The Interfaith Network – Final Report of the Commission on Religious Education

On 9 September the Commission on Religious Education published its final report: ‘Religion and Worldviews: the way forward. A national plan for RE’.

The Religious Education Council for England and Wales launched the Commission in July 2016 as an independent body Chaired by the Very Revd Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster. The fourteen Commissioners included academics, head teachers, teachers, school governors and a broadcaster. The Commission published an interim report in July 2017.

The final report makes 11 recommendations, which include changing the name of the subject RE to ‘Religion and Worldviews’.  It sets out a ‘national entitlement’ for RE that would apply to all state funded schools.  It calls for a special body to be formed by the Government to write programmes of study for Religion and Worldviews based on the ‘national entitlement’ which would act in a similar way to the National Curriculum for other subjects.

The full report and the executive summary can be found at: https://www.commissiononre.org.uk/final-report-religion-and-worldviews-the-way-forward-a-national-plan-for-re/ where there is also a short video explaining why the Commission believes there is the need for change.

The Commission has now ended its work.  Any queries or comments about the report can be sent to the RE Council of England and Wales using the email address: enquiries@commissiononre.org.uk.

 

2018 Annual RIFF Peace Walk

The RIFF Annual Peace Walk takes place this Sunday (23rd Sept 2018). It will start at 2:00pm at the Millenium Peace Tree next to the Percival Guildhouse and Library in the centre of Rugby. Although the weather forecast ahead suggests it might rain the walk will go ahead.

Millenium Tree – Rugby Library/Percival Guildhouse

The route and timetable will be:
14.00 Library
14.30 St Maries’
15.30 Hindu Temple
16.30 Sikh Gurdwara (Refreshments)

Look forward to seeing you there.

Interfaith Response to Hate Incidents and Religious illiteracy

The last few days have seen a number of disturbing incidents, from hate-filled letters to a number of Muslims headed ‘Punish a Muslim Day’, to a Sikh being asked by a venue in Nottingham to remove his turban or leave, and racist chanting outside a student’s room at Nottingham Trent University. There was also recently a report of a Sikh having their turban dislodged while waiting for a meeting outside Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, apparently by someone who thought the Sikh was Muslim. The level of reported hate incidents, more generally, continues to be high.

These circumstances underline the importance of effective prevention and response, including, very significantly, that of faith and inter faith bodies.

So please take a look at this document  ‘Looking after One Another: The Safety and Security of our Faith Communities’ published by The Interfaith Network for the United Kingdom