Birth / Initiation Ceremonies
--> Baptism. Holy water on forehead.
--> Boys circumsicised, girls named in synagogue
--> Bar Mitzvah (aged 13, for Boys) / Bat Mitzvah (aged 12, for girls)
These help remind people of past events, and strengthen their beliefs.
--> Easter. Chocolate eggs given symbolise new life.
--> Passover. Remembers God saving the Jews from the Egyptians who had enslaved them
Problems of religious life/beliefs for young people:
--> Peer pressure
--> Marginalisation - Feeling left out due to spending so much time with religious activities
--> Generation gap - Young people pressured to follow their religion as their parents do
--> Empowerment, purpose and belonging.
Ensure young people understand religion, through:
--> RS lessons
--> School assemblies
War & Peace
Peace: A state where war does not exist
Justice: Where a state of fairness exists (People treated equally)
Sanctity of life
Meaning: Life is a sacred, God-given gift. All violence opposes the sanctity of life
Christianity: "Your body is a temple of God... surely you know God's spirit lives within you"
Judaism: "Do not kill"
Types of warfare/conflict
Conventional, nuclear, chemical, terrorism etc.
Meaning: If the war…