GREETINGS and WELCOME to THEOLOGY AND FILM
This site represents the work of students, faculty and staff involved in graduate theological education at Union Presbyterian Seminary (formerly Union Theological Seminary – Presbyterian School of Christian Education) (UPSem) with campuses in Charlotte, NC and Richmond, VA.
The resources shared on these pages had their genesis in the class entitled “Film and Theology” taught by Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg on the Charlotte campus. The material took shape as students in the course used what they had learned to craft learning resources that could be used in the church. This site contains the works of the students and faculty and should serve as a rich resource for those involved in educational ministry in the church. Continuing support and assistance for this blog comes Additional assistance and support has been provided by the staff at the William Smith Morton Library on the Richmond campus and the fine folk at VISUAL PARABLES. Please visit their websites by clicking on the links and logo.
Visual Parables was started by Edward McNulty in 1990 as a monthly newsletter to alert fellow pastors about must-see movies. The newsletter grew into a magazine and later a website designed to equip church leaders to engage film and use it in preaching and teaching by means of reviews of theatrical, cable TV and video films; film discussion guides; a devotional column; a column linking film scenes to the Common Lectionary; and many other features exploring film, theology and the church. As a guide for film content that might be objectionable we offer our unscientific assessment of the content of a film in regards to Violence (V), Language (L), and Sex/Nudity is measured on a scale from 0 (None) to 10 (Highest). It is intended to give viewers some idea as to why a film is rated R, PG-13, PG, or G.
The Current Movies section of the site features the latest reviews. Updated quarterly, the site includes reviews with pictures, Lectionary Links, reviews of short DVDs, Praying the Movies, and Doug Sweets column on DVDs and film books. A new feature will be added, Film Capsules, which will include short reviews suitable for free use in the newsletters of churches and organizations subscribing to Visual Parables. The Year-end Annual includes reviews of the years most significant films, the index for the year, and possibly program articles. This is available online and is a part of the online subscription. It is also available on disk or in print, depending on readers’ interest and subscription level.
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This web-blog was designed and created with the assistance of:
Frank Cunningham (Cohort of 2008)