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Faith Formation: Pop Culture

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech


100 Spiritual Movies to See Before You Die (Zukowski)     Always On: Practicing Faith in a New Media Landscape (Theology for the Life  of the World): Gorrell, Angela Williams: 9781540960092: Books     Are You Still Watching?: Using Pop Culture to Tune In, Find God, & Get Renewed for Another Season     Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected But Alone Generation  -     By: Andrew Zirschky     Big Brain Bible Games | Baker Publishing Group     Christmas on the Screen | Reviewing the Evolution of American Spirituality (Zukowski)     Fear Not!          God's Monsters: Vengeful Spirits, Deadly Angels, Hybrid Creatures, and Divine Hitmen of the Bible     The Gospel of Loneliness (Wolter)     Grace and Gigabytes: Being Church in a Tech-Shaped Culture     The Holy and the Hybrid: Navigating the Church's Digital Reformation     IRL: Finding Our Real Selves in a Digital World     Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and  Fractured a Nation: Kobes Du Mez, Kristin: 9781631495731: Books     Like Ability     The Living Dead     Lurking Under the Surface: Horror, Religion, and the Questions That Haunt Us     Momfluenced                  Poor Technology: Artificial Intelligence and the Experience of Poverty     BL_PsalmsOfMyPeople_Cover_9781506479026c          Through the Lens of Whiteness     Undercover Prophets     What Would Jesus See: Ways of Looking at a Disorienting World

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

Loneliness, Vulnerability, and the Search for Connection

Springtide Research discusses Netflix’s Queer Eye, Season 7, Episode 1: “Queer Eye for the Lambda Chi!” This discussion centers on the episode’s focus on vulnerability and listening for young men, and expands into an examination of how vulnerability and relationship go hand in hand with young people’s spiritual and religious experiences.

Access the panel here.


Interfaith PanelDrawing from the spiritual and religious themes in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s cherished novel Are you There, God? It’s Me, MargaretSpringtide Research's interfaith panel of reverends and rabbis takes a closer look into the film, commenting on the timeless lessons we can learn from Margaret, offering advice to parents facing their own religious trauma, and sharing how to guide young people who are exploring their religious and spiritual identities amid different faith journeys.

Watch now.

Wakanda Forever” offers a beautiful and unsatisfying story

The new “Black Panther” movie tells the stories of grief and White supremacy without offering easy answers. The result was a story that was real and sometimes unsettling, writes Brooke Scott. (This article includes discussion questions.)


NZXdr4xhGJ6ZqGUBBPszta-1200-80The Good Game – Reaching Gamers

by Justin Bowers; CYMT

Helping teens resist oppression online by Rev. Dana Neuhauser, racial justice organizer for the Minnesota Annual Conference UMC

Celebrating All Saints and All Souls with Pixar by ; we can now add Soul to the list of excellent movies to share and explore.

Trainings & Webinars

Urbanization and Its Impact on Youth Culture with Efrem Smith

Urban culture in its various forms is impacting youth culture as a whole. Through urbanization, suburbs are becoming more like cities and rural areas like suburbs. Through social media, hip hop culture and multi-ethnicity is having a tremendous influence as well. 

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In Our Library - Children

God and Goodnight Moon | Finding Spirituality in Storybooks for Children     Image 1     Listening for God: Contemporary Literature and the Life of Faith, Volume 1  -     Edited By: Paula J. Carlson, Peter S. Hawkins    By: Paula Carlson     

Children Learn What They Read: Seeing the Presence of God through Selected Storybooks

In Our Library - Adults

Coffee with Jesus     God in the Movies eBook by - 9781493410590 | Rakuten Kobo United States     main product photo     Movies Are Prayers     Paperback The Sacred Foodways of Film Book