Posts Tagged ‘Friendship’

Clips and Lessons – The Least of These: Using Clips from Radio

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How do we reach “the least of these” — those who are poor and dispossessed, broken and weary, confused and depressed? What does it look like when we reach outside of our own private worlds and enter the world of another — perhaps a darker world than we are accustomed to? In this lesson designed for youth groups, the class leader will facilitate discussion and activities around this theme, using clips from the film, Radio.


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American Beauty

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This film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1999.  This film can be somewhat difficult to watch as it has the same effect as the awkward feeling one experiences when a couple argues loudly during a dinner party at their house. It is real. It is uncomfortable.  But reviewer John Elam thinks it is worth your time!

Stolen Summer

Stolen Summer (2002)

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Written and directed by first time Pete Jones, this film tells the story of a young Catholic boy who tries to convert a Jewish friend so that he can get into heaven.  Union Presbyterian Seminary student Frank Cunningham offers his perspective on this 2002 film.

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Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia (2009)

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This film would be a great conversation starter with a variety of groups focused on several themes, including redemption, the sacramental quality of food, individual journeys, unhappiness at work, and the importance of doing something you love (even if it isn’t your job).

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Ratatouille (2007)

What can a rat teach us about using our gifts, welcoming the ‘outsider’ and considering how we treat those who we think don’t belong in the same places we do?  This wonderfully-animated feature film might help you think about these questions.

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