On Common Ground: World Religions in America
by Diana L. Eck and the Pluralism Project
Columbia University Press
for one CD; $275 for a 5-CD multi pack
This CD-ROM provides an overview
of America's many religious traditions through text, images, voices, and music.
It offers perspectives on some of the fundamental questions of religious
freedom, religious diversity, and interreligious encounters that have shaped America's
religious history and continue to challenge us today.
Order #03290 / $19.95
This video introduces the three 2003-2004
- Exodus: The Journey to Freedom
Labyrinth of Faith
- Creating Interfaith Community
video has three 20 minute segments with discussion guides.
Lutheran Church in America
Division of Global Mission
8765 West Higgins
Road, Chicago, IL 60631
1-800-638-3522, Ext. 6009
& Belief: Five Major World Religions
Knowledge Unlimited Inc.
P.O. Box 52
Madison, WI 53701
#: 5472VD / $59.95 plus $6.00 S&H
Contact: 800-356-2303 or 1-608-836-6660
video will help students understand and appreciate both what is unique and what
is common to five of the world's most historically significant religions - Judaism,
Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
The program presents brief
overviews of the nature, origin, common themes, and contrasting ideologies of
the five religions and stresses the importance and value of religion in the modern
The teacher's guide includes script, learning objectives, reproducible
activities, and bibliography.
Not In Our Town
$99.00 ($150 for the set of Not In Our Town I and II)
The Working Group
PO Box 10326
Oakland, CA 94610-0326
(Wed. and Thurs.)
NOT IN OUR TOWN is the inspiring documentary film about
the residents of Billings, Montana, who responded to an upsurge in hate violence
by standing together for a hate-free community.
In 1993, hate activities
in Billings reached a crescendo. KKK fliers were distributed, the Jewish cemetery
was desecrated, the home of a Native American family was painted with swastikas,
and a brick was thrown through the window of a six-year-old boy who displayed
a Menorah for Hanukkah.
Rather than resigning itself to the growing climate
of hate, the community took a stand. The police chief urged citizens to respond
before the violence escalated any further. Religious groups from every denomination
sponsored marches and candlelight vigils. The local labor council passed a resolution
against racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia. Members of the local Painters Union
pitched in to paint over racist graffiti. The local newspaper printed full-page
Menorahs that were subsequently displayed in nearly 10,000 homes and businesses.
The community made an unmistakable declaration: "Not in Our Town."
Since then, no serious acts of hate violence have been reported in Billings.
viewer guides are available at: http://www.pbs.org/niot/get_involved/
(web site will open in a new browser window).
New Religious Landscape
PBS / $15.00
PO Box 211
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
we the people of the United States include practitioners of many religious traditions.
All of them are challenged to come to terms with the new pluralism that now accompanies
America's historic commitment to religious freedom.
In this timely 60-minute
tape of selected segments from PBS's Religion and Ethics News Weekly Series,
Bob Abernathy presents stories about various religions, beliefs, and practices
in the U.S. today. Includes discussion guide.
Bridges of Understanding
Council of Churches
2715 K Street, Suite D
Sacramento, CA 95816
video is divided into sections dealing with 6 faiths and comes with a "Study
Guide for Congregations."
The video needs to be used carefully, because
its quality is not even. Its value lies in the commitment to allow the people
of a religion to give voice to their own religious tradition and in the inclusion
of many youthful voices. The voices are not always as informed or nuanced as one
might want as an educator. But pieces of it are very useful; for example, interviews
with kids and leaders at a Hindu summer camp.
Legacy of a Prophet
Studies School Service
Order # UP100V-UP3 / $29.95 (VHS)
the story of the 7th century merchant who changed world history in 23 years and
continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people today.
video creates a lively, thorough, and honest portrait of Muhammad, one that takes
viewers not only to ancient Arabian locations where Muhammad's story unfolded,
but also into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's seven million
Leading scholars and theologians round out the documentary with
insights and details about Muhammad, what he did, and why Muslims call him the
Lesson plans and overviews are available at: http://www.theislamproject.org/muhammad/muhammad_overview.htm
(web site will open in a new browser window).
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