Catholic Faith Formation and Education

Neighbor (JH, HS, ADULT)
This video brings to life the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37); and features a young multicultural cast, stunning cinematography, and an original musical score. It was produced with younger, media-oriented viewers in mind. Many teenagers and young adults will be able to relate to a parable that reflects hostilities rooted in social boundaries and stereotypes. The contemporary settings encourage viewers to separate the parable from its historical context and see in its powerful message an antidote to the problems and attitudes that provoke conflicts today.

Spiritual Homepage Forgiveness (HS, ADULT)
This video is a thoughtful starting point for spiritual searchers. Like the Internet, this video brings together a wide selection of perspectives on the topic of forgiveness. It features the Jim Brady story.

Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives On Domestic Violence, Parts 1&2 (ADULT)
This documentary is intended for clergy, congregations, religious educators, counselors, and staff of battered women's programs. It focuses on understanding the dynamics of domestic violence; supporting individuals experiencing domestic violence through the cooperation of religious and secular communities; and developing programs for the prevention of domestic violence. PART I (37 min.) addresses the various aspects of the problems and situations of battered women; PART II (22 min.) discusses possible clergy and congregation responses to these problems. Stories of 6 formerly battered women from Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Christian backgrounds are presented. Interviews with rabbis, priests, pastors, shelter workers, psychologists, and secular professionals are featured. Two separate study sessions are recommended for viewers.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 1 (ADULT)
This is the introduction/overview video for this series. The purpose of this comprehensive educational resource is to help parents and caregivers, teens and children examine media violence, find alternatives to violent entertainment, identify links between violence on screen and on the street, and introduce skills of media advocacy. PARENT/CAREGIVER UNIT (Part 2) -7 group sessions, 4 video segments, 22 handouts; offers 90-min. "Town Hall" presentation and overview plus key concepts and strategies for action, take-home tip sheets, and checklists to help reduce viewing of media violence at home. TEEN/ADULT UNIT (Part 2) -7 sessions, 4 video segments, 11 handouts; explores violence in sports, local news, music videos & movies; includes action & advocacy activities. ELEMENTARY (Grades 4&5) and MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 6-8) UNIT (Part 3) -8 lessons, 8 video segments, 17 worksheets; explores the consequences of media violence & challenges media's heroes/heroines.

When You Preach...Remember Me (Spouse Abuse) (ADULT)
This video is designed as a discussion starter. Along with a guide, the video raises consciousness about how preaching can help break the cycle of domestic violence.

Where There is Hatred (HS, ADULT)
Events in the world have shown that non-violence means much more than turning the other cheek. From Chile to the Philippines, from Palestine to Eastern Europe, people have forced major changes using the tactics of non-violence. This video is a dramatic witness to the power of the people who use non-violence as an effective strategy for peacemaking. It looks at both the moral and practical aspects of this strategy and suggests its application to turn societies around.

Domestic Violence - Challenge to the Courts (ADULT)
This is the Keynote Speech at the Symposium on Domestic Abuse on October 22, 1993. Sarah Buell, Esq., discusses the influences, situations, and reasons which create both abusers and victims in domestic violence settings. How does our society perpetuate these influences/situations? How can we address domestic violence constructively as individuals and as a society?

Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence in our Society: The Church's Response (ADULT)
What can Church/parish leaders do in support of women in domestic violence situations? How can the Church let the victims of domestic violence and abuse know their cries have been heard? How can parishes be made safe places for the victims?

Heroes of Faith (HS, ADULT)
This video consists of 11 inspiring profiles (2-9 min. each) of extraordinary Christians: Fr. Lawrence Martin Jenco (hostage in Lebanon), Fr. Tom Takahashi (held in U.S. internment camp during WWII), Orel Hersheiser (major league baseball pitcher), Fred Rogers (TV's Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), Flannery O'Connor (20th century author), Dave Brubeck (jazz musician), Natzih Rizk (a blind photographer), St. Francis of Assisi (poverty and simplicity serve as example to world), Jean Donovan (El Salvador martyr), Dorothy Day (founder of Catholic Worker Movement), and Martin Luther King, Jr. (non-violent civil rights activist).

On the Air: I Am Not Angry (HS)
In this video, you will experience real-life stories, humor and the dynamic Neil McClendon as he addresses critical issues teenagers face every day. In this episode of "On the Air," you will learn how your anger can affect you and what you can do about it. It is a good discussion starter for teenagers.

Relationships: Knowing the Good from the Bad (HS, ADULT)
This video challenges students to consider the quality of their relationships and helps them to be aware of their ability and right to make healthy choices. It has several role play situations in which ordinary teenagers are asked to dramatize common interactions in adolescence: concern for troubled friends, pressure to engage in criminal activity, report cards, dating and sex. The Teacher's Guide includes a lecture outline, worksheets, and self-assessment surveys to be used either before or after the viewings.

Violence and the Family: Kids Talking to Kids About Violence (JH, HS)
This video is a must for any kid affected by violence at school or in the neighborhood. It will teach kids non-violent ways to handle conflict. Kids will discover how to create positive peer pressure as they influence each other to do the right thing. Through role plays, interviews and dramatizations, kids will gain concrete skills to effectively face conflict in the hallway, on the playing field, in the parking lot, at parties, in the classroom, to and from school, and in their own neighborhoods. Hosted by Darrin Fleming, with special guests Chris Zorich of the Chicago Bears and Linda Lantieri, Director of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program National Center.

Violence and the Family: Media Violence and the Family: Finding Solutions (ADULT)
Learn how to view television violence from a child's perspective and uncover the effects of media violence on kids. Discover how children's interpretation of television violence significantly differs according to the youngster's age. Join Dr. George Gerbner, America's foremost communication scholar, and other national experts for cutting edge ideas about this issue. Hosted by Mike Collins, with James Collins, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Theatre, University of Notre Dame and Judith-Walls, Ph.D., Professor of Child Development, Purdue University.

Violence and the Family: Stop Arguing! How to Resolve Conflict in the Family (ADULT)
Impossible to avoid, conflict is an opportunity for growth if we learn to trust ourselves. Seeing conflict as a positive sign often requires a complete shift in our perceptions. This program empowers family members to work through conflict. You will learn powerful skills to manage and resolve conflict. You will also discover the common traps to unresolved conflict: becoming paralyzed by fear, being unwilling to meet the challenge of handling your own power or the force of someone else's power, personalizing conflict, and trying to avoid or accommodate conflict. Hosted by Mike Collins, with Anthony L. Berardi, Ph.D., Psychologist; Helen D. Pratt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development, and Mary C. Roemer, M.A., CAC, Therapist.

Violence Unveiled: The Gospel at Work in History (ADULT)
Gil Bailie and Richard Rohr engage in a lively discussion about our cultural, spiritual and moral crisis and the importance of the Christian Gospels in understanding and responding to it. Using Gil Bailie's recent book, Violence Unveiled, as the focus, these videos highlight talks by Bailie on the book's central themes, with commentary by Richard Rohr. These ideas are brought to life with the insight, humor and spiritual depth characteristic of these two well-respected and inspiring teachers. This set of four videos is a wonderful resource for group or individual study, providing a wealth of material for stimulating meaningful group discussion or for deepening individual spiritual exploration. Presented in clear, easy to understand language, these videos introduce you to one of today's most exciting discussions about the Cross and how it has changed the course of history.

Faithful Revolution: Video 4 - A World Transformed (ADULT)
This series gives us a better understanding of Vatican II. This video looks at: the laity, marriage, birth control, and polarization in the Church; and the 60s, nuclear weapons, war, civil disobedience, Vietnam, and the Civil Rights Movement. It highlights controversial issues.

Raising Children In A Violent World (ADULT)
Dr. Kathleen O'Connell Chesto cuts straight to the heart of the problem of the over dominance of violence in our society and offers very practical advice on how to counteract this trend within our own hearts and families. Perfect for those preparing for marriage, parents of young families, and educators, Chesto's video brings to light the roots of violence. Tracing the pattern of infant/child development, she shows parents what children are indeed capable of learning and what is most important to emphasize at different age levels. She also explains how easy it is for parents to follow popular, seemingly harmless societal trends that can actually breed violence. Best of all, Chesto's advice is doable and not complicated. She calls on parents to evaluate their lives and make choices that are indeed in the best interest of their children and of society as a whole.

Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence In The Media--Part 3 (Emementary Grades 4-6, JH)
Beyond the blame…beyond the debate are human beings--children, young people and adults of all ages--who are bombarded daily with violent images in the media and in popular culture. These videos provide a practical and positive program to counter the proliferation of media violence in our time. In classes and courses, after-school programs and parent workshops, individuals of all ages can learn important skills for reducing their exposure to media violence along with challenging its growing presence in our culture. The two videos are: Video B consisting of 8 segments for elementary grades 4 and 5, and Video C consisting of 8 segments for middle school grades 6 to 8.

As Tough As Necessary: A Discipline With Dignity Approach (ADULT)
Learn how to prevent and de-escalate aggressive, hostile, and violent behavior in the classroom with a number of valuable techniques for coping with difficult student behavior. This four-video set and accompanying leader's guide provides: a six-step process for diffusing potentially explosive power struggles, effective interventions for resolving confrontations between students, two approaches for successfully reintegrating students back into the classroom following their removal; and five suggestions for effectively intervening with an aggressive group of students.

Blessed Are The Peacemakers (HS, ADULT)
This video presents communities in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Appleton, Wisconsin where individuals are taking action to stop violence in their communities.

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (HS, ADULT)
What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life. The Nazis hangedhim on April 9, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war. Bonhoeffer's last years, his participation on the German resistance and his moral lstruggle are dramatized in this film. More than just a biographical portrait, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace sheds light on the little-known efforts of the German resistance. It brings to a wide audience a heroic rebellion of Bonhoeffer, a highly regarded Lutheran minister who could have kept his peace and saved his life on several occasions but instead paid the ultimate price for his beliefs. Color/close-captioned.

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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult

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