Week 8 – How do you start your RE lessons?

This week, I was hoping you might share a little bit about how you start your RE sessions. How do gather the children? How do you introduce the topic? How do get kids interested in the lesson? Are there things you find particularly effective? What do you find challenging about getting started?

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One thought on “Week 8 – How do you start your RE lessons?

  1. Joe Chee Post author

    Here’s a reply from Laura Coleman:

    some musings/dialogue today, 12/1/09 —
    hi! it’s all very interesting stuff to think about. and hard to do justice to it by email. but my main point is that it’s easy to see christians as christocentric, but not all are. i don’t identify strongly with jc., or even christianity, though of course culturally and subculturally jc and christianity have had (and have) their influence (so, too, the political power struggles – and those who have interpreted jc teachings through the ages). i have barely studied christ or the bible. i liked the stories/myths growing up and have always thought of them as metaphors, helping explore/develop human wisdom. the music and feeling of christmas carols (and handel’s messiah and mozart’s great mass, etc) have always moved me deeply, with the words again meaningful in metaphor. it’s interesting to take in the so many incongruities among us — my dad’s spiritual faith was in luck, charisma and math (fibonacci numbers was his mecca to bow to). he was very uncomfortable hearing the word “soul” – didn’t know what to do with it, had no concept of it — and yet he taught Sunday school at our Episcopalian church year after year – because he thought going to church and learning (or reminding oneself of) the basic rules for being-a-good-person/neighbor/citizen was important. (while christianity and many christians certainly do have their own problems with “otherness” – casting fears/ distastes/ idealizations/ projections onto outside groups – i don’t think there was an intent in the sunday school teachings to isolate/criticize any other religious group, or groups – though maybe that is a luxury of the majority with its illusion of security). for me the christmas tree and rituals surrounding it are an aesthetic experience of the senses – fragrance, touch, sight, movement, the outdoors coming in, togetherness, music, laughter, stories, song, and an amazing sense of beautiful light brimming within us and pouring out – all in the midst of a season of cold and long dark nights. it enacts for me the counterpoint to hopelessness, bleakness, cruelty, aloneness. An embracing of what’s magical and delighting, even divine, in all of us (whether christ had been born or not!) i sometimes think of chagall’s paintings, inspired by and striving for the divine in his work, jewish traditions certainly a means but not an end in that experience – as similar to what someone from any faith can make as their faith. we are all much more similar than we are different when we compare any two (or three or four or more) faiths.

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