The small community of Covington Woods provides the setting for The Village. It is an idyllic, sequestered society that exists in response to the corruption of the nearby towns. Covington Woods is led by a group of nurturing elders who guard a disturbing secret that holds the community together.
This study guide will help you discuss the themes in The Village, an especially poignant film for the church community. What is the role of authority, and is pragmatism justified? How do people of principle interact with a corrupt world? Can we regain innocence in a sinful world? And, can love conquer all?
• Movie Summary
• Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*
—Authority & Pragmatism
(Mark 10:42–45; 1 Peter 5:1–6)
—Community in a Corrupt World
(Matthew 5:13–16; 2 Corinthians 6:14–18; John 1:14)
—The Nature of Innocence
(Matthew 23:25–28; Mark 7:14–23; Psalm 32:1–7; Hebrews 10:19–22)
—The Power of Love
(1 John 4:13–21)
• As the Credits Roll
The Village (Touchstone, 2004), written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, rated PG-13.
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