World Religions

This page is a work in progress. Links will be added on an ongoing basis.

Headings for this Page:
– Church Documents
– General Resources & Links
– Aboriginal Spirituality
– Buddhism
– Christianity
– Eastern Christianity
– Ecumenism
– Interreligious Dialogue
– Hinduism
– Islam
– Jainism
– Judaism
– Pluralism
– Zoroastrianism

Church Documents

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
(Official site of the Catholic Church office for interreligious dialogue.  Lots of documents and messages to leaders of different faiths – worth the visit)
Dominus Iesus, Declaration on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church
(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; August 6, 2000)
Encyclical, Ut Unum Sint (That All May Be One)
(St. John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on the Catholic Church’s relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches)
Apostolic Letter, Light from the East (Orientale Lumen)
(Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II, 1995)
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate)
(Second Vatican Council, 1965)
Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite (Orientalum Ecclesiarum)
(Second Vatican Council, 1964)
Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio)
(Second Vatican Council, 1964)
The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today.  CCCB, 2013
(Document’s introduction is a clear and understandable overview of religious pluralism in Canada.  Following sections present 3 elements “which should embody our proclamation of the Gospel.” (p. 4):  The witness of an encounter (martyría), the witness of a fraternal life (koinonía), and the witness of selfless service (diakonía).  The introduction is suitable for student reading, and the entire document presents the witness of our encounter with Christ as an important approach to pluralism for followers of Jesus.)

General Resources &Links

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
(Official site of the Catholic Church office for interreligious dialogue.  Lots of documents and messages to leaders of different faiths – worth the visit)
CCCB Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue
(Has links to various documents and ongoing dialogues with other Churches and faiths)
United States Conference of Bishops.  Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
(Continuously updated resources and links to documents and current events in world of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue)
CARFLEO ”World Religions, Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” Resources.  Websites for Catholic Educators Page
(Contains helpful links – scroll down to last section on page)
Annotated Links to World Religions Resources Page (CARFLEO)
Rich Culminating Performance Tasks Secondary Religious Education Courses. Grade 11:  Faith and Culture:  World Religions Understanding Catholicism Through Common Ground
(Catholic Curriculum Corporation Central and Western Region June 30, 2009. Lesson plans start on p. 12 of document)
General World Religions Lesson Plans and Links
(College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University, St. Joseph and Collegeville, MN.  Lots of helpful interesting links)
Nelson/Novalis World Religions Program Guide
(From the Alberta Catholic Trustees. Contains helpful, practical lesson planning resources)
ReligiousTolerance.org World Religions Site
(Basic information on world religions Presented in Canadian context)
A Rule Made of Gold  Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Curriculum
(by Gregory McKenna)
Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster
Scarboro Missions Golden Rule – Thirteen Sacred Texts
Interfaith Calendar of Sacred Times for World Religions
Video
World Religions in a Catholic School Setting
Fr. Stefano Penna inservices World Religions teachers in Alberta Catholic schools.  An important inservice piece which insists that successfully teaching World Religions rests on teachers’ inner conviction that Jesus Christ is the full revelation of God, – the Way, Truth, Life and Way to the Father.  Fr. Penna maintains this inner conviction is necessary  to keep students [and staff] from falling into a kind of relativist mindset that sees Christianity only as one equally viable religion among many.  Such a relativist mindset views the Church’s missionary activity as unnecessary and undermines the purpose of the World Religions course in Catholic secondary schools. Highly recommended.
Video Series: Holy Land, Holy People
(Note:  All videos in this series are accompanied by a classroom lesson plan.
First produced and broadcast on Vision TV in 1997-2000. Its goal was to provide an overview of the histories, common ground and differences of the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Key to its research plan was to interview prominent interfaith specialists from all three faiths and bring to each of the series’ six episodes the fruits of their years of dedicated service to interfaith understanding, along with a call to all adherents of the three faiths to focus energies on interfaith understanding and cooperation.)

Aboriginal Spirituality

Church Documents
Address of His Holiness John Paul II to the Native Peoples of Canada
(Fort Simpson, Canada.  Sunday, 20 September 1987)
Prayers
Native American Poems and Prayers
(A collection of old and new poems and prayers by Aboriginal North Americans)
Native Prayer (Also called, The Indian Prayer)
Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world ” hear me”  I come before you, one of your children. I am small and weak. I need your strength and wisdom. Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. Make my hands respect the things you have made, my ears sharp to hear your voice. Make me wise, so that I may know the things you have taught my People, the lesson you have hidden in every leaf and rock. I seek strength not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy, myself. Make me ever ready to come to you, with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades as a fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
— Prayer by Yellow Hawk, Sioux Chief
Video
Kateri Television

(Twelve videos produced by Villagers Media for Canadian Catholic Aboriginal communities.
Topics covered: How we teach, commuity healing, reconciliation, healing of addictions, a gift to the Church, social justice.)
Program One. Medicine Wheel Healing: How it Starts
Program Two. Medicine Wheel and Christian Faith
Program Three. Medicine Wheel Spirituality: A Gift to the Church
Program Four. Medicine Wheel:  A Way of Life
Program Five.  Medicine Wheel: How We Teach
Program Six. Medicine Wheel: Healing & Reconciliation & Social Justice
Program Seven.  Medicine Wheel as Pastoral Ministry
Program Eight  Medicine Wheel:  Reconciliation
Program Nine.  Medicine Wheel: Community Healing
Program Ten. Medicine Wheel: Healing of Addictions
Program Eleven.  Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of Hope
Program Twelve.  St. Kateri Takakwitha: A Healer’s Saint
The Legacy of Kateri Tekakwitha
(YouTube video about St. Kateri and other North American saints and holy people)
Logan Alexis Singers Honor First Native Saint, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha of the Lily of Mohawks
(YouTube video taken at St. Joseph’s Basilica, Edmonton, October 2012)
Articles and Resources
RCCDSB Kateri Tekakwitha Resource Page
Salt and Light TV Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Page
(Trailer for S&L video, In her Footsteps – the Story of Kateri Tekakwitha, available for loan through Religious Education Office; also contains clips from St. Kateri’s canonization in Rome)
First Nations Resources – Eastern Ontario Catholic Curriculum Cooperative
Kateri Native Ministry Centre of Ottawa
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Official Website

Buddhism

Video
Articles and Resources

Christianity/Catholicism

Video
Sacraments & Liturgy
The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church
(Briefly explains meaning of seven sacraments – helpful general introduction for students. 2:08)
Sacraments 101:  Baptism (why we baptize)
(6 min 28 sec video from YT channel bustedhalo. Brief engaging overview for students and staff)
Sacraments 101: Confirmation (why we’re confirmed)
(5min 57sec video from YT user bustedhalo. Brief intro to sacrament, gifts; useful for students, staff)
Eucharist (what we believe)
(9min 18sec video presentation on what we believe about the Eucharist from YT user bustedhalo)
What are the Historical Roots of the Mass?
(Jimmy Aiken from Catholic Answers gives a 3 minute explanation of the roots of Mass)
Sacraments 101: Penance (why we confess)
(4min39sec presentation for teens and adults on sacrament of Penance by YT user bustedhalo)
Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (who it’s for)
(6min28sec presentation by YT user bustedhalo)
Sacraments 101: Matrimony (why make it Catholic) 
Sacraments101: Holy Orders (what ordination means)
The Liturgical Year
(Slide show of major seasons and feasts of liturgical year.  Good visual review for students. 2:39)
Being Catholic: Seasons and Feasts
(Overviews major feasts and seasons of Roman Catholic liturgical year, beginning with importance of holy seasons in Judaism, Hinduism and Islam.  7:22)
 Program One:  Children of Abraham
(The goal of Program One is to deepen students’ understanding of the three Abrahamic faiths by introducing them to various believers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.  6min 32sec.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Three:  Christianity
(The goal of Program Three is to deepen students’ understanding of the history of Christianity.  6min 40sec.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)

Eastern Christianity

Church Documents
Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite (Orientalum Ecclesiarum)
(Second Vatican Council, 1964)
Apostolic Letter, Light from the East (Orientale Lumen)
(Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II, 1995)
Video
Eastern Catholic Church – An Introduction
(Helpful intro to development of Christianity from its inception and differentiation in East and West, Great Schism in 1054 and the rise of Eastern Catholic Churches and their safeguarded traditions. 10:35)
Uniting East and West
(Informative 7 minute video about how Eastern and Western [Roman] Catholicism have enriched the lives of people at Madonna House in Canada.  Also talks about icons and their role in Eastern Christian spirituality.)

Ecumenism

Church Documents
Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio)
(Second Vatican Council, 1964)
Encyclical, Ut Unum Sint (That All May Be One)
(St. John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on the Catholic Church’s relations with the Eastern Orthodox Churches)

Hinduism

Church Documents
CCCB Message to Hindus for the Feast of Deepavali 2015  Christians and Hindus: Promoting Human Ecology Together
(PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE)
Video
Articles & Resources
Nelson Supplementary PowerPoint Presentations
(From Nelson Canada’s World Religions Supplementary Multimedia Material Page)
Chapter 7: The Story of Hinduism
TR page 179, PowerPoint presentation Namaste!
TR page 188, PowerPoint presentation Brahman, Atman, and Maya
Chapter 11: Living Faith Today
TR page 319, PowerPoint presentation The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Nelson Supplementary Blackline Masters
These supplementary BLMs are indicated with “Go to Nelson social studies” icons in the Teacher’s Resource. Click below for PDF and modifiable versions of each.
Chapter 7: The Story of Hinduism
TR page 179, Vocabulary Game / modifiable version
TR page 189, Creating Similes / modifiable version
Creating Similes – Sample Answers / modifiable version
TR page 195, Flow Chart: Hinduism’s Sacred Scriptures / modifiable version

Interreligious Dialogue

Church Documents
Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate)
(Second Vatican Council, 1965)
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
(Official site of the Catholic Church office for interreligious dialogue.  Lots of documents and messages to leaders of different faiths – worth the visit)
Video
Program Five:  The Holy City
(The goal of Program Five is to deepen students’ understanding of the importance of Israel in the history of the three Abrahamic faiths. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Six: A Place of Beauty and Suffering
(The goal of Program Six is to deepen students’ understanding of the history and current situation of Jerusalem.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Seven:  Prayers for Peace
(The goal of Program Seven is to deepen students’ understanding of how interfaith dialogue amongst adherents of the three different Abrahamic faiths is an important way to create peace. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Eight:  The Desert
(The goal of Program Eight is to deepen students’ understanding of the importance of the desert in the history and spirituality of the three Abrahamic faiths.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Nine: The Call of God
(The goal of Program Nine is to deepen students’ understanding of  how God’s direct revelations formed the basis of the three Abrahamic faiths. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Ten: Highlighting Judaism, Christianity
(The goal of Program Ten is to deepen students’ understanding of how Sacred Text is the basis for everyday spiritual practice of the three Abrahamic faiths, highlighting Judaism and Christianity. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Twelve: Covenant and Reality
(A casual glance at how Christianity, Islam and Judaism interact reveals a stunning gap between the ideals of each religion, and the reality of how its adherents live and treat one another. The goal of Program Twelve is to deepen students’ understanding of how there is a gap between what the Abrahamic faithful believe and practice, especially how they treat each other. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 7min 12sec)
Program Thirteen: From Holy Land to North America
(Relations among Jews, Christians and Muslims in the tiny country of Israel influence relations among these religions throughout the world.  The goal of Program Thirteen is to deepen students’ understanding of how what is going wrong in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East affects the neighborhoods and communities of North America. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 6min 25sec)
Program Fourteen:  The Fundamentalists
(Within all three religions, there are strands of religious fundamentalism which promote an exclusivist understanding of revelation.  The goal of Program Fourteen is to deepen students’ understanding of how fundamentalism in all three Abrahamic faiths is a part of the problems underlying their relationships.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 10 min 14 sec)
Program Sixteen: Models of Living Together
(Despite the legacy of violence and distrust from the past, and the apparently intractable political problems of the present, there is a spirit of change and hope in Israel.  The goal of Program Sixteen is to deepen students’ understanding of how efforts to bring about interfaith dialogue and understanding in the Holy Land are the hope for the future. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 8min 59sec)
Program Seventeen: Learning to Talk Together
(The purpose of inter-religious dialogue is to meet the needs of the modern world, helping the three Abrahamic faiths understand each other and work together to solve problems between them and within their individual communities. The goal of Program Seventeen is to deepen students’ understanding of how interfaith dialogue holds out much promise for the future of world peace.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 7min 32 sec)  
Articles and Resources
CCCB Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue
(The Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews, and Interfaith Dialogue:
– Forms relationships with other Churches and ecclesial communities, with religions outside of the Christian faith, and with national and international ecumenical organizations;
– Helps the Bishops to identify current issues relating to Christian unity;
– Finds ways to infuse an ecumenical dimension into all Conference activities;
– Stimulates theological dialogues that promote Christian unity and a better understanding of each other’s religious traditions.
Has links to various documents and ongoing dialogues with other Churches and faiths)

 Islam

Articles & Resources
The World’s Muslims – Unity in Diversity
(Global overview regarding diverse practices and groups within the Islamic world published by Pew Research Religion and Public Life Project.  Contains helpful statistics – possible information source for student research assignments.
Infographic – The World’s Muslims: Unity in Diversity
Info and statistics from above Pew Research report presented in infographic format.  Suitable as smartboard resource for classroom; quick snapshot of statistics and information in graphic format.)
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II  TO YOUNG MUSLIMS
(APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO TOGO, IVORY COAST, CAMEROON, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, ZAIRE, KENYA AND MOROCCO Morocco Monday, 19 August 1985.  Excellent reading on how to approach dialogue with Muslim peoples.  Helpful follow-up commentary article here.)
Pope: Catholics, Muslims Can Work Together for Better World
(By Cindy Wooden Source: Catholic News Service Published: Sunday, September 25, 2011)
Video
Program Four:  Islam
(The goal of Program Four is to deepen students’ understanding of Islam.  With reflections from Haroon Siddiqui, Editorial Page Editor, Toronto Star; Imam Liatak Takim, Ja’ffarri Islamic Centre, Toronto; Riad Isawi, Coordinator, Fatowa, Council Housing, Jerusalem.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media.  6min. 32sec.)
Program eleven:  Highlighting Islam
(For Islam, the Koran is the definitive revelation of God to humanity. The Koran is believed to be, not the record of God’s revelation but the very revelation itself.  The goal of Program Eleven is to deepen students’ understanding of how Sacred Text is the basis for everyday spiritual practice of the three Abrahamic faiths, highlighting Islam. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media.)

Jainism

Church Documents
Video
Articles & Resources

 Judaism

Church Documents
Articles & Resources
Men Who Loved Gods Chosen People.  On Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, soon to be canonized
(by Fr. Tom Rosica, csb. Osservatore Romano, April 4, 2014)
Video
Program One:  Children of Abraham
(The goal of Program One is to deepen students’ understanding of the three Abrahamic faiths by introducing them to various believers from Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.   Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)
Program Two:  Judaism
(The goal of Program Two is to deepen students’ understanding of Judaism.  With reflections from Hami Verbin, Israeli Graduate Student, Toronto School of Theology; Rabbi Dow Marmur, Senior Rabbi, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto; Rabbi Tzvi Marx, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.  5min. 14sec. Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media)

Pluralism

Church Documents
The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today.  CCCB, 2013
(Document’s introduction is a clear and understandable overview of religious pluralism in Canada.  Following sections present 3 elements “which should embody our proclamation of the Gospel.” (p. 4):  The witness of an encounter (martyría), the witness of a fraternal life (koinonía), and the witness of selfless service (diakonía).  The introduction is suitable for student reading, and the entire document presents the witness of our encounter with Christ as an important approach to pluralism for followers of Jesus.)
Video
Fr. Barron: Who is Jesus and what makes him unique?
4 minute YT video on uniqueness of Jesus among religious leaders and figures of our time, from Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism series. Good discussion starter.
Program Fifteen: The Living Spirit
(Throughout the world, the relationship among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam seem poised to enter a new era. In the west, changing immigration patterns and changing social values, especially in Canada, are leading to the emergence of a pluralistic, multi-faith culture.  The goal of Program Fifteen is to deepen students’ understanding of how peaceful pluralism in the cities of North America offers a model for co-existence in the rest of the world.  Part of Holy Land, Holy People series by Villagers Media. 8min 18 sec)

Zoroastrianism

Church Documents
Video
Articles & Resources