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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

May 28, 2008

Ecumenical Survey

In his address Ut Unum Sint (That They May be One) Pope John Paul II continued the Church's promotion of ecumenism. The encyclical explains how individual and communal reformation, love, prayer, and dialogue should undergrid ecumenical efforts. It also reviews ecumenical efforts after the Decree on Ecumenism from the Second Vatican Council. Review the importance of ecumenical efforts with your students. You may wish to use this brief activity (taken from This Is Our Church):

Ecumenism is the spirit of love and understanding that seeks to achieve unity among Christians and the unity of all people everywhere. Each of us has our own part to play. Here are some actions that you can do to help foster Christian unity. Evaluate how well you are doing them:

1 — Very Good 2 — Okay 3 — Needs Improvement

_ I study my faith so I can explain it to others.

_ I pray for people of other denominations and other faiths.

_ I don’t negatively judge or look down on people of other faiths.

_ I get involved in service projects with people of other religions.

_ I share my beliefs with others when the opportunity presents itself.

_ I live my faith as a true witness to what I believe.

_ I study the Bible with people of other faiths.

_ I share prayer with people of other religions or faiths.

_ I refuse to make or listen to derogatory jokes about other religions or people of other faiths.

_ I welcome the opportunity to dialog with people of different faiths.

List some other ways you can work toward Christian unity.

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