Exploring My Friends’ Beliefs
A Study of Judeo-Christian Faiths in One’s Neighborhood
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Religious Education Committee, 1997, 175 pp.
Content: A study of Judeo-Christian faiths often encountered in one’s neighborhood. Begins with Judaism and the early Christian church followed by 12 self-contained chapters/units about the Catholic Church and other Protestant religions. Aspects studied include history, architecture, beliefs, sacraments, practices, and service to the community. Content includes:
Chapter 1 Judaism
Chapter 2 Early Christian Church: Peter and Paul
Chapter 3 The Catholic Church
Chapter 4 The Lutheran Church
Chapter 5 The Episcopal Church
Chapter 6 The Presbyterian Church
Chapter 7 The Methodist Church
Chapter 8 The Unitarian-Universalist Church
Chapter 9 The Baptist Churches
Chapter 10 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
Chapter 11 The Jehovah’s Witness Church
Chapter 12 The African Methodist Episcopal Church
Chapter 13 The Church of Christ Scientist
Chapter 14 The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Chapter 15 Glossary
Age Range: 7th –12th grade.
Preparation Time: About 30 minutes for most chapters, slightly more to arrange for optional guest speakers or visits to local houses of worship.
Number of Lessons: There are 14 lessons which could take four or more weeks each. Plan to spend at least a year to complete this curriculum.
Activities: These include discussion questions, games, role playing, art activities, cooking, field trips, singing, and the study of maps, timelines and symbols.
Supplies/Equipment: Standard art supplies for some chapters; a Bible and other religious books are helpful but not necessary. Transportation is needed for field trips.