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Anti-Racism: An Opinion Piece

‘Anti-racism’ seems to be the trendy phrase of the moment. For some, this is
all rooted in a well-meaning passion for change, and for others it’s a phrase
that brings division, politics and uproar....

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Covenants within the context of Covid-19: an RE contribution to family wellbeing

God says: ‘I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth’ – Genesis 9:13 (NIV).

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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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What use is RE in the lockdown? Space for pupils to think deeply about a crisis

Hannah Tomlinson is Head of RE at Hindley High School, Wigan. Her Year 8 pupils worked on the BBC resource ‘V is for Virtue’ during the lockdown. Evie, 13, one of her young thinkers, wrote this after considering...

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What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain? Talking about identity in the classroom

In an article for Professional REflection in REtoday, Jenny Berglund and Bill Gent suggested using ‘three Bs’ to think of the interconnected, overlapping dimensions of religious identity: believing, belonging...

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Beauty in diversity: embedding anti-racist practices through RS

The growth of RS at the Winstanley School in Leicester has been an exciting journey that began nearly four years ago. I was recruited as Head of RS across the LiFE Multi- Academy Trust, which involved the brief of...

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Wesley’s Manifesto for Change

The New Room at Bristol, where John Welsey's anti-slavery preaching started a riot, is a great place to take pupils for an RE visit, but even if they can't make the trip, this activity opens up connections between...

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Changing the world towards peace and justice: The life of Paul Cuffe (1759–1817) Simon Webb

As a teenager, Paul Cuffe (pronounced ‘Cuffee’) lived on his family’s farm in Massachusetts, USA, but he had a feeling that he wasn’t going to spend his whole life farming. The Atlantic Ocean was right on his...

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Social distance and good learning in RE: ten ideas for your pupils to keep them active

Many teachers are finding it hard to maintain an engaging, provocative and active curriculum in RE under socially distanced classroom conditions. Here are ten ideas from the Editor to adapt for your classroom, hall or...

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The ‘Stop, Take a Look & Listen’ RE project –part of a bigger community, better together

Cheshire East has few faith communities other than Christianity. Following the Manchester Arena bombings (2017), where pupils, parents and governors from Cheshire East schools were directly affected, teachers reported...

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Complex webs of identity in RE

In 2006, I was lucky enough to travel to Japan. My hosts were keen to understand more about the UK and British culture. We talked about many things – Shakespeare, the Queen, the history of the Tower of London –...

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The Night of Power: a key moment in Islam

Islamic identity and values are here interpreted by 9-year-olds from Riverside School, Bermondsey, with non-figurative art and help from the British Library’s amazing online collection of Muslim sacred texts in the...

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Identities: same and different, explored through an RE-day experience

Would you like to explore questions about community, values and respect with your 6–8s? Here are ideas for an RE day based upon the theme of this issue of REtoday: identities. Pupils often benefit from an intensive...

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10 ways to work with 4–7s on identity and belonging in RE

RE for Early Years pupils and infants needs active and thought-provoking ways of connecting learning about religions to experience. Here are ten suggestions that have questions of identity and belonging, our theme for...

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Turning a vision for RE into Reality

Matthew Lane describes the impact of his whole-school approach to better RE: subject leaders in primary schools will find much to ponder here.

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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...

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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...