Resources to support teaching a Christianity in the World unit of work.
Key Idea: Religious believes and ideas shape people’s thinking and actions
Worldview can be explored through the following:
What does it mean to be happy? What do human beings crave for, deep down? Why is it difficult for people to find satisfaction? Is there some greater meaning and purpose to people’s actions and interactions? Common understandings of what it means to be happy can be compared with what Job came to realise. For Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate proof that God is good and has a purpose for their lives. This knowledge allows for deep peace and satisfaction whatever life’s circumstances.
Exploring worldview and values perspectives
The Lorax ISBN 0 00 717311 3
The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley ISBN 978 0 7336 2167 3
Romeo and Juliet
Looking for Alibrandi
To Kill a Mockingbird
Rose meets Mr Wintergarten
Contact Muslim/Islamic organisations/associations in your state or territory. In South Australia the Muslim Women’s’ Association (see associations) can help out.
Golds World of Judaica
3-13 William Street, Balaclava, VIC 3183
Phone: 03 9527 8775
Fax: 03 9527 6434
Golds stock a vast range of books for adults and children, puzzles, games, cards, artefacts for worship and the celebration of festivals.
From Parliament of World Religions, Melbourne, 2009 includes Indigenous, Christian choral, Buddhist, Jewish, Gospel, Naqshbandi Sufi (Whirling Dervish), Hindu, Japanese dance, James Morrison, Sikh, Jain.
Associations and organisations
Christian Research Association
Australia’s Religious Communities: a Multimedia Exploration
This CD-Rom is the most detailed and comprehensive account of religious groups in Australia available. It contains the equivalent of 3500 pages of text, as well as more than 1200 photos and graphics, and 70 minutes of video.
Muslim Women’s Association (Adelaide) Torrens Bldg, 1st floor 220 Victoria Sq, Adelaide 5000, ph: (08) 8212 0800
Islamic Cultural Womens Association of Australia 29 Augusta Ave, Campbellfield 3061, ph: (03) 9357 1457
Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria 169 Fitzroy St, Fitzroy 3065, ph: (03) 9419 7888
Almiraj Sufi and Islamic Study Centre 61a Liverpool St, Hobart 7000, ph: (03) 6234 6154
Islamic Society of South Australia Inc Park Holme Mosque, 658 Marion Rd, Park Holme 5043, ph: (08) 8277 8725
Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland Inc Sunnybank Hills 4109, ph: (07) 3272 8071 or 3272 8545
Alice Springs Islamic Society 101 Lyndavale Drv, Alice Springs 0870, ph: (08) 8955 1001
Islamic Council of NSW 405 Waterloo Rd, Chullora 2190, ph: (02) 9742 5752 287 Haldon St, Lakemba 2195, ph: (02) 9758 3399 http://www.icnsw.org.au
Islamic Science, Cultural and Art Association 24 Mary St, Auburn 2144, ph: (02) 9646 2158 24 Chestnut Rd, Auburn 2144, ph: (02) 9749 5269
Islamic Society of NSW 177 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills 2010, ph: (02) 9281 0440
National Council of Jewish Women State 133, Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield 3162, ph: (03) 9523 0535
National Council of Jewish Women PO Box 57, Woolahra 2025, ph: (02) 9363 0257
Jewish Community Services of Western Australia (Inc) 61 Woodrow Ave, Yokine 6060, ph: (08) 9275 6743
John Dickson, Spectators Guide to World Religions
Rabbi Benjamin Blech, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism ISBN 978-1-59257-131-4
David Self, The Lion Encyclopedia of World Religions ISBN 978 0 7459 4983 3
Heffernan, Errington, Tutt, Wilson, Checkpoint Christianity 1 ISBN 978 085583 4999
Heffernan, Errington, Tutt, Wilson, Checkpoint Christianity 2 ISBN 978 085583 5002
Nicholas Coleman, Studies of Religion Preliminary ISBN 978 0 85583 5606
Howard Clark, HSC Dot Point Studies of Religion ISBN 978 085583 6115
Howard Clark, HSC Dot Point Preliminary Studies of Religion ISBN 978 085583 6191
Howard Clark, Studies of Religion 2nd Edition ISBN 978 085583 5849
Howard Clark , Aspects of Religion ISBN 978 0 85583 5699
Julie Mitchell, Teaching about Worldviews and Values, (from Council for Christian Education in Schools 03 9804 0733)
Julie Mitchell, Worlds of Difference 1: Exploring Worldviews and Values in English Texts, (ditto)
Julie Mitchell, Exploring Worldviews and Values in English Themes, (ditto)
ALWS (Australian Lutheran World Service), Awareness Pack – Hand in Hand Indonesia 2010 pages 43-48
• In brief: the beliefs and laws of Islam
• What do Muslim’s believe?
• Christians and Muslims
‘The Urgency of Understanding Islam and what this can do for us,’ Terence Lovat in Dialogue Australasia journal Issue 9, May 2003
‘The Visual Arts: an alternative lens through which to learn about Judaism,’ Peta Goldburg in Journal of Religious Education 52(1) 2004
‘Religious Artifacts in the Religion Classroom,’ Peta Goldburg in Journal of Religious Education 51(2) 2003
‘God’s love is for all people,’ Clare Horan in Echoing the Word*, Vol 4 No 4 2005
‘Pathways to examining world religions,’ Nicola Edghill in Echoing the Word*, Vol 4 No 4 2005
‘Religious Otherness’ (on the film ‘The Chosen’), Peta Goldburg in Echoing the Word*, Vol 1 No 4 2002
‘Teaching Early Years Students about World Religions’, Jan Grajczonek in Echoing the Word*, Vol 4 No 4 2005
‘Teaching the World’s Religions – two contrasting approaches, Dr Maurice Ryan in Echoing the Word*, Vol 4 No 4 2005
*A subscription is needed to access Echoing the Word articles, www.echoingtheword.com
RE Online Has a huge collection of resources for the teaching of Christian Studies. This includes visual and interactive material related to the teaching of world religions. At the ‘people of faith’ link (see below) there are details of the main features of each religion including personal video accounts of what is believed, what it means to ‘belong,’ and how that affects the way they live. There is even an option to email a believer about their belief and their life. At the ‘places of worship’ link windows into the worlds of the main religious traditions can be accessed via video visits.
BBC Profiles of a vast range of world religions
Mr Dowling’s electronic passport
contains simple, easily accessible information about both Christianity and Judaism.
The URI web site is highly recommended. It is produced by United Religions Initiative and contains reliable, simple-to-read information about Christianity and Judaism. Students use the Golden Rule web site to compare and contrast the wording of the Golden Rule as it is depicted in both Judaism and Christianity. How similar is the advice? What is different? Which version(s) ‘speak’ in a compelling way to you? Why? www.uri.org/kids/
Sponsored by the Jesuit Spring Hill College in the US, comprehensive and wide ranging links to information on all the major world religions.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
An extraordinary visual insight into the religious architecture of various world religions. This is an invaluable resource, the work of photographer Jean-Pierre Lavoie, with 360-degree views of some of Canada’s most famous basilicas and abbeys. By clicking out to a linked site, Editiones Fides
Jewish – Christian relations. Contains articles, reviews, official statements, study resources, images of Judaism in Christian art.
Judaism 101. Jewish beliefs, practices, festivals and a range of articles in basic, intermediate and advanced detail.
Jewish Roman context in which Jesus lived Explores Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Judaism, Christian origins and the New Testament
A range of lesson ideas, plans, discussion questions, online research exercises.
Website for Israel and Judaism studies teacher resources
The Great Synagogue Sydney – brief guide to Judaism. Other options also on drop down menu
Judaism resources c
Explores sacred spaces related to Judaism.
Australian Lutheran World Service ‘school resources’ contains 2010 Awareness Week package for schools Hand in Hand Indonesia, with several pages as follows:
•In brief: the beliefs and laws of Islam
•What do Muslim’s believe?
•Christians and Muslims
Tariq Ramadan Importance of inter-religious dialogue
(from Parliament of World Religions, Melbourne, 2009)
In the clip he speaks about being open to other faiths, the importance of listening, the connection between humility and spirituality, improving and transforming self, and the need for authentic faith witness.
On being a European Muslim
…on religion, true belief, deep faith, intellect (light), heart (direction), peace, effort, discipline, education, inner struggles, tension, power, domination, violence