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Daring to Dialogue Responding to Sectarianism and Difference in Scotland through Catholic Social Teaching

Course Outline

Time Required
Session 1: Lecture

Professor Tom Devine on ‘Anti-Catholicism in Scotland since 1900’

 

1.5 hrs
Session 2: Introducing Ourselves and Sharing our Stories

Story of my Name

What is it? Who gave you it? Why were you given it? (religious, cultural reasons?) What is its   significance/meaning? Were you named after someone, family member, someone famous? Any special ceremony or ritual in naming?

Photo Language

Share with participants images from One Scotland, Many Cultures. Do the images capture that notion? Is this notion real? Invite participants to choose a photo that speaks to them either in agreement or not. Ask them to speak to their photos.  

1.5 hrs
Session 3: Social Analysis

The Cocoon Exercise taken from Partners Training for Transformation Resource Network

Personal exercise to make connections between individual’s experience and the larger structures of society. Participants are asked to reflect back on their life and identify key events and experiences which brought them to an awareness of the “ideological cocoon” in which they live. They are asked to locate themselves at these times in terms of family, socio-economic class, education, religion, peer group and other formative influences. They are then asked to describe any experiences of ‘breaking through the cocoon’ and to think about the energy behind the breakthrough and any energy opposed to it (e.g. global, national, historical events, family, schooling, religion, social group, work, individuals, reading, workshops, media). Facilitators share their own cocoon stories as an introduction to the exercise.

1.5 hrs
Session 4: Contextual Bible Study

Session to explore how we differentiate, categorise, and ‘label’ among individuals and groups we   encounter both individually and collectively. The Bible story of the Women at the Well was used to explore personal and Church experiences of difference both positive and negative and attempt to arrive at a clearer understanding of ‘otherness’ from a Gospel perspective that both protects the integrity of individual and group beliefs while nurturing the safe identification, naming and celebration of difference.

1.5 hrs
Session 5: Catholic Social Teaching and the Mission of the Church

This session provided a broad sweep introduction to the Church’s Social Doctrine. It identified the major themes in Catholic Social Teaching which include: Life and Dignity of the Human   Person; Community and Participation; Care for Creation; Dignity in Work; Peace & Reconciliation; Solidarity & Subsidiarity;Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable. Participants named injustices locally, nationally and globally and explored what Catholic Social Teaching has to say about them. Participants also considered where sectarianism and anti-Catholicism would fall within the main Catholic Social Teaching themes linking through to   Conforti’s mission to promote dialogue and collaboration.

 

Further information and materials on Catholic Social Teaching

1.5 hrs
Session Six: Conflict Resolution Skills

This session explored participants’ own attitudes to conflict and difference and introduced   conflict resolution skills. Emphasis was placed on the gospel message of peace being about  reconciling differences within ourselves and in our own lives. Three common behaviours in   dealing with conflict were explored: aggressive, passive and assertive behaviour. The session focused on how to use assertive behaviour to reach a win/win outcome and participants tried out the win/win approach by applying the principles involved to conflict scenarios they had personally experienced.

Further information and materials on conflict resolution and transformation are available from the Conflict Resolution Network

1.5 hrs
Session Seven: Evangelii Gaudium and the Mission of the Church

 

This session explored the most recent Papel Document Evangelii Gaudium with special emphasis on the social dimension of evangelisation. It explored what would need to change in Scotland to respond to the challenge presented by the Pope’s words and invited participants to consider the challenges which sectarianism, anti-Catholicism and anti religious feeling present to Catholic Christians and the Catholic community in dialoguing in the Scottish context.

Material for this session was taken from Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, Catholic Truth Society, 2013 The entire document is available on the Vatican’s Website.

 

1.5 hrs

Reading

Divided Scotland

Divided Scotland

ISBN-13: 978-1908931283
The Sectarianism Myth in Scotland

The Sectarianism Myth in Scotland

ISBN-13: 978-1403921673
Scotland’s Shame

Scotland’s Shame

ISBN-13: 978-1840183306
Sectarianism in Scotland

Sectarianism in Scotland

ISBN-13: 978-0748619115
Conflict Transformation

Conflict Transformation

ISBN-13: 978-1561483907
Moving Beyond Sectarianism

Moving Beyond Sectarianism

ISBN-13: 978-1856073189
The Moral Imagination

The Moral Imagination

ISBN-13: 978-0199747580

Online Resources

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