What connects us? This is a question we ask as people vote for different futures based on different ideals. It is a question we ask as we try to keep up with our groups while being asked to “social distance.” It is a question asked in the upcoming animated movie, Connected.
Trailer for Connected [2:40]:
This movie asks questions about whether technology or in-person interaction keeps us better connected. It asks whether this family can connect as a team in a battle against technology gone rogue! Animated movies are fun and silly, but they can ask good questions. What do you think?
- How does technology have the ability to connect us? (Accept all reasonable answers. Technology allows us to connect with others regardless of distance. We can see and hear from people on the other side of the world. We’ve learned we can do just about any activity via the Internet, thanks to social distancing.)
- How does in-person interaction such as eye contact have the ability to connect us? (Accept all reasonable answers. In person, we can experience touch and don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi strength to connect. Some people may not have Internet access and therefore miss out on virtual connection. It can be easier to have a conversation or experience a moment or sensation together. We may have learned to value this now more than ever.)
- How have you experienced connection with others recently? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may have experienced more quality time with family recently, sharing more laughs—or tears—around a table or over a game night. Students may have also recently connected with teachers or classmates or their church family online. This may also be a new experience which may have been welcome and a relief, or at times difficult.)
- What is difficult about connecting with others? (Accept all reasonable answers. Time, proximity, access, and personal differences all play a role, as well as our own ability or willingness to make the effort to connect.)
After Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, the very first Christians were left to live out this new religion, new beliefs, and new lifestyle day by day, together. The “together” part wasn’t always easy because they came from different backgrounds, but they were all connected by their commitment to Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. This is true of Christians today, too—we are all different, but Jesus connects us to each other.