Theory and practice
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REAL PEOPLEREAL OPINIONS: Real Voices

We asked people questions to get them thinking about their perspectives on values and ethics. You might want to use these personal, real-life reflections in your RE lessons, or perhaps invite pupils to respond to the...

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Real voices

In keeping with our theme of messy religions and worldviews, we sought contributions from people whose beliefs and ways of living do not fit neatly into the traditional categories we often refer to in RE. Here they...

For the classroom 11-14
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Digging deep and untangling text: teaching Genesis 1 to Year 7

In the summer of 2022 I read The Bible With and Without Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler (HarperOne 2020), which inspired me to re-vamp our unit on Genesis and the environment for our Year 7 spring term....

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‘What are stories of creation?’ How I used a NATRE resource to introduce younger learners to diverse perspectives 

Last year I attended the Excellent RE course run by Adam Robertson in which we began to look at multidisciplinary RE. In the sessions, we looked at different ways of knowing and how they might be explored with pupils....

Opinion
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Can Christianity hold its own within a worldviews paradigm for RE? 

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port is a member of the House of Lords. Now retired from active ministry, he served as President of the Methodist Conference in the 1990s. He is also known for his work as a politician, author...

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What’s worth celebrating?

We asked members of different faith and belief communities a set of questions about their own lives of celebration. Here Buddhist, Bahá’í, Christian, Sikh and Muslim respondents explain what celebration means for...

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What might make God proud? 

Aisling Joinson teaches in Wrexham, and wanted her class of 7–9s to think for themselves about the creation story of Jewish and Christian scripture in Genesis 1.

For the classroom 11-16
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Jerusalem: a mosaic of cultures and identities

Mohammed Ali Amla, Youth & Partnerships Director, offers an introduction to the education charity Solutions Not Sides.

Editorial
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Religion and RE: yesterday and tomorrow 

RE is a subject with a past and a future, linked in all kinds of ways. Our communities press our governments across the UK to change the subject to be better suited to learning in the coming decade.

For the classroom 11-16
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Stacey Dooley’s ways of knowing: lived religion on the BBC 

Tim Hutchings is Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Nottingham. Céline Benoit is Associate Dean for Public Engagement in the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University and a...

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Inside a faith

This term’s theme of pilgrimage and the journey of life led us to invite people from different communities to answer a set of questions from the perspective of their religion or worldview. The same seven questions...

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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...

For the classroom 5-11
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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.

For the classroom 5-11
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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...

Opinion
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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...

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...