Religious Values of Disney?
So I was in Orlando for a week, then school started which makes campus ministry a happening place. But when I was in the Disney parks, particular themes became evident. Here's some:
The Circle of Life: If one wanted to find an illustration of the interconnected web of existence, it's found throughout the parks. From the ecology tale of Simba at Epcot to most of the exhibits in the Animal Kingdom and at the center of it all, the Tree of Life.
The Promise of Cooperation: Epcot is largely the center for this from the role of communication in the spaceship earth ride to the amazing ending of the park's day called Illuminations that features a huge globe that has images of humans working together for a future.
Imagination & Technology: If we're willing to dream big, if we're willing to throw in some elbow grease, there's nothing we and this country and world can't accomplish. I suspect this isn't as big as it used to be (but land of tomorrow and epcot has some of it).
Are there other religious values you can think of? I imagine if one expanded it to the movies we could pick up more. But it was all a bit inspiring, to see it so much granduer (yes the parks have a sense of that) in one setting.
We ended up working this topic on the progressive Christian radio show I work on with friends called Faithfully Subversive. Also started up a site to connect progressive Christian campus ministries but as you can tell it's very much in the beginning stages.