A few months ago I stumbled upon a pretty awesome video series from the the Soulpancake youtube channel. If you aren't familiar with Soulpancake, I highly recommend you check it out-- they are the folks that brought us Kid President and have a ton of really awesome, thought provoking videos on a number of topics, many of which are useful in youth ministry from everything to discussion starters to worship illustrations, etc.
One such video series is called 'Have a Little Faith' and it features a guy named Zach Anner who has been questioning what it means to have faith. He doesn't come from any specific faith tradition, and so he is curious to explore what faith is all about from the individual perspective of a member of a faith group. So he heads out to learn what he can about what it means to be Muslim, Hindu, Mormon, Atheist, Quaker, Baptist, Baha'i and many more. Each video is about 10 min long and gives us just a short glimpse into the life and perspective on one member of this faith tradition (who doesn't attempt to speak for everyone in that tradition, but just gives a little insight on what it means to be faithful.) We see Zach as he learns through building relationships, and we get a little bit better of a picture of faith as a whole.
I've been quite intrigued with these videos, and I thought, 'Hey, we could totally do something with these with our youth!' So, I decided to do a short Sunday School video series with some of the videos. We picked 5 (because that's how many weeks we had available), and I put together a simple curriculum that highlighted a different faith tradition each week, that talked about some of the facts about each faith, and included discussion questions that arose from the content of the video. Our youth had a great time and enjoyed the conversations and learnings from the series.
So, as any good youth leader would do, here is the curriculum-- feel free to use, adapt, share, etc. Let me know if you liked it, and if you want more 'episodes', I can work on some-- or if you decide to do some on your own, feel free to pass them along!