World Religions for Children

Is your child curious about life’s “Big Questions”? 

Does your child enjoy learning about culture, customs, and diversity? 

Is your child interested in understanding what people believe and why? 

This 10-week course is open to all elementary-aged children (and their parents) and offers age-appropriate reflections, discussion, information, and engagement with regard to to five of the world’s wisdom traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

*Tuition for this course is based upon a sliding scale payment philosophy to be inclusive of all families struggling due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Please pay what you honestly can afford.

Suggested price: $150.00

Minimum price: $25.00

Description

Saturdays
12pm EST ~ via Zoom

*Beginning Saturday, September 12th and ending Saturday, November 14th
*Classes are recorded and shared only with registered participants. 

All are welcome. 

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other,
but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity” ~ Robert Alan Silverstein 

 


Understanding our world’s wisdom traditions supports a child’s development of empathy, expansive world views, cultural awareness/diversity, and promotes personal investigation into life’s “Big Questions.”

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, understanding how people make sense of suffering, life, birth, death, and the “meaning of it all” is key to responding to difficult times with clarity and hope. We also know from research that a basic understanding of the world’s wisdom traditions promotes literacy, civic engagement, connection to neighbors in an increasingly diverse world, and significantly reduces fear of “the other.” As this report from Teaching Tolerance concludes: “Research shows that a world religions course helps reduce intolerance among students without undermining students’ religious beliefs.”

All children, representing a wide variety of perspectives and faith traditions, are welcome to join Amy Wright Glenn, an award-winning teacher of comparative religion and philosophy, for a 10-week World Religions for Children discovery. Parents are welcome to observe their children participate and share reflections/feedback with Amy via email as inspired.

World Religions for Children is a fascinating, informative, and inspiring study. Two one-hour sessions will be dedicated to exploring, understanding, and discussion each of the following five religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Students will learn how each traditions understands the following:

The origin of the world
The meaning of life
Holy days
Important rituals/customs
What explains suffering
What gives hope

The aim of this course is not to convert, persuade, or convince young people of any point of view outside of nourishing the values of curiosity, respect, and understanding.

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