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Discussion Questions for Cider House Rules

Discussion Questions for Cider House Rules

How important is the setting of this film: an orphanage, in Beautiful Maine, a stodgy building, etc? What did you think of Dr. Larch by the end of the movie: knowing that he doctored Homer’s heart health records and lied to Homer? Did you have any reaction to his addiction to ether? Larch makes the interesting statement that because women don’t legally have the right to choose, Homer Wells does not have a moral claim in choosing not to perform abortions. Do you find Larch’s argument compelling? Do you think Homer was ultimately convinced? What struck you about the presentation of fatherhood? Think of   Larch’s fatherly role towards Homer and compare him to Melody and Candy’s father? How do you think the film portrayed women: Candy and Melody? Do you think...


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Prayer for Planned Parenthood

Prayer for Planned Parenthood

To Staff and Volunteers of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains: Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, We ask for a moment of centering calm amidst the storm. We are breathing deeply, recognizing the miracle of breath, the pulse of connection, and the interconnectedness of all existence. Even in times of great distress, we have cause to be grateful: for this brave and powerful community, willing to stand for what is necessary, willing to trust women to make their own choices about their own bodies. As this community is once again under attack, we hold all the staff in our hearts. We pray for courage and strength for each one who walks amidst this assault. We pray for forgiveness, of ourselves and others, as our own human imperfections are painful to behold,...


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A Matter of Faith: Essay by Reverand Gregory Garland

A Matter of Faith Rev. Gregory Garland I. To be or not to be – human – that was Hamlet’s, and it is our, question. A. And so Hamlet goes on to reflect – What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? B. What is this quintessence of dust? C. What does it mean to be a human being; or a person? D. At what point in our development do we become a human being? E. The answer, it seems, is a matter of faith. A...


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