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1 Widening Horizons Confronting prejudice Encouraging Harmony Aisling Cohn, School Linking Manager

2 Engagement Increasing understanding and knowledge of different faiths and beliefs Education Supporting sustained dialogue between people of different faiths and also those of non-religious beliefs Action Facilitating shared action to improve communities and society

3 We believe: children and young people must have opportunities to engage with people of different faiths and beliefs Meeting people from different faith backgrounds is life changing learning about the other is best taught peer to peer positive social interaction reduces fear and misconceptions

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5 Assumption – what is this person assuming, and why? S tatement or Question? – is this a question or a statement in disguise? Key Words – which words would you remove or replace? Rephrase – how can you rewrite this question? A S Ke R Dialogue & Communication: The Art of AskingWhy do you religious people always think you know best?

6 Interactive learning about religious texts: Tools 4 Trialogue Skills to engage with anyone regardless faiths or beliefs Encountering people of different Faiths Practicing dialogue and communication Faith School Linking Faith & Fashion

7 Seize the opportunity Show respect to the opinions and beliefs of others Use I Statements - try not to generalise Dialogue not debate Oops! Ouch! Framework 4 Dialogue

8 Encountering Faiths Narrative introduction from presenters Students given permission to ask any question Facilitator helps students deconstruct difficult or sensitive questions

9 Bling – Beauty, Modesty & Clothing dfd The Bible: Christian Text 1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adorning be external […] but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in Gods sight is very precious. The Bible: Christian Text 1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adorning be external […] but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in Gods sight is very precious. Tanakh: Jewish Text Genesis 24:64-67 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us? The servant said, It is my master. So she took her veil and covered herself. […] Tanakh: Jewish Text Genesis 24:64-67 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us? The servant said, It is my master. So she took her veil and covered herself. […] Quran: Muslim Text Quran 7:26 […] We have given you clothing to cover yourselves and as an adornment. But the clothing of righteousness - that is the best […] Quran: Muslim Text Quran 7:26 […] We have given you clothing to cover yourselves and as an adornment. But the clothing of righteousness - that is the best […]

10 T4T Workshop Themes: BLING! Beauty, Modesty & Clothing Sickness & Healing Standing Up or Standing By? Environment Charity & Poverty Forgiveness Freedom of Choice Men & Womens Relationships We are Family..?

11 "It was fantastic - the best lesson EVER!" "It was very insightful. Most interesting session on religion we have ever had."

12 I liked how the staff planted the seed in our minds then sat back and allowed us to talk… "I felt the session was exceedingly informative and helped me gain greater understanding of the similarities and differences between these three faiths"

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