Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades

Taking It Home: Treasure Everywhere

Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication. — Algernon Black, (1932-1972), leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we explored the purpose of religion in people's lives and were introduced to the goals and structure of Building Bridges. We discussed which faith communities we hope to engage with this year and started planning these activities.


  • What religions are represented in your immediate family?


  • If friends or family members belong to a faith you know little about, start a conversation with them about it. If you are respectful and enthusiastic about learning about their religion, they are likely to be friendly and responsive right back. Some good questions: What is your favorite time of the religious year? How does your faith help you the most? How do you practice your faith at home? Ask other questions that seem interesting to you!
  • Do an online search for "origin of religion" or "growth of religion" and see what you find. Some website creators wish to promote certain beliefs or have an axe to grind, meaning they are angry or resentful about something and use the website to push a specific agenda. Can you identify when this is the case? Look at several sites. What do they say in common about the origin of religion?
  • You probably already know a great deal about different religions from other religious education experiences, your studies at your school, and your peers. This program will give you opportunities to share your knowledge. If speaking up in a group is not easy for you, write down what you might say and practice saying it with friends. Everyone sharing and learning together will make Building Bridges a better experience. You may be surprised by how much you already know!
  • Are you on Facebook? Search for UU groups you find interesting.
  • The website 42explore has activities for all ages on more than 200 themes, includingworld religions.