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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...

Opinion
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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.

For the classroom 11-19
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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...

Opinion
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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...

Opinion
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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.

For the classroom 7-16
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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...

For the classroom 7-16
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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...

For the classroom 11-16
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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...

The big picture
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THE BIG PICTURE The future of Miami – and our own cities

Show the picture to your pupils and ask them in pairs to discuss what it might show, and what the photo-artist might be thinking about. It is a ‘made up’ photo, by Nikolay Lamm, based on the prediction that global...

Theory and practice
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Sacred landscapes and philosophical gardens: RE as a response to climate change

The world is dealing with two huge crises at the moment. We have the immediate crisis caused by Covid-19 and the continuing ecological crisis caused by greenhouse gases, and we know that young people have increasingly...

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If the Earth were only a metre in diameter …

Read this poem (is it a poem?) aloud with your class, and then look at Amelia’s responses to it. She is 12.

Research
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Research update

This research update is particularly useful for secondary school teachers as it focuses on resources for the A level and GCSE that are based on current research. The first article discusses the unique contributions...

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Green religions? Perspectives from world faiths and viewpoints for your students

This issue of REtoday focuses on themes around green issues, environmentalism and climate justice. Our religions and worldviews are rich in exploring these issues and the relation of humanity to the natural world. We...