How understanding Rastafari can help us gain an insight into black lives matter

Last year I wrote a book that included a chapter on the beliefs and practices of Rastafari- during the course of this year as I have embarked on a ‘book tour’ of sorts I have referred to issues of power in all aspects of society and our relationships and used the beliefs and background of … More How understanding Rastafari can help us gain an insight into black lives matter

Challenge in RE

We probably all recognise a caricature of RE lessons which revolves around tasks that keep children’s attention but don’t seem to stretch. We have all, perhaps, taught some of those lessons- and one important caveat is that each of learning experiences that we use that might in one lesson be incredibly valuable, but we need … More Challenge in RE

Joseph Smith

This post originally appeared as part of the Email a Believer blog at RE Online Next year Latter-day Saints celebrate the 200th anniversary of the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Who was this man? Firstly, it is important to note who he was not- he is not our Saviour, nor is he an … More Joseph Smith

Power dynamics and the minority voice

Recently I have been putting together some thoughts about power dynamics in majority-minority relationships. A major area of my research at work at the moment is the representation and visibility of minority religions in the Religious Education classroom and curricula. In this case, the six major religions of the world (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism … More Power dynamics and the minority voice

The Music of Life

I wrote an article a number of years ago that was never published. It links with my last post on the use of pop culture. It explores the religious beliefs that might lie behind some aspects of Tolkien’s writings in The Silmarillion. I wrote in my last blog post about the Chronicles of Narnia and … More The Music of Life

Pop culture and RE: an under-realised third space

In questioning beginning teachers’ experiences of Religious Education during their schooling I am invariably met with a very mixed group of responses. Some, usually because of the teacher bringing the subject alive, loved it. Others, for a plethora of other reasons struggled to see the value of it, or actually remember anything they ever did. … More Pop culture and RE: an under-realised third space

How should we use religious objects in the classroom?

I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams WB Yeats Every year with my Secondary PGCE students we discuss the use of objects within the RE classroom. As a way in to the discussion we read Roger Homan’s article from the British Journal of Religious Education in … More How should we use religious objects in the classroom?