Signposts – a guide to Religious and Intercultural Education

signpostssThe European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a resource centre for education professionals, researchers, civil society, policymakers, parents and students. This resource centre has made available an important document for policy and practice for teaching about religions and non-religious worldviews. A download link is given.

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A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools

wfdThe Westminster Faith Debates bring together leading academic and public figures to debate the latest research on religion and values. The debates have been funded by generous grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and Lancaster University. Here, we bring the summary of an ongoing Religious Education debate in the UK.

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Can Christianity learn from Buddhism?

mfasak1Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think.
One big critique, understandably, of postmodern views on Christian spirituality is that there’s too much time and energy spent deconstructing old systems and ways of thinking that need to be torn down or reimagined, while lacking the same effort to build up something more helpful — more Christ-like — in its place.

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Education and Security: The Challenge of Religious Diversity

tbffThe Tony Blair Faith Foundation and McGill University are delighted to announce an intensive training course entitled ‘Education and Security: The Challenge of Religious Diversity’. The course will take place in Montreal, Canada from 15-20 June and applications are currently welcomed from security, policy, education and development professionals and researchers. The course consists of a series of workshops which will explore policy options for countering religious extremism through effective education that promotes open-mindedness, understanding and dialogue within often complex faith-based and secular contexts.

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Interfaith and Education

iekidsThe Yogyakarta Regional Interfaith Dialogue stated, “We are of the view that the promotion of a culture of peace and acceptance based on relationships of justice should be promoted through education as a way to enrich dialogue.”

Successive Dialogues have expanded the role of Education in Interfaith: “that education at all levels and in various contexts can play a significant role in promoting interfaith understanding and cooperation;” education about religions in the curricula of all schools, the bringing together of educationalists to develop curricula to promote interfaith understanding and human rights from religious perspectives.

Regional Interfaith Dialogues have raised the importance of, and commitment to the collection and dissemination of best practice educational interfaith resources and activities in the region.

The aim is to educate the following groups of individuals:

  • Schools – Primary and Secondary school students
  • Undergraduate and Post-graduate students
  • Religious and Spiritual Leaders (as well as Intrafaith Education)
  • Community Groups (including youth and women, future interfaith leaders)

You can read more about initiatives in Interfaith and Education here