Posts Tagged ‘conversation’

I see that people from five countries checked in on this blog in the last seven days.  But since Suzanne Collins’ series on The Hunger Games has now been translated into 26 languages, I feel pretty safe in saying this pretty broadly: “You and I have been hearing about The Hunger Games for quite awhile now.”

Here in Tulsa and all over the U.S., people are camped out waiting for the midnight premiere to begin.  What are they waiting to see?

  • A cultural event (ala Avatar, Twilight or the Lord of the Rings)?
  • A film about teenagers killing one another?
  • A new teen romance?
  • Something more?
As uncomfortable as I am with a movie that normalizes teens killing one another, this movie promises to provide some rich opportunity for important conversation.  (If you are going to this film just for the entertainment value, I really hope you will check yourself and reconsider!)

I want to call your attention to three websites have done a great job setting the table for us to “plunder Egypt” on this film.

The first is Julie Clawson’s blog with the great article found here:  http://julieclawson.com/2012/03/16/the-world-is-watching-the-hunger-games/

Julie’s insights are sharp.  To restate them in my own words,  I particularly appreciated her thought that this film event may create a unique opportunity to discuss oppression and and injustice in a context that has not been demagogued or dismissed yet.  I also enjoyed her highlighting the irony of making a film that fights against the exploitation of teens as objects while objectifying and exploiting the young teen movie stars of the film.  Julie has a book out on The Hunger Games and the Gospel.  I have not read it, but I’ll bet it is worth a look.

The second website is Seedbed.com.  Put together by Asbury Seminary, it promises to be an outstanding collection of blogs and posts.  J.D. Walt and others in the Seedbed Team have created a conversation guide for the Hunger Games ready for digital download.  It appears to be free.  Check it out here:   http://store.seedbed.com/products/hunger-games

This last one (from Relevant magazine) focuses on community and faith as possible discussion points.  http://www.relevantmagazine.com/culture/film/features/28682-let-the-hunger-games-begin

I’d love to hear your thoughts over the next couple of weeks as you engage with this film and with the young people in your sphere of influence.

A new year! You’ll get no romantic rhetoric from me today about clean slates….nor wistful nostalgia of a year gone by. But I am feeling introspective. Sorry about that. Maybe you should check back next time….

Two years ago, I had a blog. It was kind of like an on-line book club. We read a youth ministry book and discussed it online. Readership was high until I pruned my schedule and put the blog on hold.

For the past couple of months, I have run around in my miind in predictable circles. Should I restart my blog? Maybe. Am I being narcissistic? Probably. Do I have something genuinely helpful to offer? I think so. Do I read other’s blogs? Only a few. Who would want to read mine? Who knows?! Is my schedule any better this time around? No.

In the end, I have a core value that drives me. Passing the faith to the next generation is the job of the whole community of faith. Not in a superior, top-down kind of way. But in an intergenerational partnership to fulfill God purposes in our time. And while I wrestle with abiding and achieving (and yes, I do know which one Christ commanded), I am compelled to offer whatever I can, however I can, for as long as I can, to this end.

I have more questions than answers most of the time. I know that unsettles many who find security in answers and are threatened by questions. But if you are okay with questions….and conversation….and my idiosyncracies and blind spots….maybe we can learn from each other….and spur one another on!