Baylor Missions to Host Virtual Netflix Party & Discussion for Students

April 20, 2020
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2020) - As social distancing and stay-home orders remain in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual activities continue to offer a sense of normalcy, and community for many. With this in mind, Baylor Missions is scheduled to host a virtual film viewing of the National Geographic docuseries, The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, Season 1, Episode 3: "The Story of Love." 

The film viewing will be synchronized using the online Netflix Party (NP) platform on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 6 p.m. CST, followed by a faculty-facilitated Zoom discussion. NP offers a new way to watch Netflix content with others online by synchronizing video playback, and adding group chat features while viewing.

Dominique McShan, Assistant Director of Marketing, Communication and Events, says he hopes this virtual activity will offer a sense of community and uplift for the Baylor community. According to McShan, this activity creates an opportunity for students to think deeply about their faith and place in the World, as well as cultural humility and human flourishing.

"Our team has shifted our mindset to focus on the student learning outcomes and values we seek to instill in students, opposed to just the methods," said McShan. 

Two of those outcomes being:
  • to understand their responsibility to love and care for our community, and global neighbors

  • to share their story so that others may learn and be transformed by their experience as well

McShan hopes to organize other Netflix Party viewings in collaboration with campus and community partners, if there is significant student demand and engagement. 

This program is designed specifically for current Baylor University students, faculty, and staff. Individuals with a baylor.edu e-mail address may register online at bit.ly/bunp01 to receive the invitation link and additional details.

A desktop or laptop computer and Netflix login is required to utilize the Netflix Party platform. However, individuals may watch the film individually, and join the Zoom discussion via laptop, desktop, smartphone, or phone audio following the show. 

For installation information and details regarding Netflix Party and Zoom, visit www.netflixparty.com or www.zoom.us. .

Baylor students that would like to participate, but do not have a Netflix subscription, may contact Dominique McShan.

About Baylor Missions
Baylor Missions aims to shape Baylor's faithful engagement with Waco and the world by creating intentional opportunities to integrate faith, learning, and service within a broad Christian worldview. For more information visit baylor.edu/missions.

As part of the Office of Spiritual Life at Baylor University, our mission is to nurture theological depth, spiritual wholeness, and missional living in the students, staff, and faculty at Baylor University.
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