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

Activity 4: Time Line

Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Religions Time Line
  • Sticky notes and fine-point markers
  • World map or globe

Preparation for Activity

  • Display Religions Time Line.
  • Set map or globe where all will be able to see it.
  • Create and set aside a sticky note that says "Friends (Quakers), 1647."

Description of Activity

The time line is updated to add the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Ask if youth remember the year the Religious Society of Friends was founded by George Fox (1647). Hint that it was a little over one hundred years after the Protestant Reformation. Place the sticky note on the time line. Note the year Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses of Contention, 1517.

Ask participants where the Quakers emerged. Point out England on the map. Remind youth that the King of England had split with the Catholic Church but had declared the Church of England the national religion in the United Kingdom, and the Church of England in turn was engaging in corrupt practices. Note also that the Quakers formed at the very beginning of the Age of Enlightenment, which lifted up reason and philosophy.