Welcome to the coloured glass classroom! We hope to provide you with lots of creative ideas and resource links to help you engage the young people in your religious and Christian education classes. This blog is sponsored by the Anglican Schools Commission of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

31 May 2018

National Reconciliation Week 2018 Videos

The RAP group in the Anglican Church Southern Queensland have created a number of videos sharing stories of reconciliation action. Check them out here.

24 May 2018

Dust Echoes: Ancient Stories, New Voices

Dust Echoes "is a series of twelve beautifully animated dreamtime stories from Central Arnhem Land, telling stories of love, loyalty, duty to country and aboriginal custom and law."

There is a study guide for each of the videos. The videos themselves can be accessed on the website but some also appear on Youtube.

These videos and resources would be useful in exploring Aboriginal religion and spirituality or even considering values and the way they are expressed in story.

10 May 2018

Meeting the kinder version of yourself

Do you remember those BUPA ads from a few years ago that had the tag line: What would you do if you met a healthier version of yourself (see vid below). I always thought these ads were clever for the thought experiment that they invited us to participate in. How might the decisions we make now and the habits we engage in every day lead us to a particular version of our self?

Recently on the internet I saw this: ”Somebody once told me the definition of hell: On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.

I think this is also an interesting thought experiment. It made me think about what version of myself  would make me disappointed in the person I had become. Would it be someone who was more moral than me, more successful, kinder? Maybe. But I wonder what other compromises this version of myself might have made?

Would it be hell if I met an incredibly moral version of myself but they were homeless. Or what if I met a super successful mega wealthy version of myself but they were morally repugnant.

I think this idea of meeting future versions of yourself might be a useful thought experiment for the RE classroom. It could really get students thinking about the type of person they want to become and the choices they might make in order to become this person. They could also think about the things that might cause them to make compromises.

I wouldn't spend too much time dwelling on the idea that we might be disappointed by the person we might become. It would be worth reflecting on how we might make peace with our past as we go through life and come to a point of accepting who we are.

Of course all of this can be connected with scripture in creative ways. Themes might include repentance, redemption, forgiveness, new life. The story of the rich young man could be used here. What if he met the version of himself who followed Jesus and didn't walk away.