Clips and Lessons – Brave
“Finding our path”
Topic for Conversation: Merida has her life mapped out for her, much to her dismay. She seeks to be free and follow her own path. Her path is full of joy, adventure, and love. As teenagers, you are faced with similar trials. Parents tell you what to do, others tell you how to act, and the Church tells you how to behave. As Christians, we are called to follow the path God has given us, which leads us to freedom from trying to be someone we are not.
Age group/intended group for discussion: Middle School or High School Youth
Time frame: 45 minutes
Film (Title, year, director, availability – sources and formats): Brave, 2012, Mark Andrews, DVD, Blue Ray, Netflix DVD
Scene(s) to use: Chapter 2 “Merida”: 4:25-9:16
Description of scene(s): In this scene we are introduced to an older Merida who is pressured by her mother to strive for perfection. While she learns the customs and practices of being a queen she also has small chances to go and be herself. At the end of the clip she goes with her horse on an adventure where she is free.
How to set up clip viewing: “Brave” is the story of Merida, a Scottish princess. This first clip shows the expectations she must face in her life and the struggles she has.
Questions to ask group before watching clip:
1. What are some things Merida must endure to be a princess?
2. What type of pressure does her Mother place on her?
3. Where does Merida’s true joy lie?
4. How does she balance her life?
View the clip: Chapter 2 “Merida”: 4:25-9:16
Theological conversation after viewing:
1. Ask youth to respond to the questions you asked before watching the clip.
2. Give each youth a note card and a pen. Tell them to write down all the expectations their family puts on them on one side. On the backside tell them to write out their own expectations they have for themselves.
3. Read Psalm 119:105 to the group: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
4. What are some ways you think God guides you?
5. What are some expectations God has for you?
6. What are some ways we can understand what God wants us to do?
7. Read 1 Timothy 4:12 to the group: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity”
8. As a teenager, how can you set an example for others in the Church?
9. Split youth into 4 groups. Give them one example from 1 Timothy and tell them to come up with a modern example of how they can accomplish this.
A. Speech and Conduct
10. Let groups share with everyone.
Close the session: Gather in a circle and close in this prayer:
“God you are our guide. When we feel life bearing down on us and pressured to please everyone, remind us who we are. We are your chosen people and you are our guide, our light, our encouragement, and our biggest fan. Let us follow you in all we do and find joy in doing so. Amen.”