Daily Lessons for Teaching Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America

Mel White
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter One, In the Beginning—The Ghost of Silence)

Objective

Chapter One, In the Beginning--The Ghost of Silence

Mel White considers himself a child of the Religious Right, raised in evangelical nondenominational churches by an incredibly devout family, always in the thick of the evangelical movement. The objective of this lesson is to look at religion.

Lesson

1) Homework: Have the students research on religion and society. What is religion? How did it evolve? What purpose does it have? How many major religions are there in the world? Write a paper on the findings.

2) Group Work: Divide the students into groups. Have each group research one of the major religions of the world. This would include the history, main religious holidays, and the primary tenets of each religion. In the class as a whole, compare how the religions are similar and how they differ.

3) Class Discussion: Is religion necessary to human societies? How has religion been a...

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