Hindu festivals resources

ISKCON in the United Kingdom provide educational services with School Visits, In-School presentations, Photos, Online Temple Creation and similar resources. On the website is a section called Festivals which gives an overview of many Hindu festivals. Among the festivals covered are Diwali, Navrathri, Ganesh Chaturti and Janmastami (birthday of Krishna). Other festivals included are Rathyatra (a chariot festival) Narasimha Chaturdasi (the festival of the half-god-half-lion), Ramanavami (the festival of Lord Rama) and Gaura Purnima, a festival of Lord Caitanya, an exalted devotee of Lord Krishna. The festivals section concludes with Holi and Maha Shivarathri (connected to Lord Shiva). Read more here: https://iskconeducationalservices.org/category/festivals/


 

Getting religion (close to) right on YouTube

(RNS) — In early 2017, a series on CNN hosted by author and religion scholar Reza Aslan was dropped after six episodes following a controversial anti-Trump tweet by the host. But while “Believer” was still on the air, it was criticised for perpetuating stereotypes and overlooking important scholarship on the subjects it portrayed. Since then, another educational series on religion has skated largely under the radar of scholars.

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Interfaith Holiday Books for Kids



For inhabitants of the northern hemisphere, autumn features increasingly shorter days as we move inexorably toward the longest night of the year around December 21. Interestingly, many cultures and faith traditions have long-standing traditions and stories that lift up light during this time of relative darkness. For Neo-Pagans/Wiccans and other indigenous peoples, it’s Winter Solstice, for Jews, Hanukkah, for the ancient Romans, Saturnalia, for Christians, Christmas, and for African-Americans, Kwanzaa, just to name a few.

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Bishop Suriel Writes Inspiring Book on Educational Reformer Habib Girgis

More than ever, the world needs strong leaders, committed teachers and people filled with a life purpose. Such was the life embodied by a humble Coptic gentleman named Habib Girgis, who was born in Cairo in 1876 and lived in Egypt until 1951. There is much to be learnt from this man as highlighted in a new book by Leader of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Melbourne, Bishop Suriel.

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Ethics Matters

Presenter Dr Dan Halliday talks with philosophers, and helps place different ideas in a real world context.
The series is made up of 12 episodes and will continue in term 4.
Other episodes include
-Shaping Our Bodies
– Forgive or Punish?
– Ethical Consumption
– Past Injustices
– Religious Diversity
– Creating Borders
– Animals
– The Environment

Selected episodes available on ABC iview

Subtitles CC
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Creating Character: Compassion, Service and Community

This creative arts-based Barnabas RE Day offers a range of ways for primary-aged pupils to engage with the important values of compassion, service and community. It also supplies strategies and exercises focussed on building character.

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Baha’i Centenary

Bahá’ís all over the world are commemorating 200 years since the birth of the faith’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh, in 1817.

The celebration itself takes place on 21-22 October 2017. Schools across the UK have the opportunity to invite visitors from their local Bahá’í community to present assemblies and classroom sessions about Bahá’u’lláh, his life and teachings. We also hope that teachers and pupils will feel inspired to research the background to this exciting event, and carry out extension activities, both before and after this date.

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