In our culture that values ambition and success, the individual becomes a commodity or a statistic. Whether it is the academy or the hospital or the church, the personal needs of the individual can be lost in our race to greater status and growth. In this faith review of Patch Adams, you can discern these issues as the lead character challenges the impersonal structure of the medical establishment, so that we may recognize the worth and dignity of each person we encounter. The film is geared toward an adult audience, with themes of sickness and death, but can also be appropriate for discussion with high school youth.
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How might encountering the suffering of others bring us out of our isolated lives? How do we overcome hardships, including physical disability, in our lives together in community? In this faith review, you will discover these themes in the 2011 film, Dolphin Tale. Also included are several discussion questions, both general and from a theological/faith perspective.
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Seminary student Star Crawford provides this review of An Unfinished Life where grace and forgiveness and acceptance are found in the midst of brokenness and dysfunction. Click on the QRcode or scan it to open the review.
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Today’s post offers an embarrassment of riches as Union Presbyterian Seminary students Noe Juarez and Katie Todd offer both reviews of Whale Rider and theological conversation plans with young people. Click on the image to be taken to these four resources.
The Bucket List (2007)
Today’s post offers both a faith review of The Bucket List and a suggested way to use the film in theological conversation with an adult study group.
Click on the image to read Mason Todd’s review of The Bucket List.