Crossing Paths – World Religion (Grade 6 – 12)

Crossing Paths takes the approach of religious pluralism. Instead of claiming that one religion is better than others or that all religions are really the same, this view understands religions as separate systems of belief dealing with distinct human challenges. Rather than seeing all religions as different paths leading to the same mountaintop, this view sees each religion as its own beautiful mountain. Crossing Paths is about exploring a new “mountain” each month, thus our tagline “Many Mountains; Many Paths.” Crossing Paths is not a dry comparative religions class; it is an exploration of ourselves and other faiths through games, skits, crafts, meditation and use of the senses.

Each month will focus on a different religion and will follow the structure of week one learning about the religion, week two preparing for the visit, week three visiting a service of the other religion (note: these will, by necessity not all be on Sunday mornings).

The faith traditions covered include:

  • Unitarian Universalism
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Catholicism
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • And more

We aren’t just visiting other faith traditions; we are learning how to engage with other people of faith, and diversity in general. Crossing Paths doesn’t just fill our youths’ heads with knowledge, it also helps them develop practices and skills that will help them in all aspects of their life.

Schedule

The program will primarily run on Sunday mornings. There will be visits to other faith communities worship services throughout the program – some of these will necessarily be at other times. The program will run from September 2019 until June 2020, in three blocks (September – December, January – March, and April – June). Youth may register for one or more blocks.

Chaperones and drivers may be needed for the offsite visits to various faith communities. If you are willing to be a driver/chaperone for these visits please Email Arran.

A detailed Fall schedule and registration form will be available soon. Please Email Arran if you’d like to be alerted when this information is released.

Families

We want to empower you to engage your youth in what they are learning and experiencing. In other words, we want this to be a family journey!
We also want to invite you to learn and deepen your own faith through talking with your youth and engaging some material on your own. In other words, we want you to share in the journey.

We will regularly email or text you “Dinner and Drive Time Tips.” These tips support engagement with your youth during strategic moments when you have your youth’s attention, like dinner time or while driving them to or from events. These tips will help your youth be better prepared for the upcoming session. We will send you questions to talk about with your youth before and after each session.

These tips will also be for your own reflection. We don’t just want you to ask your youth what they are doing; we want your youth’s experience to be an invitation for you to reflect on your own faith.