Social Justice Sunday School Curriculum?

December 6, 2007 at 4:33 am (Social Justice) (, , , , )

Does anyone know where I can find a preschool or elementary age sunday school curriculum that has social justice as an integral part?  I am also looking for a more authentic religious education/sunday school curriculum – I have recently started letting Sab go to Sunday school ( I am freaked about letting him go, and of course he LOVED it when he went) and I want to be able to talk with him more about all the cute-sy bible stories he will hear in a more authentic way.  i.e. Noah’s ark not really about animals on parade, the story of Joseph really had little to do with a rainbow coat.  I want to help him understand these stories in a way that relates to our life, relates to the way God wants to interact with us and wants us to interact with others and help him see further into those stories than what the mainstream curriculums will teach – but I need help doing that in an age appropriate and engaging to a preschooler way.  Not really sure I want to completely dive into God’s wrath and the dessimation of the world, but I feel we do our kids a huge disservice by making these stories about cute animals on parade.  If we do not feel our kids our ready/old enough to hear the true story of Noah then why not just not tell it until they are ready – why cutsy it up into something it has very little to do with?  Then we expect them to unravel all that later and deconstruct it and come out with an authentic relationship.  As Chelsea, a pastor’s wife once said to me (before I had a kid and had given any thought to this) I don’t want my 3 year old daughter running around saying “Jesus is my best friend”. – until it could be a statement about genuine relationship not just some cutsy regurgitated meaninglessness that will one day have to be explained why it was different than their imaginary best friend, and the monster in the closet.

So blah blah – does anyone know if something like this exists maybe at an “emerging” church or perhaps a mainline denomination – I can ‘t be the only person who has wanted something more.

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5 Comments

  1. editor said,

    If you find something good, let me know.

    I honestly have found that when you just read the stories as they are in a version with language they understand, the questions they ask, the observations they make will lead you to authenticity. It’s a process that is seen over the various developmental stages. We tend to underestimate kids. They have a greater ability to handle the truth than what we give them credit for. Preschool – again, I think just getting familiar with the stories and watching your relationship with Jesus. I agree, we may be doing them a disservice by making it all cute for them if for entertainment and cuteness we sacrifice the truth.

    PreSchool Noah’s Ark: Noah did something just because God said. Because of that, he got to see all of creation up close. (well, and he got to live) God was true to His word, He did what He said He would do. We should know that God is serious about His words.

    …by the time that the kids start wondering what happened to everyone else, they will ask on their own. -and the will if they have space for that. 😀

    I don’t have it all figured out for certain. So, if you find something out there let me know. 🙂

  2. juli said,

    1.

    If you find something good, let me know.

    I honestly have found that when you just read the stories as they are in a version with language they understand, the questions they ask, the observations they make will lead you to authenticity. It’s a process that is seen over the various developmental stages. We tend to underestimate kids. They have a greater ability to handle the truth than what we give them credit for. Preschool – again, I think just getting familiar with the stories and watching your relationship with Jesus. I agree, we may be doing them a disservice by making it all cute for them if for entertainment and cuteness we sacrifice the truth.

    PreSchool Noah’s Ark: Noah did something just because God said. Because of that, he got to see all of creation up close. (well, and he got to live) God was true to His word, He did what He said He would do. We should know that God is serious about His words.

    …by the time that the kids start wondering what happened to everyone else, they will ask on their own. -and the will if they have space for that. 😀

    I don’t have it all figured out for certain. So, if you find something out there let me know. 🙂

  3. solomom said,

    Ah yes my editor -thanks for the post. So can I just run each weeks story by you and then you can give the synopsis to pass along to Sabastian. I know-you could ghost write my God conversations with my son for me!! you are off the hook this week because the weather was crappy so we went to the late service and skipped Sunday school. In case you need a heads up next week is Luke 2:10, the angel visits Joseph in a dream. Should we stone someone to help him understand the punishment for pre-marital sex and adultery – or not so much? Working in an STD clinic and stuffing condoms in everyone’s pockets all the time – I don’t want him to get a mixed message.
    Maybe we should make a curriculum – I would even let YOU put YOUR name on it – in really fine print, buried underneath the endorsements from God , Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa – don’t argue with me- I know she’s dead but she WOULD have endorsed the curriculum, and I don’t want to hear it or I’ll take your name back off… But lets see how your ghost writing on the project goes before we get carried away with where your name will go on the curriculum. And yes you can be the editor-sheesh.

  4. barbara said,

    I love Seasons of the Spirit (www.spiritseasons.com).

  5. Amy said,

    I am a member of a very progressive United Methodist Church in Detroit and I have been writing curriculum for our Sunday School for many years. I would love to help you out in fact I have been wanting for a long time to publish my work but don’t know where to start. If you would like some ideas/lessons email me and let me know what you need. I would be happy to help. My email address is msamy32@aol.com.

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