The RE Podcast
Louisa Jane Smith
The RE podcast for students and teachers.
S6 E5: The One About Sunday Assembly
S6 E5: The One About Sunday Assembly
In the last episode when we spoke to Eran Dror he mentioned something called 'Sunday Assembly' in the context of religion for atheists. So I got hold of Stuart Holdsworth from Sunday Assembly to tell us more. We discuss what Sunday Assembly is, how and why it started and what do expect when you get there. I also got the opportunity to go to a sunday assembly so I have thrown in a few clips of what I expected! This feels like what humans need, and would be a really interesting topic for the classroom. Can you have religion without the doctrine.https://www.sundayassembly.com/https://inspiringcity.com/
S6 E4: The One About The Future Of Humanity
Wow! I cannot believe how many things I dip into with Eran Dror! AI consciousness, Buddhism, sense of self, the future of religion, the ethics of algorithms and how we counter this, and religion for atheists! We really unpack what it means to be human, what our needs and our weaknesses are and what we need to be our best self, the need for connection. We mention Sunday assembly and soon I will be interviewing someone from the Sunday Assembly to look more into this - it's Church for atheists! Watch this space!https://www.sundayassembly.com/ Here is a link to Alain De Botton's book that Eran mentioned too!https://www.alaindebotton.com/religion/
S6 E3: The One About Church On The Streets
If you haven't come across Paster Mick Flemming then you are not doing to want to miss this episode! A man who humbly uses tragedy in his own life as inspiration to love othes. The incredible human embodies what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century and live out the teachings of Christ. His work in the community with addicts and the homeless is awe inspiring - Church on the street ministries in Burnley.Prepare to be inspired!www.cots-ministires.co.uk
S6 E2: The One About Prophecy In The Bible Pt 2 Revelation
In the last episode Rev Jeff Cuozzo enlightened us about what prophecy is and specific prophecies in the Bible? This week he is back to focus on the book of Revelation. What are the signs of the end of the age? What is the rature? What will happen to Satan? What will happen when Jesus returns? Exciting stuff. It feels like we only scratched the surface so if you want to know more, check out his websitehttps://www.calvarybath.com/
S6 E1 The One About Prophecy In The Bible Pt 1
Welcome to season 6!!!! And to start off the season I have a fascinating chat with Jeff Cuozzo about prophecies in the Bible. We find out what prophecies are and what their purpose is, why they are significant and get deep into some really specific prophecies in the Bible about the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine!Jeff will be back next week to look at prophecies in the book of Revelation and what to expect in the end times! Exciting stuff and great to be back!
S5 E12: The One About The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Ever wondered the answers to any of these questions?1) What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and how does it differ from other parts of Christianity? 2) What do the Church of the believe that God is like3) What difference does your beliefs make to your life?4) Who is Joseph Smith and what is his place within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?5) What do you think of the Book of Mormon? 6) What is the biggest misconception of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?Well hear the answer of these questions and more with James Holt! A man of conviction and knowledge! Such a delightful and enlightening conversation!
S5 E11: The One About Ashura
Now, I don't have any inside knowlege (other than what AQA have released) but I think Ashura is going to come up in the GCSE exam, and might even be the 12-marker... So this chat with Zam Hussain will give your children so much RICH KNOWLEDGE about this commemoration. What is it and what is the story behind it. Is it a festival or a commemoration, how do different Muslims spend this day, why is it still so important in the 21st century? This day is a wonderful antedote to toxic masculinity - for young Shia Muslims to grow up watching male adults cry and express emotion, and a very poignant discussion in the context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine."Everyday is Ashura, every land is Karbala"
S5 E10 The One About The Leadership Programme
ALL RE TEACHERS MUST LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE with Claire Clinton @ClaireClinton67 and Katie Gooch @goochkt ! Are you an RE teacher that wants help in considering your future career? Do you feel a bit stale and need some inspiration? Do you sometimes think about leaving teaching all together? Did you know that there is a Leadership programme just for RE teachers and it is FULLY FUNDED. Successful applicants will get a bespoke 1 or 2 year prgramme and your own mentor.It goes 2/5 of the way to a charted teaching accreditation and could help you get and REQM!https://www.reqm.org/https://www.reonline.org.uk/leadership/leadership-programme/
S5 E9 The One About The Future Of RE
Paul Karensa was invited to take part in a parliamentary roundtable on the future of RE. He, poiticians, RE teachers and RE students, representatives from Natre and REOnline were also present.Paul Karensa is a children's author, stand up comic, broadcaster and comedy writer for the BBE Christians and father of children who study RE so I was really interested in his unique persective of why RE is so important in the 21st Century and what he would like it to look like!Listen out for a sound which is a blast from the past!Pat http://patreon.com/paulkerensa Mail http://eepurl.com/M6Wbr Bks http://amzn.to/1DOAXDK YT http://tinyurl.com/ydaxjmp4 FB http://ow.ly/CkkO309jIXv IG http://bit.ly/31mYnkP Pod http://apple.co/2fUSKVO Blg http://bit.ly/2ZhDfe4 Gigs http://ow.ly/vkr9309jJ2G 4Hire http://bit.ly/2Zl3kJh
S5 E8: The One About LOVE
I thought we needed a bit of cheering up at the moment so I am looking at love! What different types of love are there, love in the Bible, the history of Valentine's Day, use of Love your neighbour in exam questions! Hope this brings a bit of light in the darkness!
S5 E7: The One About Reconciliation
When most of your year 11 get 0 on the question about something in their mock, you KNOW you're teaching it wrong. This was the experience of my department with RECONCILIATION! So we got together to replan our lesson on this with the hope of improving this. Such a measurable target. This week I am delighted to welcome MY BOSS Pete Bowdery to the RE Podcast to talk about what reconciliation actually is, how we teach it. At the end there is also an exam focus too - what questions could you get and how would you answer them? I really hope this is a clarifying, enightening and practical episode that will change your practice.I have a powerpoint, video links and worksheets for anyone who buys me a coffee :-)https://buymeacoffee.com/TheREPodcast
S5 E6: The One About Peace and Conflict
As we check the news for updates regarding Russia and Ukraine, I take a look at the topic of Peace and Conflict. A popular theme in the GCSE, I consider what war is, different types and causes of war. Is war sometimes our moral duty or is all war is immoral? I look at inspirations from some of the world religions consdering the Old Testament God and the teachings of Jesus, Islamic teachings of Jihad, and the symbolism of the Kirpan in Sikhi. I look at Aquinas' Just War theory, the pacifist teachings of Quakers, and the example of Desmond Doss as a Conscientious Objector.
S5 E5: The One About Interpreting Genesis
In rememberance of LGBTQIA History Month!In this GLORIOUS chat with Rev. Andy Fitchet, we look at the damage that traditional and literal interpretations Genesis have had on women and LGBTQIA Christians. Andy talks openly about his own difficult journey and the dangerous practices of the Church to heal people of 'gayness'. We discuss homosexuality, gender, sexism, hypocracy. grinder and Jesus as a trans male. Andy is so theologically knowledgable and also has the most wonderful sense of joy in his faith (the bit about finding Adam a 'helper' is my personal favourite, or how there is a special section in hell for polyester wearers if the Bible is to be taken at face value!) If God is not binary and we were made in his image, then we are not binary! Connect with @AndyFitchet if only to see his amazing array of jumpers and velvet jackets!www.proudstuff.co.uk is his company that sells queer cards (contact him if you are able to make queer tea towels!
S5 E4 The One With The Buddhist and The Baptist
In this episode I interview identical twin brothers, Mark and Bryan from the US. Mark is a baptist and Bryan is a Buddhist. Their podcast 'The Baptist and the Buddhist' have the two of them chatting openly for the first time about their different faiths. 'Same DNA, different faiths. It is so mutually respectful and models what good dialogue looks like. These two humans are so calming that I actually felt so much more chilled after spending an hour chatting to them - it was magical.We talked about their upbringing, what they love about their respective faiths, the similarities and differences in their beliefs; focussing on creation, ethics, life after death and consider that Jesus and the Buddha would say to each other if they met. Definitely check out their podcast where they discuss symbols, figures of faith, death, prayer and meditation and so much more! A wonderful resourcehttps://baptistandbuddhist.podbean.com/
S5 E3: The One About A Jihadist
This is a very powerful and very emotional and authentic chat with former Islamist - Sohail Admed. His story is true, honest and relatable as he tells us what led him to become an extremist and what eventually led him to leave that life behind. It's linked to identity, sexuality, atonement, purpose and belonging! It reveals the misconceptions regarding extremists, what to teach our children and what to look out for. Sohail's grace and humanity is so evident in this interview and I know this will change the life of anyone who listens to it. @SohailSNAhmedhttps://t.co/c8QkL17PaJ
S5 E2: The One About Antisemitism
A heart-breaking, straight-talking epiosde that speaks of the heartbreak of the holocaust and the unfathomable increase in anti-semitism that is happening today as you read this. In the wake of the recent anti-semitic comments by Wiley, I chat to Freddy Naftel, about his personal experiences of anti-semitism, his incredibly personal history and the experience of his parents, grandparents and great grandparents as German Jews, his reaction to the anti-semitism that still exists today throughout powerful institutions like the BBC and thoughout our political systems and I ask him what we, as RE teachers and students, can do!He is available to come to you schools and I have included contact details below; https://www.linkedin.com/in/freddy-naftel-75701462/?originalSubdomain=ukhttps://www.facebook.com/Holocaust-Enrichment-Education-103072695233278/?hc_ref=ARSX8PtY-Fqa60iFCaMgvquW_htvxkeBC6MZ6ywumbEbA8luqJRCdPg8rfwK7s1Qw60&fref=nf&__tn__=kC-R
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S5 E1: The One With The RE ECTs
For us oldies, ECT stands for Early Career Teacher! In this episode I chat to three RE teachers who have just finished their training and embark on their first jobs! Why did they decide to become RE teachers? Why is RE such an important subject? What was the training like? What advice would you give to poeple thinking about training to be a teacher or about to embark on their training? What has their first term in their first jobs been like. They also chat about funny stories from the classroom!If you or anyone else you know is thinking about training to be an RE teacher, this chat is invaluable. Or maybe you are involved in training teachers. Some of it is RE specific but there are lots of general advice for any subject.This chat makes me excited for the future of RE - the passion and enthusiasm of these three teachers is so clear!Michaela @MichaelaMcCaugh1Michael https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-walker-642b7170/
S4 E13: The One About Women In The Bible CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
This is going to be my last episode this season so I have saved a really special conversation for you. The Rev. Canon Liz Sherclif is the Director of Studies for Readers of the Diocese of Chester, Agent of Change nominee for the 2022 Northern Power Awards, author of 'Preaching Women: Gender, Power and the Pulpit and 'Out of the Shadows' preaching women of the Bible. We discuss the way women of the Bible are presented, our views on St. Paul, complimentarianism, toxic masculinity, the genders of the trinity and Jesus treatment of women, institutional sexism and then we delve into some of the powerful women in the Bible - Eve, Sarah, Bathsheba, and, as it is near Christmas - Mary. It was a wonderful conversation full of wisdom and grace!Merry Christmas everyone!https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/978033406 https://scmpress.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780334058380/preaching-women
S4 E12: The One About Decolonising Judaism
In the next of my collaboration with Ash Kundi on decolonising the curriculum, we chat to previous guest Rabbi Binyamin Sheldrake. In a frank and fascinating discussion we consider the best language to use when teaching Judaism, handy tips to making our teaching more authentic and advise on whether to and how to teach the Holocaust. We look at the Christianisation of holy texts and the innaccuracy of the name 'Jesus', and what happened to the Book of Jacob (Yeshua's brother), and much much more.The link to the book;https://www.bookdepository.com/Before-Religion-Brent-Nongbri/9780300216783
S4 E11: The One About Ancient Religions
In this episode I chat to Fazal Ahmed - an expert on Ancient Religions. We really delve deep into the connection between the religions and consider the fact that different groups of people from different places who have never met came independently to the same religious beliefs.We challenge the difference between beliefs known as religions because they have a written authority, and beliefs which are seen as superstitions because they have no written authority only an oral tradition. We travel the beliefs of the world from South America, to Africa to Australasia.It Faz heads up the Comparative Religions section of a magazine called The Review of Religions: Review of Religions