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Researching the religions and worldviews in RE: perspectives from inside a faith/worldview

Each issue of REtoday includes a set of pages from different writers to help RE teachers understand insider views. This issue is about RE and research, and we invited responses to the questions below from...

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The Trinity in lockdown

During lockdown in February 2021, Years 3 and 4 were looking at a module on Christianity. To support our virtual learning and because we could not visit churches to help with our understanding, I asked local Anglican...

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Encouragement: the example of St Barnabas made relevant to today’s school needs

Using a biblical story and a song to explore the value of encouragement across your whole school might help your pupils to find the positive in tough times. RE with a strong values connection.

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Trinity: a big idea and some simple ways to promote deepening understanding

Katie Gooch, who teaches in East Anglia, wanted to enable her 7–8s to understand the importance of the idea of Trinity in relation to Christianity. Her learning ideas, in which children work as researchers, could be...

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Interview with Archbishop Stephen, and learners’ letters

When you were writing Dear England, did you think about young people engaging with this idea of a letter to the country?

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Inside a faith

We invited people from different religions and worldviews to respond to some questions about this term’s theme of ‘religion and justice’. Why not give the questions we asked to your students and ask them to...

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Racism is Everywhere but so is Hope

Revd Dr Joel Edwards was the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance from 1997 until 2009.

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Four interviews with trans Christians: exploring identity in faith and gender

In this issue of REtoday, themed around identities, we are very glad to have some thoughtful reflections from transgender Christians, considering what it means to identify differently from your birth gender and to do...

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Activist Catholic parishes in the United States and Indonesian eco-jihad: research and critique in religion and climate issues

Professor Robin Veldman is an interdisciplinary environmental studies scholar. Her research examines how religious beliefs and cultural identity shape attitudes toward nature. With methodologies from religious studies...

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A brief guide to the Book of Job

Dr John Bimson was a tutor in Old Testament Studies at Trinity College Bristol. He argues that the Book of Job provides a resource for reflection on reasons why it may be unwise to take an anthropocentric view of our...

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Greener religion for infants?

Fiona Moss, NATRE CEO, suggests six ways to enable green thinking in RE for 4–7s.

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L is for Lifestyle

Ruth Valerio’s popular book L is for Lifestyle (IVP 2019, revised edition) is an A–Z of 26 short chapters about Christian green activism. REtoday asked Ruth for an article that would help young people to see how...

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‘Greening’ celebrations

Julia Diamond-Conway, RE Adviser with RE Today, shares some ideas for the classroom based upon the fact that religions are seeking greener practices around key festivities.

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What does it look like to green a school from a Christian vision?

Headteacher Imogen Lavelle and Deputy Tamsin Moore-Jaunaii wanted to use the impetus of the Pope’s encyclical letter Laudato Si’ about our care for the Earth as our common home to transform their primary school...

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Seven days before the end: ‘And man said …’

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This is a story about humankind’s treatment of the Earth since the Industrial Revolution. It is adapted from an unknown source. Compare it with the story of God creating the world in...

For the classroom 11-16
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When Greta Thunberg met Pope Francis

This activity is simple, flexible and potentially profound. A part of good RE around green issues is to consider whether religions have a part to play in climate justice and responding to the climate crisis, and to...

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5 ways to teach climate change

David G. Kibble, a retired RE teacher, suggests learning activities for your 11–16s. There is an extended version of this article on the RE Today members’ website.

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Positive Christian engagement with green issues

The Revd Dr Dave Bookless is a former RE teacher. He has lived in multicultural Southall for nearly 30 years, writes and speaks widely, and loves running, Indian food, good wine and wild places.

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Is this our final hour? Or will it be our finest?

REtoday is very glad to have this interview with Jonathan Bartley, Co-Leader of the UK Green Party. Read it with your students and consider the questions at the end of the article. If you send their responses to us...

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George Monbiot, sacred cows and fundamental change

Other REtoday readers will have been struck, as I have, by the way secular commentators on climate change invoke biblical apocalyptic to support their political arguments. Take, for example, Guardian columnist and...