Teaching Guide for 9th April 2012

Teaching Guide for 9th April 2012

Section: Ecology and Cosmology
Incarnation: Some evolutionary thoughts

An opportunity to teach about the new cosmology and the implications for our understanding of God, Jesus and Church. See also ” “Think Different – Accept Uncertainty” Part VI: Understanding the Source of Evil”

from conception to birth: A TED video

Well worth watching

Section: Scripture

N.T. Wright interview: Why Left, Right & Lewis get it wrong

Have senior students read and comment after 12 years of Catholic religious education.

Hunt for the Historical Jesus

“What can we know about Jesus? What does the search for the historical Jesus have to do with us in the 21st Century?”


Speaking of the two creation stories Bishop Robinson writes “In the earlier story (and I emphasise the word “story”). Is there anything more powerful than “story” yet we often want to say that the bible is more than story. Why?

Section: Faith:Church, Synagogue, Mosque, Temple

A Clash of Catholic “Civilizations”

“Just as we have seven sacraments, I see seven forces clashing and exploding in a dramatic confrontation that is really just beginning.” Have students discuss the seven clashing forces. Jigsaw would work.

Catholicism is not the Tea Party at prayer

An opportunity to look at Catholicism and the American and Canadian political systems.

Catholic Church “paying the price for bad leadership

“.…The vast majority of American Roman Catholics also seem to recognize that the leadership of their Church is simply badly out of date.”This would be a good topic for a department or staff to discuss.

Documents Show Vatican Knew of Legion Founder’s Abuse

Is anyone surprised?”

“Just Call Me Excellency!”

Invite students to reflect on how a lay institution – the Catholic Church – comes to have clerical governance.

Church Notes April 9th 2012 and Press Briefs 9th April 2012

Using a Jigsaw students could cover quite a few of the articles in both Church Notes and Press Briefs. This helps take them outside their comfort zone.

Section: Justice and Peace

Canada’s BRAT Strategy: All Torture, All the Time – Plus Torture Tour Report

Have students research the work of “Stop Canadian Involvement In Torture.”

Clergy sex victims blast new Baltimore archbishop

Research and report on SNAP. What do students think about SNAP’s concerns about the appointment of the new bishop?
FR Bob’s Palestinian Blog 24 March 2012

Lots to research or teach about. Christian Peacemaker Teams. Bob Holmes. Jim Looney.ISM.EA.Golani Brigade.

Section: World

Understanding Harper’s Evangelical Mission

Have students examine what the Christian and Missionary Alliance believes and compare it with Catholicism’s teachings.

D and P takes huge hit

Invite parish D & P reps and perhaps local MPs to address the school community on this issue. Encourage faculty and students to join the letter-writing campaign.


Having students listen to an audio presentation and then discuss it is a valuable pedagogical tool.

Iranians shocked by ‘Israel loves Iran’ Facebook initiative.

– Iranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you too Invite students to visit the Facebook pages, discuss and comment.

‘A Test You Need to Fail’: A Teacher’s Open Letter to Her 8th Grade Students As an individual, department or school where are we on testing?

Born Again! George Galloway Stuns Labor, Shakes Up Britain

“Thousands of young people infected with apathy, contempt, despair and a disgust with mainstream politics were dynamised by the Respect campaign.” Invite students to talk about their thoughts and feelings about politics in Canada.

Section: Editorial and Other Voices

“Think Different – Accept Uncertainty” Part VI: Understanding the Source of Evil

These three short articles can be an excellent tool foe evaluating what our students have been taught in religious education in the 21st century? How different is the content from what they might have been taught anytime after the Council of Trent?

“Hope is a Verb with its Sleeves Rolled Up”

“Dorothee Solle, an authentic follower of Jesus, writes simply: “To feed the hungry means to do away with militarism. To bless the children means to leave the trees standing for them.” Is that so complicated? Is the teaching of Jesus obtuse? I think not.” Reflect on this with your students and colleagues.

Section: Using nctsf in schools and communities

“Assignment: Compassion”

An opportunity for students to show their artistic, theological and technical understanding and exp

Section Arts

Making the Connections

Invite students to research and present on Adrienne Rich including her poetry and activism. Have an Adrienne Rich (poetry) Day.

John Chuchman’s poetry and cartoons offer a different way for students and faculty to see what is happening in the Catholic Church. They are also modalities for students to respond.

Section: Last things

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