If you were taking a class to the Temple and visitors centre…
April 17, 2012 3 Comments
what would you hope would be there? What type of experience/ resources would you like them to have? My view from my own experience suggests that RE teachers would like an exploration of the beliefs, especially the distinctive beliefs of a religion. Teachers and children also appreciate the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of “authentic voices”. I have just returned from a visit to a Sikh community and the trainee teachers I took along came away most impressed with the people who spoke about the impact of their faith on their lives.
I think it may be that as teachers “book” to come and visit the visitors centre it could be discussed with them what would be most appropriate and what they are hoping to get out of the visit. Beliefs and their impact on people’s lives are much more important for the RE classroom (whether Primary, Secondary or Univeristy). Themes might include:
What do we think of Christ?
Who was Joseph Smith?
Why a restoration
Distinctive practices (eg Word of Wisdom, and perhaps elements of other ethical issues as the children get older)
Worship in the home and in the Church
Why a Temple
Rites of Passage (blessings, baptism, confirmation, priesthood, marriage)
What do you think? What resources would be good to use?