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Taking It Home, Workshop 4: It Matters What We Believe

In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program

Our first task in approaching another people, another culture is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we find ourselves treading on another's dream. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival. — Max Warren (1904-1977) General Secretary of the Anglican Church Missionary Council.

O mankind! We created you of a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may come to know one another. — Quran (Hujurat 49:13)

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we learned about religious literacy, religious bigotry, and cultural misappropriation. We also learned how our Unitarian Universalist experiences of covenant will help us become interfaith leaders. Here are a few activities to take today's lessons home:

  • Find out your school's policy on religious bigotry. Is it what you hoped? If not, what can you do to change it?
  • Make copies of the Anit-Bullying Quiz from the Teaching Tolerance website, and read and make copies of the Bullying Tips. Take the quiz yourself. Then encourage your family, friends and teacher to take it.
  • Watch a movie that has religion as part of the theme such as the comedy film Saved (2004) or the science-meets-religion film Contact (1997); Taste of Cherry (1997) or the film about Buddhist reincarnation, Little Buddha (1993); the historical drama Gandhi (1982) or The Message (1976); the evangelical Christian film The Climb (2002) or the documentary Jesus Camp (2006).
  • Take the Belief-O-Matic quiz on the BeliefNet website. What were the results? Were the faiths that "most closely" matched your beliefs accurate? Were you surprised to see any of the faiths that aligned 80 percent or more with your thinking? Research any of these faiths which are unfamiliar to you. What about your beliefs do you suppose aligns with the beliefs of that faith?
  • Recommended resources:
    • How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People's Religious Ceremonies Vols. I and II, Arthur J. Madida and Stuart M. Matlins, eds. (Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths Publishing, 1999)
    • The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to Our Wisdom Traditions by Huston Smith (San Francisco: Harper, 1995).

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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