Posts tagged: Movies

Spiritual Leadership with Kung Fu Panda 4

The Kung Fu Panda movies are some of my kids' favorites. Together, we have watched Po grow from a noodle maker into a…

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When Kids See Life as a Quest

My son jumped excitedly from foot to foot as he waited impatiently for the clock to strike midnight. Our local…

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Managing Fears with Migration

When my daughter was little, she watched a movie where the mother died.  Afterward, she would become upset every time…

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Dreaming with Wonka

When my eldest was two, she asked if there would be “little meats” for Christmas. I was puzzled and tried…

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Making Religious Meaning with Journey to Bethlehem

During the month of December, many Christian families retell the biblical Christmas story as part of their holiday…

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Imagining a Better World with Wish

“Why do bad things happen?” asks my son. That question is hard enough to answer, but he doesn’t stop there.  He…

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Exploring Family Relationships with Trolls Band Together

Movies and commercials often highlight traditional families and focus on the joys of being together. But real families…

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Exploring Community with The Eras Tour Movie

Moviegoers are sporting a special look this fall. Glittery shirts and jackets. Purple jerseys with the number 13 on the…

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Exploring Teamwork with Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie

Preparing for a family get-together, I gave each child a different job. My youngest collected cups and my third…

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Spirituality

My kids used to grab paper and pens and create their own comics. Their scratchy designs would tell stories about their…

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Barbie Spirituality

Outside the movie theater, two young girls are pointing at all the people wearing pink. A group of women observe,…

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Exploring Elemental with Kids

A few days ago, one of my children wanted breakfast for dinner, while another preferred Indian. The first argued that…

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Exploring Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

The new Spider-Man movie, Across the Spider-Verse, is visually stunning, with different graphics for each universe. The…

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Exploring Spirituality with The Little Mermaid

Children have long loved Ariel, the star of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, because of her determination to live her…

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Exploring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 with Kids

Marvel’s newest release, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, focuses on Rocket’s origin story as Groot, Mantis, Drax,…

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Super Mario Spirituality

The Super Mario Bros. Movie begins with the Nintendo game’s familiar theme music, a siren call to multiple…

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Avatar Spirituality

Avatar: The Way of Water continues the story of Jake, Neytiri, and their children. For many years, they have lived…

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Wakanda Spirituality

How do you create a Black Panther sequel without the Black Panther? Chadwick Boseman’s death made it difficult for my…

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Reflecting on Lyle, Lyle Crocodile with Kids

Lyle, Lyle Crocodile offers several big songs and dance scenes that will engage and excite young moviegoers. But…

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Exploring Gods & Grief with Thor: Love and Thunder

My family rarely misses a Marvel movie, and the new Thor: Love and Thunder is no exception. In his typical oblivious…

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Exploring Power & Perseverance with Minions: The Rise of Gru

The new Minions movie has much of the silliness you expect from the Despicable Me franchise.  We watch as young Gru…

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Exploring Lightyear with Children

As long time fans of Toy Story, my children were excited to learn Buzz’s backstory. They watched as Buzz and Alesha…

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Celebrating Self-Discovery

As the regular school year draws to a close, many extracurricular programs also pause for the summer. Teachers and…

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Spiritual Reflection with Turning Red

Pixar’s newest release is a coming-of-age story about a Chinese Canadian girl accepting both her changing body and…

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Reflecting with Spiderman: No Way Home

When my oldest child was 4, he begged to have his face painted as Spiderman. But when he saw his new face in the…

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Spiritual Reflection with Encanto

Encanto, Disney’s newest animated feature, tells the story of an extraordinary family. Once upon a time, Abuela…

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Reflecting on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

During quarantine, my family watched all of the Marvel movies in chronological order.  It was one of the few series…

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Exploring Life & Death with Soul

Pixar movies are beloved by both children and adults for their creative stories, well-developed characters, and…

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