Great insight from CARFLEO’s friend, Joe Sinasac of Novalis. In paraphrasing Jean Vanier he writes, “the way to engage non-believers in an exploration of faith was to start not with doctrine, but with beauty. In this, Christianity has blessed the world with an astonishing over-abundance through the centuries. Only after we have touched their souls and their hearts do we begin to deal with intellectual matters.” It well may be that this approach is valuable in our approach to Religious and Family Life Education in our schools.
Les Miller is the former Religious Education Coordinator of the York Catholic District School Board and the recipient of the CARFLEO 2009 Archbishop Pocock Award for Excellence in Religious Education. He teaches at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is a well-respected presenter and workshop facilitator.