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RE-cycled: 'Building Christian Communities'

 |  07 October 2015

For our first RE-cycled activity, we bring you a RE writing assignment from Robert Herrera a teacher of Science, LOTE & Religious Education at Catholic Regional College North Keilor in Victoria. 

Here is Mr Herrera's description of the project:

Within the Year 8 Religious Education program at Catholic Regional College North Keilor we run a unit of work, in term 3, called ‘Building Christian Communities’. This unit focuses on the work of St. Paul, his missionary work and his letters to early Christian communities. Students were expected to write a letter in the style of Paul for their assessment task and I decided to get the students to concentrate on what is happening in the Middle East. Students explored how the Christians are suffering and their letters were about encouraging this community to stay strong.  

Below you'll find the assignment's prompt and an example of one of the student's work:

1. Research carefully the situation in the Middle East

2. Study a letter of St. Paul: Ephesians 4:1-6 or 1Corinthians 13: 4-13.

3. Read as a class Pope Francis Christmas letter appeal to Christians in the Middle East.

4. Let the students write their own letter to Christians in the Middle East in the style of St. Paul, appealing to love, suffering and experiencing Gods mercy in times of tribulations.

Thank you Mr Herrera for sharing your fantastic writing assignment with Australian Catholics magazine's RE-cycled resource page!


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