- Love thy neighbor.
- You reap what you sow.
- We are stewards of the earth and each other.
- Treat others as you would like to be treated.
There are two groups who will find this program important for their children; parents and teachers.
For parents, this is a reliable, simple way to teaching their children spirituality and what other faiths believe. We share the meaning of the 10 commandments from Judaism and the reason for daily prayer for Muslims. Your child will learn the meaning of the physical expressions of other people's faiths such as the turban for Sikhs, the bindi for Hindus and the hijab for Muslims. When understanding is present, fear is not.
Today's world and its many faith traditions are much more visible than 20 years ago. The tools presented in this program will share the beauty of these customs and traditions, while also giving your child the morals and lessons of the faith.
People from all faith traditions search for ways to connect their spiritual foundation. If you don't have a spiritual community that you visit, or you are trying to find easier ways of teaching your children spirituality and expanding their knowledge and respect for our world community, this program will do that. According to a Pew report, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be more Muslims than Christians in the world. Your child will discover that the foundation for each of these spiritual practices are more alike than different.
A friend who is a fundamental Christian described it to me this way: ”We really need to respect each other’s opinions, even if you don’t agree with them. And this is true for religion and teaching children spirituality. You may have friends who are quite devout - very dedicated and grounded in practicing their faith. I may not happen to believe what they believe, but I completely admire and respect that they are able to embrace an expression of life in such a healthy way that really contributes to them being happier, having compassion and being able to cope with the challenges of life. I respect that even though I do not follow their beliefs - whatever that belief is.”
Many parents raise their children in a non-traditional church. In our case, I felt our children were not getting the stories out of their non-denominational student ministry curriculum. I felt that by not knowing these stories, our children were at a disadvantage.
For example: I have a friend who teaches high school English. She told me that when she teaches “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, she uses the parable of the Prodigal Son as an analogy. This simple story illustrates there is an expectation in our Judeo/Christian society that children have a foundation of these stories. Even the SAT exam includes questions assuming this knowledge. Sharing the stories that parents have told their children through generations forms the foundation of this knowledge.
For youth ministers who teach children spirituality, and your community is open to respecting other faith traditions, this student ministry curriculum is designed for any Sunday School classroom. Each week is designed to be completed in an hour. The primary lesson and craft is for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. The advanced material is designed for the older ages, 4th and 5th grade and above, to understand the lesson more deeply. Lastly, there is an advanced activity, for Tweens and Teens, designed to help them understand how the message of the lesson impacts each of their lives
The truth is that we have more in common with the other people on this planet than differences. I hope this program can in some way support this shift from fear to love. I am excited about the possibilities of what this program can shift in societies thinking. I believe there is no ‘right’ religion. I believe that heaven has no favorites. This program allows children to approach others on this planet with compassion, love and respect.
to teach them we are more alike than different.