(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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Religious organisations, hospitals, disability services and camps are now covered by Victoria’s Reportable Conduct Scheme. This scheme also applies to Special Religious Instruction (SRI)
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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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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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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
– The Environment
Selected episodes available on ABC iview
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A Taste of Judaism (a one day course) to be held at Temple Beth Israel in East St Kilda, on Thursday, November 16th, from 9.00 – 5.00pm, with lunch provided. This is a course for religious educators in schools.
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Religion and Conflict is a course that is currently being offered online on FutureLearn. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the role that religion plays in both, conflict and peace building in the modern world.
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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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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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In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. So what are they?
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