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  Echoing the Word July 2014  
  Vol. 13 No. 3, 2014 The Call of the Prophets    
Prophets and the Prophetic Call
In this feature article Dr Laurie Woods, looks at the prophetic call in the Bible. Prophets are propelled by divine inspiration that stems from their close relationship with God. They are in tune with the signs of their time and call the people to live in “right relationship” with God, other people and the whole of creation.
 Editorial
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Editorial
The prophets reminded Israel of their covenant relationship with God. We need prophets to continuously remind us how to live in right relationship with God, ourselves, other people and the whole of creation. Prophets who challenge us to act justly, love kindness and walk humbly with God.
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 Reviews & Resources
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Children's Literature
Jan Grajczonek reviews King Pig by Nick Bland, Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan, and Jandamarra by Mark Greenwood and Terry Denton.
 
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Resources for Religious Education
Sharon Freeman reviews Becoming Catholic – A Practical Guide for Families by Kath Horan, Handbook for Adaptive Catechesis: Serving Those with Special Needs by Michele E. Chronister and Open Minds, Faithful Hearts: Reflections on Following Jesus by Pope Francis.
 
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 Social Justice
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Prophetic Movements
Peter Arndt looks at prophetic movements. He begins with two which have touched him personally, L’Arche Brisbane and Believing Women for a Culture of Peace, before naming other movements which could be introduced to students in religious education.
 
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 For the Catechist
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Catechists as Prophets
Pina Ford, uses a short story by H. G. Wells to reflect on the nature of prophet. She then looks at the catechist as prophet. Like prophets, catechists are enticed to the role through their openness to God.
 
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Teaching Tips: Using Big Books in your Catechist Lesson
Michele Purcell, looks at how Big Books can be used in the religion lesson. She uses the story of Jonah to presents sample questions for class discussion and exploration.
 
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 Music
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Ten Tips when Selecting Music for Liturgy and Religious Education
PART 2
In this second of his two part article, Peter Olley continues to explore criteria for selecting music for liturgy and the religious education classroom.
 
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 Movies
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Noah
Jan Epstein reviews the movie Noah, the epic movie based on the biblical story of Noah.
 
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 Religious Literacy
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Parents as Prophets
Paige Bullen reflects on how parents can be prophetic. Using Micah 6:8 she offers a series of questions that might assist in helping parents raise children who do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with their God.
 
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Teaching Young Students about the Prophets
Jan Grajczonek sets out a process for teaching young students about the prophets. She uses children’s literature (King Pig by Nick Bland) to explore the call of the prophet to remind everyone to live the covenant relationship.
 
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  Scripture
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Imaging an Imageless God in the Prophets
Stuart Moran explores the some images of God presented by the prophets. For the prophets of the Bible the least inadequate images of God were to be found in humanity, particularly in images that showed a deeply loving relationship.
 
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  Theology
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Our Prophetic Vocation
Tony Densley reminds us that in baptism Catholics are called to be prophets. Prophets are called to proclaim the truth, live the truth and to hear the truth wherever and by whomever it is proclaimed. We have a long tradition of prophetic action to guide us in this calling.
 
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  Liturgies & Activities
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A Ritual Celebrating the Prophets of Old and Prophets of our Time
Jennifer Callanan suggests a process for exploring the prophets and a ritual for celebrating prophets. The ritual reminds students that prophets are not restricted to biblical times but are present in every generation.
 
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I am Kind
Anne Victor presents an activity that helps develop the understanding of kindness as an expression of love. Jesus invites people to act with kindness. The activity finishes with a challenge to fill a bucket with kindness.
 
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Prophets of the Bible
Paul Taouk presents a poster listing the prophets of the Bible. The prophets are divided into Former, Latter, Minor and Major Prophets.
 
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The Prophet Amos
Is His Message Relevant Today?
Beth Nolen presents a scaffold for students to investigate the prophet Amos. Students are encouraged to explore the life and message of Amos and evaluate his relevance for people today.
 
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The Prophets
The prophets were prayerful people who listened to God. Anne Victor’s activity helps students reflect on ways they can listen to God, speak to God and act according to God’s will.
 
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What is a Propehet? Can I be a Prophet?
Beth Nolen uses six key questions to help students understand the role of prophets. Students explore what messages prophets may have for people today by reflecting on how God might want them to behave in response to some of the current realities in today’s world.
 
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  Using Technology in R.E.
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Web Tools for Learning and Teaching About Scripture
James Robinson, suggests a range of web tools useful for the religious education classroom. He looks at Block Posters, Tag Galaxy, Haiku Deck, Tagxedo, Fakebook, Weebly, Storyjump and Little Bird Tales.
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