WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This video clip from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly highlights the baptism ceremony and how it is practiced in different Christian denominations. In the Roman Catholic Church, baptizing infants is essential because it represents the forgiveness of original sin, conversion to the faith and a relationship with God in the afterlife. In Baptist churches, baptism is observed by adults when they are ready to identify as followers of Jesus Christ and profess the faith. A transcript, background essay and discussion questions support the video.


WEB VIDEO & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly examines the religious practice of confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church. During this Catholic Christian sacrament, adolescents accept full membership into the Catholic Church, proclaiming loyalty to the faith and their transformation into morally responsible adults. The rite is executed after participants complete a lengthy period of religious instruction. A transcript, background essay, and discussion questions support the video.

Geographic Spread of Christianity

WEB LESSON Research Christianity, Judaism and Paganism, and identify cities Paul visited in the Roman Empire. Examine descriptive sources associated with one of these cities, and complete paragraphs from the perspective of one that had an encounter with Paul. This lesson uses the video "Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution."

Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays

WEB LESSON This lesson is focused mostly on holidays that represent and commemorate Mexico's religious traditions, and culture. The cultural holidays celebrated by Mexico today exemplify the synthesis of ancient Mexican religion and Catholicism. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe) is a Catholic celebration of the appearance of the Virgin Mary to an Indian man in the first years of Spanish rule. The Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) is a celebration that has developed out of a combination of indigenous and Catholic rituals for honoring the deceased. MS