Sycamore Film 6: 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?'

The sixth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download: 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?'

Sycamore is a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings. It consists of ten films that explore some of the core questions often put to Christian believers: How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? It deals with topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible, the Christian Tradition, faith, prayer, love, vocation, and the purpose of life. People are invited to learn about the Christian faith, and to share their own ideas and questions without fear of being judged, in the context of a warm and welcoming community.

The programme is first of all a tool for 'primary evangelisation': to help those who have no Christian background or very little Christian commitment to explore the meaning of Christianity, and to meet with others who are also on a spiritual search. It will also be useful, however, as a tool for ongoing catechesis, when schools or parish catechetical groups wish to look at a particular topic. It is not by any means a complete programme of Christian formation, but the films could form one block in a larger catechetical course. Each film is broken down into four short sections.

Each section has some input, followed by a discussion question, together with interviews ('vox pops') of people responding to these questions. The film is then paused to allow the group to discuss the given topic; and then re-started for the next section. Sycamore is designed in this way so that it can be used with minimal effort and minimal planning: the input, the discussion questions and the vox pops are all part of the package; and the videos are all available free of charge to download or to watch online.

Sycamore was developed in a Catholic context, and it touches on some themes that will be especially important for Catholic communities, such as the relationship between the Bible and the Christian Tradition, the importance of the sacraments, the relationship between the faith of the individual believer and the faith of the Church, and the link between the work of the Holy Spirit and the teaching and moral vision of the Church. But it is a programme that reflects the wisdom of the broad Christian tradition, and it will be a useful tool for Christians from different traditions and backgrounds.

Watch and download Sycamore film 6, 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?' here:

Tags: Fr Stephen Wang, Sycamore

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