For many students, the transitional stage of “middle school” is clearly rigged for an optimum amount of social awkwardness and humiliation! In this film review by Jeff Smith, you will get an overview of these ordeals as found in the 2010 film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Included are discussion topics related to the movie’s themes: popularity, friendship, bullying, identity, and so forth.
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Struggling to pursue the gifts that God has given you? Facing opposition from family and the expectations of class and culture? Explore these themes through the 2000 film, Billy Elliot, the story of a boy pursuing his gift of dancing. Included at the end of the review are conversation starters and theological topics.
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How does our search for a meaningful and enriched life intersect with our search for God? In this film review by Jana Creighton, you will discover a number of theological themes throughout the 2010 film, Eat Pray Love, related to a woman’s quest for an integrated physical and spiritual life. There are several possible conversation starters included.
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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 www.upsem.edu/theologyandfilm/
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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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