Life and Choice

This workshop is a discussion of abortion, from scientific, historic, feminist, and religious perspectives (in that order). It is compassionate discussion of the need to support women more.

There is audio file and a powerpoint presentation. If you use this for your teen class, please let me know what you think! I’m always looking for feedback!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q00x2iaulzd5gkf/AAALRteEJSDfU1Yfxp25Ykz2a?dl=0

Truth is Truth

Short Lesson plan for the basic understanding of ‘religious truth’ as an objective truth. We live in a culture where religion is treated as an optional preference in lifestyle, maybe ‘my truth’ but certainly not THE truth, and we are criticized for even saying we know what is true about God. This short explanation connects religious truth to other forms of truth that they are familiar with. I chose examples that I know my students resonate with, but it may be different with other groups.

Materials:

Board to write on

Introduction:

“I’m going to talk about a couple things, but we aren’t really talking about those things. You’ll see. But we’ll start with evolution. “(write evolution on board)

What do you think of evolution? (write answers on board below title, my group;s answers are listed below) Not everyone believes evolution is true. Does that make them bad people? Can someone be smart even if they don’t believe in this? So, if you can be good and smart without ever hearing of evolution, what’s the point of knowing about it?

Next to “evolution” write the second title “World War II History” and asked the exact same questions. Students will probably give the exact same answers. My group added the last answer.

This is our list of answers for evolution and WW2 History:

It’s true

You can be a good person without knowing about it

You can be smart either way

It’s still important to know about it because knowledge is good

It helps us understand the world we live in

It helps us make decisions about our world and our lives

Add to the top next to Evolution and WW2 the third title “Theology” and explain: “Truth is truth everyone. It doesn’t matter if we’re looking for a truth about biology, or a truth about history, or a truth about God. We are always searching for knowledge of true things, for the reasons you explained. Many people say religion is just a personal thing, but it is really about what is true. It’s always good to know truth. That’s why it is important to study the truth about God through Theology. It’s the same reasons as learning the truth about anything else, but maybe even more important to our lives.”

Deepening Faith and Increasing Love for God

It’s somewhat awkward to teach about deepening one’s love for Christ to a class that is 1/3 atheist. What does “loving God” even mean to a teen who is privately saying in their heart “no such Being exists?” And yet, we cannot leave those who want to push forward into faith without support. Here is a short lesson using the great series Be the Bee:

  1. Number a blank piece of paper 1-6.
  2. Watch this Be the Bee episode and write down each of the 6 pieces of advice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oddGj2JOAM
  3. Discussion: What is the value of these 6 practices? How do they help us come to connect with God better?
  4. Think of a time you were doing one of these things with intentional love. Did it help you feel closer to God, the source of all love?
  5. Let’s start with #1. Who is your spiritual advisor? It might be our parish priest, or someone else. Write a short letter to your spiritual advisor about something on your mind– whether that be about a temptation you struggle with or just something you don’t understand about our faith. Give the letter to them this week. It’s your confidential conversation with your spiritual advisor.

“So, when do *I* get to decide if I go to church?”

“Not a single Sparrow can fall to the ground without the Father knowing it.” Matthew 10:29

I work with an age group that begins asking the question “When am I going to do the things that I see my older peers doing?” This includes questions like “How old do I have to be to date?” “When can I get my driver’s license?” “How late can I stay out with my friends?” and, the dreaded “When can I decide to sleep in on Sundays instead of church like my friends do?”

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