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  • 1. Developing an Institutional Interdenominational Faith-Formation Program Using the Bottom-up Approach
    Project Leader
    Director, Office of Information & Publications
    Silliman University | Philippines

2. Team Members
Dr. Muriel Montenegro, Dean, Divinity School
Prof. Lily Apura, Chair, Religious Studies Program
Ms. Sharon DadangRafols, Peace Education Coordinator,Justice and Peace Center
3. Background
Sillimans diverse student profile (geographical & religious distribution)
5 Cs of Silliman education | FIRE (Faith, Instruction, Research, Extension)
Religion as an institutional course requirement
Religious freedom on campus
4. Approaches | Assumptions
Bottom-Up Approach
Students are treated as experts; reverses traditional thought: one-way mentoring (teacher >>> student)
Perception is reality
Alternative Packaging
Use of non-conventional, non-threatening ways of engagement and of stimulating the teaching-learning process
Capitalizes on creativity; receptive to limitations
5. Objective 1
Provide an open space for discussion among students from at least three religious denominations represented in the University on their own religions and other peoples religions
Methods utilized:
alternative packaging (paintings, play, dance, songs)
Online/Digital tools
6. Objectives 2
Develop a collective understanding of religion by drawing up from the discussions commonalities and differences among religions in presenting what will be identified as actual and/or potential areas of conflict or tension among religions;
7. Objective 3
Serve as basis for the Justice and Peace Center to come up with an interdenominational faith-formation program specifically targeted at continuing dialogues on the role of religion in the life of students and the community, in fostering domestic and international peace
Production of a material that incorporates:
8. Implementation
Phase 1
Preliminary orientation
Phase 2 Theme: Me, Myself & My Faith Community
Objective / Expectation Setting
Tell Your Story
Dialogue / Team Dynamics
9. Participants
13 student-participants
8 countries: Philippines, China (Tibet), Iran, Italy, Jordan, Korean, Nigeria, USA
4 religions: Buddhism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism
10. Painting
11. Painting
12. Painting
13. Painting
14. Dialogue
What is the meaning (and role) of your religion in your life?
What is unique in your religion?
Is there a characteristic in your religion similar to other religions? If yes, what are these?
How do you refer to your creator?
What about your religion (song, text, gesture, symbol) that you want to share with the group?
How do you look at peace in your religion?
Do you think your religion can work with other religions in achieving peace? How? In what ways?
15. Dialogue
16. Painting
17. Painting
18. Painting
19. Painting
20. Painting
21. Painting
22. Painting
23. Painting
24. Painting
25. Painting
26. Painting
27. Painting
28. Painting
29. Implementation
Phase 3Theme: Me & The World
4 Topics:
Gender Equality
30. Implementation
Phase 4
31. Deliverables
Module & Guide
32. Lets Connect
Daghangsalamat(Thank you very much)!

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