A brilliant new Lent Course for 2019, based on the hugely popular film The Greatest Showman. The 2018 Golden Globe-nominated movie starring Hugh Jackman, about the founder and stars of the Barnum & Bailey Circus is ideal for Lenten study of Christian themes of hope, redemption and new life.
The five-week course offers discussion points, biblical reflections and prayers based on short excerpts from the film.
The themes are:
(1) ‘A Million Dreams’, exploring what liberation and hope might look like for an ‘outsider’ in the world;
(2) ‘Come Alive’, exploring how the family of faith can bring hope and purpose;
(3) ‘Rewrite the stars’, asks what forms of resistance can be placed in the way of salvation;
(4) ‘Never Enough’, questions the temptations of false fulfilment that can lead us to betrayal;
(5) ‘The Greatest Show’, shows how redemption is found when we discover ‘the circus is our home’.
Rachel Mann is a parish priest, writer, speaker and broadcaster, with a particular interest in the relationship between popular culture and faith. Author of four books, she was formerly Poet-In-Residence at Manchester Cathedral. Her last book Fierce Imaginings (DLT, 2017) looked at the impact of World War One on ordinary lives, and she writes about music, film and popular culture for magazines and newspapers.
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