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    REC January Events – Exploring Worldviews

    The REC is delighted to be hosting a series of three exciting online discussions exploring the contribution of Worldviews in Religious Education.
    These events build on the energetic discussions at the REC’s General Meeting in November 2020. Now we are keen to open up the conversation – this series of January events is open to all REC Member Organisations and their members (not just the Authorised Representatives!).

    So…what will we be talking about?

    Event 1: What’s all the fuss about?

    Thursday 14th January, 7pm, Zoom call (duration estd 60 mins)
    Chair: Amira Tharani
    Speakers: Suzanne Owen, Katie Freeman, Ruth Flanagan
    Description: We kick off our series of events with this panel discussion examining the current “World Religions paradigm” that is prevalent in most RE classrooms. Our panel of speakers discuss the strengths and challenges of the current model and then explore why there is thought to be a need for a change. The panel discussion will be supplemented with questions from the Zoom audience (via Chat).
    This event is a great starting point for anyone in the RE community who has heard about some of the worldviews conversations and wants to understand more about the current challenges and the need for change.

    Event 2: Is Worldviews the answer?

    Tuesday 19th January, 7pm, Zoom call (duration estd 90 mins)
    Chair: Ed Pawson
    Speakers: Rob Freathy, Martha Shaw
    Description: Building from challenges identified in Event 1, Ed will chair a panel discussion exploring understandings of worldviews and worldviews approaches. The panel will look at examples of good practice that they have seen using a worldviews approach, and explore how these approaches are addressing some of the problems of the World Religions paradigm. This is a longer event to allow more time for audience questions (via Zoom chat) and digging deeper into some of the issues raised in Event 1.

    Event 3: Faith and belief traditions as Worldviews

    Wednesday 27th January, 7pm Zoom call (duration estd 90 mins)
    Chair: Sarah Lane Cawte
    Speakers: Richard Norman, Philip Robinson, Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal
    Description: This third event will combine a panel discussion and facilitated break-out discussions in smaller groups. It is specifically aimed at members of faith and belief communities to explore how thinking of their tradition as a worldview contributes to how it is understood in the RE classroom.

    The panel will start with a discussion of the impact of thinking about their own traditions (Catholicism, Humanism and Sikhi) as a worldview and how that may change the scope of how it is studied in a classroom. The event will also have facilitated breakout sessions to discuss in smaller groups to allow participants to explore the challenges and opportunities that a worldviews approach presents for their own community.

    The event is open to anyone, but numbers are limited (due to restrictions of the size/number of breakout groups).

    How to Book

    To book a place on one (or all) of the events, please send an email to
    Title: January Event Booking
    Please include:
    • your name
    • the organisation that you are a member of
    • the name that you will use on your Zoom profile (ie the name that appears onscreen when you join a Zoom meeting). Also, let us know which event you want to book for – or all 3!
    We will email to confirm your booking, and send you the details of how to join the call.

    What if you can’t make it?

    We will be recording all the panel discussions and will make content available to REC Member Organisations at the end of the January programme.

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