Zoom discussion group: Netflix’s "Midnight Mass"

The arrival of a charismatic young priest brings glorious miracles, ominous mysteries, and renewed religious fervor to a dying town desperate to believe. Join mental health professionals Adam Arnold and Beth McNally (who are also members of Pilgrim Lutheran Church) to discuss the Netflix series, Midnight Mass.

If you are a human being, above the age of 18*, have Netflix and Zoom access, and would like to process intense spiritual themes in a safe environment, please join us!

Themes explored in the discussion group will include:

- Faith and doubt

- Spiritual abuse

- Death

- Grief

- Racism

- Addiction

Attendees must reserve spots in the discussion group. Please sign-up by emailing Adam (aarnold651@gmail.com) today. Spots are limited.

Dates

Tuesday, February, 15, 2022 (7pm-7:30pm) - Getting started

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 1: “Genesis”

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 2: “Psalms”

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 3: “Proverbs”

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 4: “Lamentations”

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 5: “Gospel”

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 6: “Acts of Apostles”

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 (7pm-8:15pm) – Episode 7: “Revelation”

Location

Zoom (we’ll send you the link once you sign up)

FAQs

Is this group therapy? No, we’re just talking together about Midnight Mass.

Will I be receiving any spiritual, theological, or therapeutic guidance in this discussion group? No, we’re just talking together about Midnight Mass.

Do I have to be a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church to attend? No, all are welcome.

Does it cost anything to attend the discussion group? No, it’s free for all.

Can I belong to a different religion and attend the discussion group? Yes, all are welcome.

Do I have to be religious to attend the discussion group? No, all are welcome.

Will this be offered via zoom? Yes, all of the discussion group will take place via zoom.

Is there an age limit? Yes, due to upsetting images and themes in the series, this discussion group is reserved for persons 18 and older.

Will we be watching the episodes during the discussion group? No, we will be asking attendees to watch an episode on Netflix prior to each discussion group.

Do I have to attend all seven nights? Attending all nights is preferred, but you are not compelled to attend every night.

Is it ok if I have already watched the entire Midnight Mass series and would like to use this discussion to re-watch it? Yes, there are enough layers in the series to watch it multiple times.

Is it ok if I haven’t watched Midnight Mass and want to use this discussion group to watch it for the first time? Yes, we will have good spoiler boundaries.

How many episodes in the series? There are seven episodes in the series, and we will be discussing all seven episodes through seven weeks.

*The series includes violence, including bloody gore and graphic murder. There is drug use and drinking within the series, as well as traumatic religious practices and course language.

Discussion group leaders


Adam Arnold, MA, LMFT, LADC is a licensed psychotherapist, working primarily with children and adolescents. He also works with survivors (all ages) of spiritual abuse. In his free time, he enjoys practicing yoga, watching scary movies, and listening to nerdy podcasts.

Beth McNally, MA, LPCC is a licensed psychotherapist, working with couples, adults, and adolescents on a variety of clinical concerns, including spiritual abuse. In her free time, she enjoys walking her two dogs (Doogie and Lily), looking-up new recipes, and spending time with friends and family.

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