1. This lesson is probably best done as one in a series of inquiries in the context of a study of comparative religion. In that context, the lesson can be introduced as yet another set of religious ideas to be understood, not necessarily practiced. Because the Episcopal Church in the U.S. has, over the past several decades, addressed several controversial issues, there are a series of options for research in this lesson, and the teacher should use judgment in selecting, or having students, select from the series.
2. Students can select from among the following projects, each of which offers research opportunities into the Episcopal Church in the United States. In all projects, the finished product should be a PowerPoint presentation, or a portfolio, showing the results of the research. The projects can be done individually, or in small groups. Creativity in presentation is definitely encouraged. Using the websites listed below, as well as other sites found by students, and by print materials as well, students should select one of the following:
Students can research a general history of the Episcopal Church in the U.S. from 1607.
Students can research the general organization and major beliefs of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.
Students can research the Presidents of the United States who were, and are, members of the Episcopal Church, with some speculation on if, or how, their religious affiliation affected their views as President.
Students can research the history of the Anglican Church in Europe and the World.
Students can research some of the art of the Episcopal Church, both historically and contemporaneously.
Students can research the history and debate about the ordination of women as priests in the Episcopal Church.
Students can research the history and debate about the ordination of gays and lesbians as priests in the Episcopal Church.
Students can research the history and work of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.