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Handling Faith Based Discussions and Disputes in your College

Huge thanks to participants and contributors who made yesterday’s workshop such a success, and also to North Warwickshire and Hinckley College for hosting us so well.  We’ll post a short-write up of the event on our ‘For Colleges‘ page in due course.  Meanwhile, remember your conflict style ‘animal’ and come down from the mountain tops!  (Intrigued?  Ask us!)

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Handling Difficult Faith-Based Discussions in College

Book Now for 10 March 2015 in your diary for the third of WM Churches’ FE Council’s ‘faith literacy’ training events – this time focused on developing skills in dealing with difficult faith-based discussions and disputes (booking form here: Handling Faith Based Discussions in your College – booking form).  Contributors include Sandra Cobbin (Clarity Development), The Feast, and Peacemakers

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OU Report on Religion, Security and Global Uncertainty Emphasises Need for Faith Literacy

A new report exploring the relationship between religion and security emphasises the need for faith literacy, an ethic of inclusivity and consultation with communities, as a precursor to sound policy.  Written by Prof John Wolffe and Dr Gavin Moorhead of the Open University, the report also cautions against generalising about the effects that religious (and indeed secular) ideas or movements may have, and notes that ‘religious leaders are potentially effective agents for overcoming community tensions’ (p. 3).  The report can be read in full at: http://www.paccsresearch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Religion-Security-Global-Uncertainties.pdf

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Training Event: Handling Difficult Faith-Related Disputes in College

Book Now for 10 March 2015 in your diary for the third of WM Churches’ FE Council’s ‘faith literacy’ training events – this time focused on developing skills in dealing with difficult faith-based discussions and disputes (booking form here: Handling Faith Based Discussions in your College – booking form).  Contributors include Sandra Cobbin (Clarity Development), The Feast, and Peacemakers

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Voices of Faith and Belief in Schools – New NATRE Code of Conduct

When external faith groups are invited into schools and colleges to work with students, we know that this needs doing sensitively and with respect. NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) have just published new guidelines for schools and visiting groups here. How might these relate to further education?

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Dealing with Faith- and Belief- based discussions and disputes

Having posted a number of links to resources on reconciliation and good discussion/dialogue practice in recent weeks, readers may be interested to know that WMCFEC is considering running the third in its series of ‘faith literacy’ workshops for FE college staff on this topic in Spring Term 2014. Do you have any experiences or stories to share? Or have any views on what might be most helpful for such a workshop to include? If so, please get in touch!

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West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project

If you are regularly dealing with issues of individual and community conflict in your college, some great resources are available from the West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project – including some high-quality short films on their Vimeo pages, which can be used as discussion starters. The main focus of the project’s activity is the schools sector, but there’s plenty here that can be used in FE too.

We’re particularly glad to share this information as a tribute to Linda Pegler, much-valued Quaker representative on WM Churches’ FE Council and formerly involved in the WMQPEP, who sadly died earlier this year.

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Dealing with Faith- and Belief- Based Differences, Disputes or Conflicts

One of the most common issues we hear raised around the place of faith and belief in college life concerns the lack of confidence amongst some members of college staff in curating discussions about faith and belief, or in dealing with disputes and discussions when they arise. Some help is given in a report on Dealing with Faith- and Belief- Based Differences, Disputes and Conflicts, researched for FBFE (The National Council of Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education) by Neville and Yvette Adams, and published last year. Take a look and see what you think.