Reflections by Religious Education Teachers on Character

Teacher giving lessonThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, based at the University of Birmingham conducted two surveys of Religious Education teachers about their faith and the impact of Religious Education on the character formation of students, as well as the faith (or non-faith) of the Religious Education teachers. What follows is reflections and excerpts from this report.

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Religious Education Teachers and Student’s Character

Religious Education Teachers and Student's CharacterThe Jubilee Centre has published Religious Education Teachers and Character: Personal Beliefs and Professional Approaches. The aim of the research was to explore Religious Education (RE) teacher’s worldviews and their approaches to promoting pupils’ character growth in Religious Education.
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Interfaith Resources for Primary Teachers

Interfaith Resources for Primary Teachers


The Inter Faith Network for the UK has taken the opportunity during Interfaith Week (in the UK) to launch a special new resource for primary schools. It is designed to help increase pupils’ understanding of, and skills for, interfaith encounter, dialogue and action. It focuses on learning about real examples of inter faith engagement, including in their areas.

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Freedom of Religion and Belief – Written Resources

The Freedom of Religion or Belief Learning Platform provides resources to help individuals, communities and decision-makers learn, reflect upon and promote freedom of religion or belief for all. It includes resources for personal study and for educators and facilitators to use in group trainings. The core resources have been developed in dialogue with specialists and with reference people from a range of religious and belief backgrounds.

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NSW: Hinduism Classes in State Schools

Hindu Council of Australia logoSpecial religious education (SRE) is education in the beliefs and practices of an approved religious persuasion. Under the NSW Education Act 1990, s. 32, government schools allow time for special religious education. It is delivered by authorised representatives of approved religious groups to students who have nominated that religion. The Hindu Council of Australia is approved to deliver SRE in State Schools.
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‘Sustainability Book’ offers Christian perspective on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Online Sustainability BookA new publication, The Sustainability Book offers online texts and resources about the Sustainable Development Goals for use by congregations, gatherings, and individuals.
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Welcoming Each Other – Interfaith Education for Schools

Welcoming Each Other - Interfaith Education for Schools‘Welcoming Each Other: Guidelines for Interfaith Education in the Schools of the Archdiocese of Melbourne’ is a document of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission of the Archdiocese of Melbourne which has the full support of Catholic Education Melbourne. It is a companion document to ‘Promoting interfaith relations’ and has been prepared with thorough consultation. These guidelines contain excellent reflections and considerations for those seeking to incorporate multifaith education in lessons.

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Op Ed: It’s time to replace Religious Instruction with Worldviews Education in Australian schools

School studentsThe religion in schools debate is heating up again — this time with a group, Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools, calling for a parliamentary review of Religious Instruction (RI) in state schools.
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Principal Beliefs of Judaism

Jewish SymbolsThe central idea of Judaism involves a commitment by the Jewish people to a single, omnipotent, incorporeal God, who is the creator and ruler of the universe and the source of a moral law for humanity. The idea of God as the creator of the universe opens the Biblical narrative Bereshit (“In the Beginning”) in the Book of Genesis.
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