Posts Tagged ‘identity’

Clips and Lessons – Using Elf to Explore “Who Are You?”

Elf Who Are You

Welcome to the new rollout of Theology and Film.  We begin with our first program designed to be taught in the space of an hour or less.  We call these “Clips and Lessons.”  We begin by asking the question “Who Are You?”  Student Russ Pearson has put together this lesson for middle and high school students that helps us to learn that we are children of God, each with our own special and spiritual gifts.  As you check out the “Clips and Lessons,” take a moment to sign up for email notices of new postings.  Visit us at



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Off the Map

Off the Map (2005)

Union Presbyterian Seminary student Lisa Lewis-Jenkins finds Off the Map to be a compellingly beautiful film that can help people reflect on what it means to live an authentic life.

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Radio (2003)

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Union Presbyterian Seminary student Marty Simmons offers a review of Radio and suggests it offers of images of compassion and community with ‘the least of these’ in our society.

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Whale Rider

Whale Rider (2002)

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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.

Twilight Saga: New Moon


New Moon is part of the Twilight series of films and is wildly popular with teenage audiences.  Katie Todd, student at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, believes using this film with teenagers can help them think about the issues of identity.  Discussions with teenagers need to challenge  this  film’s  focus  on  identity  being wrapped up  in others, especially the men we are dating and  involved with.  In addition, talking about the film can encourage  youth  to  connect  the  theological  understanding  of  identity  as children of God with their lives and then challenge the film accordingly.

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