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Religion Teacher Update was a quarterly newsletter that ran until 2012, edited by Sher Sweet. Archived copies of RTU can be found in the file library below. Note: you must be signed in as a member to see the articles.

Gems from Past Issues 

“Gossip Girl” and Samsara: Buddhist Iconography in the Upper School Classroom
by Tom Ramsey

What can a Tibetan Buddhist mandala tell students about the quality of their lives today? Here is a classroom lesson that engages students in framing their own experience using a traditional religious image. In the process, students gain a clearer understanding of the Buddhist world-view that informs the Wheel of Life mandala. The lesson can readily be adapted to a variety of contexts. Read more.

Beyond Buddha’s Birth- Tales of Teaching Tibetan Buddhism
by Bridgette O'Brien

Rainbow dakinis, mandala making, governments in exile, circumambulating Mt. Kailas, mudras, stupas and a glimpse of what some refer to as “Virtual Tibet” are just a few ways my students ponder the development of Buddhism beyond the usual textbook coverage about Shakyamuni’s life and his fundamental teachings. Read more.

Hinduism and Simile
by Terry Hansen

Because I have the luxury of an entire semester to teach Hinduism, I can devote a significant amount of time to working with students on the process of defining it. Using Kim Knott’s A Very Short Introduction to Hinduism is very helpful in this process because she designs her rich little book with it in mind. Her plan is to present all the richness of Hinduism and then to sift her observations into a culminating chapter in which she attempts a definition. Read more.

Using Mahfouz in the Classroom: The Journey of Ibn Fattouma
by Jamie Hamilton

Life and death, dreaming and wakefulness: stations for the perplexed soul. It traverses them stage by stage, tak- ing signs and hints from things, groping about in the sea of darkness, clinging stubbornly to a hope that smilingly and mysteriously renews itself. Traveler, what are you searching for? What emotions rage in your heart? Read more.

Come, Have Breakfast
by Jim McGarry

The Gospel passages used across a spectrum of Christian Churches after the celebration of Easter seek to help the faithful interpret the meaning of that central belief—the Resurrection. It is a conundrum. Jesus appears to his disciples several times and they simply do not recognize him. He walks the road to the town of Emmaus, away from Jerusalem, with those returning after the Passover festivities. (Lk 24:13-35) He chats with them, seems to demystify events a bit, lifts their spirits significantly. They are so grateful they invite him to dinner. During all this, he is simply an intriguing stranger, startlingly literate with the scriptures. Kitschy Christian art has him hiding beneath a cowl, like a student skulking in a hooded sweatshirt. There is no scriptural evidence for this. He’s out there among them, forehead, cheekbones, jowl and all. They do not recognize him.

Until the breaking of the bread. Read more.

[Subject: World Religions]

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