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FE Sunday 2023 materials launched!

Further Education Sunday 2023 is coming – on 14 May!

FE Sunday is a great time to pray for your local college and consider how to love and serve it better.  Visit our brand new website fe-sunday.uk, developed in partnership with Festive, for videos, downloadable prayer resources and ideas for worship and action.  You can also keep up to date on Twitter and tweet what you’re doing for FE Sunday, using the hashtag #FESunday2023

 

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FE Sunday is back for 2023!

FE Sunday is back on 14 May 2023 – a great opportunity to pray for your local college, its staff and students, and to consider how you could serve your local college better. More details to follow, including a brand new, bespoke FE Sunday website, with new resources, materials and topis for 2023.

Watch this space!

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Faith in Further Education – launch of new C of E report

On 29 April the Church of England launched their new report on the Church’s engagement with the Further Education sector… and we’re in it!  Vocation, Transformation and Hope recommends local churches take an intentional approach to partnering with their local college through chaplaincy or other forms of shared contribution to the life of the community.  It’s also recommended that Anglican dioceses build a strategy for FE into their strategic planning, and revitalise a network of paid or voluntary FE development officers – a bit like the WM’s own FE Chaplaincy Ambassador.

You can read a summary and download the full report here.

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Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith Webinar

Recently 175 people participated in the webinar Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith, with speakers including Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham, and Carol Wilson, Head of Spiritual Care for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.  You can watch the webinar here.  Thanks to Paul Chesterman and David Butterworth of Birmingham Methodist District’s Mission in the Economy team, for sharing this.  Their latest newsletter also includes a piece from WM FE Chaplaincy Ambassador Phil Metcalf.  Sign up for this newsletter by emailing paul.chesterman[at]birminghammethodist.org.uk.

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New Theos Report on Social Cohesion

The think-tank Theos have just published a new report on social cohesion, which will be interesting brain-food for college managers, equality and diversity officers, chaplains and others in the FE sector concerned with the creation of cohesive college environments.  There are some interesting reflections on the ways in which ‘faith’ has been understood within discourse on social cohesion. You can download the report here.  (Recommending you read it does not imply WMCFEC’s official endorsement – simply that it is good food for thought!).

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Faith Tutorials are back!

faithtutorials.co.uk is a bank of free-to-download, ready to use tutorial resources specially designed for FE Colleges, and created by the chaplaincy team at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College over a number of years.

After a little gap, faith tutorials are coming back online, specifically in response to a growing number of requests from colleges looking for online material to use with students during the COVID-19 crisis.  There are 24 sets of material in all, covering major religious festivals, general moral/ethical topics, and designed for students of all faiths and none.

A new bespoke website will be launched later in the year, but for the moment you can access some of the materials from the St Peter’s Saltley Trust website here (with topics gradually being added, so keep watching the page).