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‘There is more that unites us …’

Kim Leadbeater MBE is the Ambassador for the Jo Cox Foundation. After her sister Jo was murdered, she committed to a legacy of strong and compassionate communities. Here’s how.

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RE and justice: an interview with Jonathan Gullis MP and RE teacher Nkita Weldon

Jonathan Gullis is MP for Stoke North. His partner Nkita Weldon is a Head of RE in the Midlands. We interviewed them both about justice, anti-racism and equality issues.

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‘The greatest skill is to listen’

David Lammy was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in April 2020. He is MP for Tottenham.
Huw Spanner interviewed him on Skype for High Profiles.

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Revolutionary Jesus?

RE today interviewed Tom Holland about his work as a historian placing Jesus in his Roman context in his influential books Dominion and Revolutionary (see the extract on pages 8–9). Read this with your students and...

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Revolutionary: Augustus or Jesus?

Tom Holland, whose interview appears on the next two pages of REtoday, has given in his book Dominiona crystal-clear history of ways in which ‘Western’ civilisation still owes a huge debt to the Jesus of the...

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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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From the ‘Educationally Subnormal’ class to professor of theology

Robert Beckford is Professor of Religion and Culture in the African Diaspora in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in
Canterbury, Kent, and Visiting Professor...

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Don’t give up. RE matters!

Samira Ahmed is a BBC journalist and broadcaster, and presenter of The World Tonight and Front Row. She was a member of the Commission on RE that reported in 2018. REtoday asked her to reflect on some questions of...

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We are all beautiful

Comedian Russell Brand, interviewed by Paul Northrop at the Greenbelt Festival, gives a vivid account of his views on spiritual life, addiction, philosophy and more. Use it with your senior students to provoke a...

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‘A dangerous race for eternal economic growth’

Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol of the 1960s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of his time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest has added intrigue and...

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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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Who is responsible? Educating for ethical considerations of climate change

Dr Laura D’Olimpio, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham, argues for a broad-based moral investigation of climate change issues in RE. Laura edits the Journal of Philosophy in...

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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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Seven lives in seven books

It is easy for us educationalists to fetishise books. In and out of our conscious lives, books get everywhere: books for marking, books for research, books to write and – I hope – books for simple recreation. Since...
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Religion is emotional therapy

Stephen T. Asma offers a vision of a role for religion from a perspective of psychological health. ‘The Indian elephant is known sometimes to weep,’ Charles Darwin wrote Charles Darwin in 1872. ‘In the Zoological...
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Vision and insight: getting to the heart of RE around the world

It used to be prophets who had visions. Nowadays, vision means a little less. When we are asked what our ‘vision’ is for RE, we know that we are supposed to say what our intention is when teaching the subject. In...
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Swinburne’s theism

In this interview Professor Richard Swinburne defends his cumulative argument for the existence of God. We sourced some questions from A-level RS students and are so grateful to Richard for his profound engagement with...
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Flippant and profound:

It was amazing in the summer that tens of thousands of young poets from hundreds of schools entered our Spirited Poetry competition. NATRE felt that in order to properly judge the poems we needed a ‘real poet’ on...

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Hostility to religion: what does historical study tell us?

Professor Alec Ryrie presented the Gresham Lectures. Here he explores some issues about the representation of religion in the UK for the benefit of teachers of RE.

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Bold ambition: a life in RE

Kathryn Wright has been appointed CEO for the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, a major national sponsor and grant maker in the field of RE. We wanted to ask her about her life in RE.