World Religions Links-General

A map of the world, showing the major religions distributed in the world as of today. A different type of map which views only the religion as a whole excluding denominations or sects of the religions, and is colored by how the religions are distributed not by main religion of country etc. from Wikimedia
Belief Net This is an interactive and informative web page that offers such services as the Catholic Encyclopedia and information on different religions. Discussions on the modern issues regarding Catholics today are a major focus. This site is valuable to Catholic educators because the site recognizes the diversities of Catholics in the Church today. — Michelle Kim (Warning – Advertisements)
BBC: Religion and Ethics This site is entitled Religion & Ethics. It gives descriptions of most religions of the world, their places of worship, and Ethic Issues such as Abortion, Euthanasia, War, Marriage, Human Cloning, etc. in each of these religions. It is interesting to hear the views of the different religions.Included on this site as well are quizzes about World Religions, dates and origins of religious festivals all year round and historical civilisations. — Michaela Kraus
The Golden Rule Ways in which the Golden Rule is found in thirteen World Religions displayed on a poster produced by Scarboro Foreign Missions. Teaching Aids.
Encounter World Religions Centre Based in Guelph Ontario, Encounter World Religions Centre promotes religious literacy and informed understanding of cultural diversity. IT  is an educational organization that blends academic and experiential learning to foster encounters with the four P’s of religious communities: their people, places, practices and philosophies.
Institute for Catholic Education The Institute for Catholic Education (ICE) provides the official Religious Education curriculum for World Religions for Ontario Catholic schools.  Secondary Religious Education Curriculum Policy Document 2016  |   Grade 11 Faith and Culture (Open) Secondary Religious Resource. |.  Grade 11 Faith and Culture (University and College) Secondary Religious Resource 
Nostra Aetate The declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, Nostra Aetate, was proclaimed by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on October 28, 1965.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT)  This website will be helpful to those who teach the grade 11 World Religions course. The aim of this site is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding by emphasizing the common denominators underlying all religions and looking at the diversity of each of them. Within the site there are several sections that one can explore. There is a detailed section on the background information of the various world religions. Also, there is a section titled science and religion, spirituality and morality. In this section one can look at links related to religious motivated wars and 911 terrorism. This site is a good resource that promotes religious tolerance, freedom and understanding. It is extremely useful for teachers who want to bring current events into their classroom. This site gives a lot of background information on situations that the world experiences today (911) and makes the connection with the past. A lot of the problems the world encounters today, is a result of peoples intolerance of other religions hundreds of years ago.– J. Brennan
Prayers of Peace This website offers prayers of peace compiled from different world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism). Teachers could use this website to enhance their lessons when teaching about world religions or when praying for peace around the world.
Philtar Philtar is designed as a Subject Gateway to electronic sources and resources for teaching and learning in the academic areas of Philosophy, Theology and Religion.
Religions on the WWW – Scriptures of World Religions This is a great site which provides links to the English translations to the Scriptural writings and documents of the world’s religions. This is a fabulous and easy resource for students and teachers. In many cases there are several documents listed under each religion, which provides the reader with a wider selection of material. This is an excellent site to obtain scripture for any religion course, but in particular the new Grade 11 and old Grade 12 World Religions course. As well, this would be a fabulous resource to use for the opportunity to incorporate technology in a religion class, a chance for many to read the words of various faiths that would not be easily obtained for a classroom setting. -Danielle Madden
Religious Tolerance Their motto is that the study of the world’s religions will lead to an understanding of religious diversity. Understanding of religion will lead to inter-religious dialogue. Dialogue will lead to peace among religions. Peace among religions will lead to peace among the nations. This site is maintained by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Their site is an amazing resource that has many different religious views on topics ranging from inter-faith marriages to female genetal mutilation. Great for Intermediate and Senior grades! – Fabiana De Menech
Sacred Texts Archive “This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language.This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. Views expressed at this site are solely those of specific authors, and are not endorsed by sacred-texts. Sacred-texts is not sponsored by any religious group or organization.”-their website
World Prayers This web site offers prayers of celebrations, adorations, and meditations and in vocations. It includes prayers from different religions as well as for different cultures eg. African, Celtic, Christian, Confucianism and Native. It also allows the participant to suggest a prayer. This web site is useful for Catholic educators in expanding the experience of prayers for students through inclusion and respect. — Michelle Kim
Jesuit Resource Centre

Calendar of Religious Holy Days and Observances

Faith Traditions Videos

Interfaith Resources


Judaism | Christianity | Islam | Hinduism | Buddhism | Sikhism | Indigenous Spirituality

Ontario Curriculum Resources

Secondary Religious Education Curriculum Institute for Catholic Education 2016 (See above)

Rich Culminating Performance Tasks: Grade 11 World Religions CCC 2009

Course Profiles from the Institute for Catholic Education Grade 11 U/C Grade 11 O

See also the website that supports Novalis/Nelson’s World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective


Cumbria and Lancashire Education Online (CLEO) is one of 10 English Regional Broadband Consortia (RBCs) and is made up of Cumbria County Council and Lancashire County Council. Originally formed in 1998 the CLEO broadband network provides high quality private broadband network for all schools across Cumbria & Lancashire.

Their site (now archived) produced a series of useful videos for the teaching of World Religions from Elementary to Secondary.

  • Elementary  1 & 2
  • Secondary 1 & 2

PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly     Short clips on different aspects of World Religions.

TEDEd The five major world religions – John Bellamey

See also the website that supports Novalis/Nelson’s World Religions: A Canadian Catholic Perspective

Thanks to YCDSB teachers for their annotations.

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