Teaching Holy Books to Kids?
Why Religious Literacy is Critical to Healing our Divides!
When it comes to religion, we are mostly illiterate. Many of us grow up steeped in one faith
tradition and are never exposed to the vast number of beliefs and faith practices that exist
globally. When we are finally confronted with others that think differently, we may be
suspicious or decide that they are wrong, stupid or even worse, evil.
Let's be honest, we shouldn't judge people at all -- and we certainly shouldn't come to a
verdict when we have zero context and no general understanding of who they are. How can
we love our neighbor if we don't know our neighbor? It's apparent that the time has come
for some basic religious literacy.
Relax ... religious literacy doesn't mean delivering theology or ideology. The Playdate
program isn't here to tell you or your kids or students what to believe, or to indoctrinate
The goal of Spiritual Playdate is to help kids (and adults) have a deeper understanding of
themselves and a broader and more realistic world view. In addition, we strive to present
enough questions and facts that they learn to think critically. We could all use more critical
thinking these days and when we learn to think about things in a more contextual way, we
are less likely to be swayed by others. This is an essential skill that we can pass to the next
generation -- and there is no doubt that humanity will benefit greatly. We aren't serving
our children well by avoiding the topic of religion -- it just leads to much of the
misinformation and hatred we see in society all around us today.
In the interest of boosting Religious Literacy, we are proud to release "Holy Books and
Sacred Texts" as the most recent topic in our "Know Your Neighbor" series. The three
sessions in 'Holy Books' will identify some of the most revered writings of all time. It will also
help to engage often-elusive critical thinking skills about these ancient and new, inspiring
and controversial, and frequently-quoted texts. Above all, it invites everyone to discover
what words feel sacred to them, and to respect what is sacred to others. In one of our
timely activities, we create our own sacred texts to impact the receiver in a positive way.
Where would our world be today if all of our posts and texts were more thoughtful,
encouraging and loving?
May we all see the importance of growing and learning alongside our children and may we
support them in developing the Social, Emotional and Spiritual Skills they will need to remain
grounded and loving throughout this wild human experience called life. We urge you to use
this series as part of your Peace Education program with your family or students.