Faith-based Discussion Guide:
A Journey Toward Peace and Purpose
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The Douglass House is dedicated to families and individuals who have experienced similar loss as the Douglass Family and need help finding their way back home – to the lives they lived before the loss, trauma, and/or grief.
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Many people who see The Amendment movie are struck in a deep and meaningful way. Possibly it’s the message of forgiveness, or maybe it is grief and loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or conflict. Maybe it is a traumatic event of their past that won’t let go.
The Amendment Faith-based Discussion Guide can be a powerful and important way for churches to connect with members in need of emotional and Biblical support. Using clips from the movie, participants are able to recognize shared emotions around grief, loss, and anger in Brooks’ and Leslie’s lives while also learning more about how Jesus’ disciples experienced many of those same emotions and injustices in their time. Just as Jesus walked with His disciples through their challenges and grief, this guide covers similar topics in the context of a supportive group Bible study. The conversations and insights that emerge from this study can be a real breakthrough for members who have felt alone and unsteady in the suffering or unresolved issues. (See box to the left for sample lessons.)
Session 2: Finding Commonalities
How are your life experiences similar to the love and/or loss of the Douglass Family? How are your life experiences similar to your groupmates’?Session 3: Tracing Family Influences
How has your family of origin—your parents, grandparents, siblings, and childhood events – influenced who you are today?Session 4: Living With Loss
How can you find peace and meaning after loss? Where is God while we mourn losses?Session 5: Allowing Grief
What is the purpose of grief? When is grief healthy and helpful? When is it not?Session 6: Letting Go of Anger and Blame
How is anger, blame, and/or regret affecting your life? What would life be like without it?Session 7: Assessing Coping Strategies
What do you do to soothe stress, frustration, or grief? Is it working?Session 8: Finding Forgiveness
Do you need to forgive someone? Do you need to ask for forgiveness? What would forgiveness feel like in your life?Session 9: Reaching Restoration
How do we get back to our core, best selves? What would restoration look and feel like?Session 10: Moving Forward with Purpose
Now what? How do we move toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life?Session 11: Celebrating Together
What have you learned from this group? And when will we meet again?
Julea Douglass, Ph.D., is the wife of Brooks Douglass and mom of their two sweet kids. She is also co-author of School-Connect: Optimizing the High School Experience, a social-emotional skill-building curriculum used in high schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Julea received her M.Ed. specializing in human development and psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia's Curry Programs in Clinical and School Psychology.
Brooks Douglass has had diverse careers in business, politics, the military, and film-making. At 27, he was elected the youngest State Senator to serve in Oklahoma. After retiring from the senate, Brooks began to focus on a long-held passion for writing, acting, and creating. He co-authored, acted in, and produced The Amendment, a powerful film honoring his parents, Richard and Marilyn Douglass, who were tragically killed in 1979. Within the Amendment Faith-based Guide, Brooks shares his first-hand experience with his journey through grief, loss, and rebuilding his life after tragedy.
Richard B. Douglass pastored his first church when he was 16 years old and continued this passion and purpose until his death at age 43. In his lifetime, he was head pastor at Putnam City Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and before that other churches in Oklahoma and Texas. He was a missionary with his family in Brazil from 1968 to 1972, author of hundreds of faith-based articles, and the book My Way, God’s Way (1978), president of the Southern Baptist Convention of Oklahoma, and dedicated to prison ministries throughout Oklahoma. Richard was loving husband to Marilyn and father to Brooks and Leslie Douglass.
Have you found forgiveness or healing in your life? If you’d like to share your experience with us, we’d love to hear it. Please e-mail us at info@DouglassHouse.org.