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When I watch films for review I am attracted by two elements: relationships and mystery. Relationships between people, communities, or nations in this universe and beyond, or a mixture of any and all. The conflicts that provide the drama and drive the action can be resolved in so many ways but I am always looking at the human struggle and the human and Gospel values that underpin the resolution of the conflict or the denouement.I am always looking for grace – for the characters and for m … [Read more...]

Dexter, theology, the Bible and Christ-like non-violence

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I wondered on Facebook about Dexter's theology in last night's episode (season premiere) as well as all last year - which I missed (by choice). But for some unexamined reason I am drawn to Dexters murderous psychopathology. Given that I recently took a vow of non-violence I am thinking in expanded ways about what I watch. One of my nieces responded to my query about Dexter's theology with a link to this excellent article "Dexter's Theology: Shedding Blood in God's Name". The author, Christian … [Read more...]

Sister Rose’s blog reaches 500,000 hits today

Since I moved my blog to Wordpress on October 5, 2008 I never dreamed of 500.000 hits or page views. In this day of YouTube videos getting a million hits in a day or an hour, this half million in three years eight months, an average of 300 hits a day with 2,900 in one day in 2010, does not seem like much in the virtual scheme of things. Yet it provides me with a motive of thanksgiving for the Internet and the gift of communication between God's people the world over and who knows? Maybe the … [Read more...]

Scholarship, Religion, Activism Conference at UCLA February 26, 2012

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On Faith and Media – my new video blog!

    On Faith and MediaHere's my new film review video blog on AmericanCatholic.org! Sr. Rose finds seeds of the gospel in today's film scene. In her reviews of both cinema blockbusters and independent films and documentaries, she shares her passion for the best in today's popular culture. … [Read more...]

Faith on Your iPod: Introduction to Media Literacy, Saturday Nov 6, 2010 at LMU

Media literacy education, or media mindfulness, is about learning skills to navigate popular, media culture through the dual lens of faith and critical thinking. Media literacy leads to media mindfulness: thoughtful media choices for intentional living. Media literacy provides a values-based strategy based on social analysis and theological reflection to build character and contribute to culture and vital citizenship. Media literacy education in the faith community explores Church … [Read more...]

Introduction to Media Literacy & Church and Communication Online Courses Registration deadline May 26

If you've ever been frustrated at how to engage in our media culture in meaningful ways, consider taking one of these terrific online courses offered by the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.Click here for the course description for Introduction to Media LiteracyClick here for the course description for Church and CommunicationI am the course facilitator for the intro to media literacy course; another fine catechist will facilitate Church and … [Read more...]


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