Moss, Mary Anne Welch