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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.
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.
Click on the image to go to Katie’s review and suggestions for theological discussion.
Forrest Gump (1994)
There are many theological themes present in Forrest Gump that could elicit good conversation. Click on the image to read Jeff Smith’s faith review and suggestions for conversation.