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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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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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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Try using this classic in the spring instead of at Christmas, and see it in a fresh way. Originally intended by Frank Capra to be a summer release for families, It’s a Wonderful Life only later became known as a Christmas story. In this lesson plan, participants reflect on what it means to be “rich” and study a variety of people and passages in Scripture such as Joseph of Arimathea, Boaz, Zacchaeus, Old Testament patriarchs, and the rich ruler in Luke 18. Participants are encouraged to expand and extend their concept of what it means to be rich. What do we learn from George Bailey, the “richest” man in town?
In this Woody Allen film, Gil makes midnight time-travel trips to the 1920’s where he meets his literary and artistic heroes–T.S. Eliot, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Fitzgerald, Matisse and Dali, etc. What can these people, and these trips, teach him? What does his longing for the past say about his identity? Watch this movie and consider how one expert filmmaker explores the relationship between nostalgia and the romantic imagination.