STUDY GUIDE Responding to religious plurality

 

RESPONDING TO RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

FIRM FOUNDATIONS Study Guide No. 1

 

This STUDY GUIDE is designed to stimulate discussion among members of different religions about the ways in which people respond to the fact of religious differences.

 A diverse range of activities are suggested in the GUIDE.  Selection, sequencing and adaptation of these activities are required to suit local circumstances.  Resources suggested for use in these activities can be found in the Form Relationships/Resources page of this website.

PLENARY

  • Brainstorm ideas about ways in which the participants think about and respond to the fact of different religions.

  • List and display participant's ideas by gathering together responses that exhibit similar characteristics.

  • Distribute or display copies of the short essay "Responding to Religious Plurality".

  • Discuss various ways of categorising and describing the ways in which people respond to religious pluralism.

SMALL GROUPS

 

  • Divide the participants into four (4) small groups.

  • Provide each of the groups with a copy of one of the following extracts - ignore, replace, harmonise or embrace - from the paper "Responding to Religious Plurality".

  • Ask each group to role play a group of people adopting one of these types of responses to religious pluralism.

  • Ask each group to make a presentation (in any format) promoting the importance, validity and necessity of the type of response allocated to them.

  • Lead a general discussion on the topic of responding to religious pluralism.

INDIVIDUAL

 

  • Each participant writes a short paragraph stating their own current stance on how they might respond to the fact of different religions building their particular places of worship in their local communities.

  • Each participant lists the names of different religious Places of Worship that they know of in their suburb, city or State.

  • Each individual draws the primary identifying symbol of at least five different world religions. (eg  Cross, Star of David, Crescent and Star)

  • Hold a competition to see who can correctly identify the most drawn symbols.

  • Identify any remaining issues and questions that participants may wish to explore in any subsequent study group.

     

RESPONDING TO RELIGIOUS PLURALISM

Firm Foundations  Study Guide N0.1

 

Tags: Religious Education, Interfaith Dialogue, Garth Read

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