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  • FIFE NEWSLETTER FAITH in FURTHER EDUCATION May 2010 Dear Colleagues, We hope all is well with you and your colleges. This issue of FIFE contains information relating to important new(ish) projects/events, including: • Multi-faith spaces – research project • Bolton multi-faith chaplaincy training (21-25 June 2010) ~ see attached flyer • NUS Student Inter-Faith Project • Worcester Diocese FE Project Please do consider getting in touch with the relevant people if you think you can contribute to these ventures. The summer conference (6-8 July 2010 in York) is heading towards half-full status so please get your booking form in as soon as possible (send completed forms to Carole Brown – carole.brown@c-of-e.org.uk) As some of you will already know, Harjinder Singh will be leaving the fbfe team at the end of May and moving to Belgium. Harjinder has made a tremendous contribution to our work as National Development Officer and previously as Chair of Faiths in FE Forum. He will be greatly missed! At the recent fbfe AGM members joined in tributes to Harjinder and presented him with a leaving gift. We hope to remain in e-mail contact with Harjinder once he is established in his new location. With all good wishes, John Breadon and John Wise In this issue: 1. VBF (values, beliefs & faiths) Issues and Resources 2. AFAN News 3. CPD & Training Matters 4. fbfe Forum 5. Job Vacancy ~ Training & Development Adviser AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 1
  • AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 2
  • 1. VBF (values, beliefs & faiths) Issues and Resources ▪ SMSC Guidance from LSIS fbfe is now planning a series of events to promote the SMSC Guidance. The first of these will be the fbfe National Conference at Friends Meeting House, Euston, on 13 October. Please note this date in your diaries. Further details will follow later (Booking Form attached). After the National Conference there will be a series of regional meetings between October and February. Dates and venues will be announced during the summer. In the meanwhile, the direct link is: http://www.lsis.org.uk/Services/Publications/Pages/SMSC-Report.aspx A hard copy was included in the recent mailing pack sent to the network’s FE College Chaplaincy Teams: one per college, free of charge (there will be a small charge for any additional copies requested). Please contact Carole Brown (carole.brown@c-of-e.org.uk) ▪ ‘Multi-faith Spaces: Symptoms and Agents of Social and Political Change’ – new project From Dr. Chris Hewson, Research Associate: We are writing to you with details of our new research project – ‘Multi-Faith Spaces: Symptoms and Agents of Social and Political Change’ – an assessment of the design, maintenance, perception and effects of Multi-Faith Spaces (henceforth, MFS). We are in the early stages of our investigation and are currently seeking to: (1) locate a wide range of MFS to visit and survey; (2) speak with individuals who are (or have been) involved in their design and management; (3) locate and evaluate key documents and materials. Please email us if you are interested in taking part in this research or require any further information. We will then contact you to arrange a conversation, interview or visit (as appropriate). Additionally, if you could send us any of the following, it would be greatly appreciated: (1) nominations for MFS that could be included in this research (including your own); (2) an indication of whether you wish to receive further updates about this project; (3) any documents or photographs you think may be of interest to our research team. Further information is available below and on our website at www.manchester.ac.uk/mfs where we outline the project and our dissemination strategy in more detail. Full contact details (alongside Twitter and Blog Feeds) can also be found on the site. Finally, please forward this email to any other parties you think may be interested in taking part. Kind regards Chris AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 3
  • Dr. Chris Hewson Manchester Architecture Research Centre The University of Manchester, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL Email: mfs@manchester.ac.uk Phone: 0161 275 0318 / Mob/Text: 07757 723148 / Fax: 0161 275 6893 FURTHER DETAILS DEFINITIONS: Our aim at this early stage is to keep the term ‘multi-faith space’ as open as possible, in order to consider and assess as many examples as we can. Examples of MFS include – but are certainly not limited to – rooms within: airports, hospitals, prisons, schools, universities, crematoria, shopping centres, public buildings, etc. These might be designated ‘prayer’ rooms, or might exist to facilitate a more varied array of functions. At this latter end of the spectrum exist a number of specialised examples, including multi-faith centres where different religions have their own sacred space(s), alongside collective facilities for secular purposes. FUNDING: The project is being undertaken by the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC) at the University of Manchester (UK). It runs from 2010-2012 and is funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) ‘Religion and Society’ research programme. The project has received ethical clearance from the University of Manchester (specifics available on request). The principle investigators are Dr. Ralf Brand and Dr Andrew Crompton, the theological associate is Revd. Dr. Terry Biddington and the researcher is Dr Chris Hewson. LOGISTICS: The first phase of the project will examine at least 48 separate MFS (including 12 from outside the UK). We aim to document these spaces through measured drawings, wide-angled photography and detailed research into the history of their formation. During this process our intention is to interview as wide a range of individuals as possible, particularly those involved in the design, formation and management of MFS. Subsequently, we will select a number of these spaces for more in-depth research, looking at both ongoing development(s) and day-to-day usage. Within this stage we will also seek to interview MFS users. ▪ NUS Student Inter-Faith Project NUS Student Inter-Faith Project is a two year project (October 2009 – September 2011) which aims to improve the experiences of students of faith at further and higher education by increasing the students' union’s awareness of the needs of students of faith through support, information and training, developing strong inter-faith collaboration between students to enhance campus cohesion, creating space for inter-faith dialogue and activities. AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 4
  • At FE this will include: - information and training for students’ unions on how to support students of faith and improve their experiences whilst at college - increasing understanding and awareness about inter-faith to students’ unions – encouraging them to work with chaplaincy and student services to organise events and projects for inter-faith week and beyond - a resource for students’ unions including example activities and information on how to organise successful inter-faith events Kathryn Luckock is the Student Inter-Faith Co-ordinator delivering this project and can be contacted at Kat.Luckock@nus.org.uk or by phone on 02073 806662. Please don’t hesitate to contact her with any queries regarding the project or for help working with the students’ union at your college. Kathryn would like to receive any case studies or examples of inter-faith events or projects you have run at your college, to use in a resource for students’ unions. She would also be interested to hear about any ideas you have regarding additional resources students’ unions at FE might require in relation to students of faith and running inter-faith activities. About NUS The National Union of Students (NUS) was set up as an association of students’ unions in 1922. Today NUS is one of the largest student organisations in the world, representing the interests of seven million students in further and higher education in the UK. Over 600 students’ unions throughout the country are affiliated and we employ more than 100 staff to service the needs of students and Students’ Unions. NUS is committed to improving the lives and experiences of students in the UK, ensuring their voices are heard and effectively represented. ▪ Worcester Diocese FE Project update Peter Brownjohn was appointed as project consultant in November 2008 and has since been working on a part time basis to encourage the development of this work. Contact has been made with over 70 organisations and valuable links built. Almost every Chapter meeting in the Diocese has been visited and multiple visits have been made to all 14 colleges in the Diocese. The interest in, and response to, this project has significantly exceeded expectations. The opportunities that are opening up are diverse and positive. However, the key is the partnerships that are being developed between students and staff at every level in colleges and the faith group leaders and representatives in the local communities. A few examples of developments include: • survey work done with students in some colleges by faith group representatives and others on the nature of faith and belief and chaplaincy work; • sharing of a range of resources with colleges to help support this kind of work; • the interest and practical support of a wide range of agencies, e.g. Saltmine Trust, Green Light forum, Street Pastors, West Midlands Police, Inter faith Networks, etc.; • a networking conference attended by 47 delegates from every college and almost every deanery; • already 17 volunteers have been identified who have expressed an interest in chaplaincy/ multi-faith support work in our FE colleges, to complement the work of clergy and other faith group leaders. For more information about the project and to find out how you can get involved, please contact Peter Brownjohn on 01384 400684 or 07759 831896. AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 5
  • 2. AFAN News ▪ Research Project AFAN has been awarded a grant from the St Gabriel’s Trust for a research project to examine best practice in integrating SMSC into curriculum or tutorial provision. The aim will be to identify the most effective methods (using mainly AFAN approaches and material) and to develop a guide for teachers and tutors. A number of colleges have already expressed an interest in acting as trialling sites for the project but if you would be interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact the Research Worker, Elina Wright (who will be at the FE Summer Conference) at: general@afan.uk.net ▪ Staff Development Workshops There has been a very good response to our contacts with colleges (mostly those without chaplaincies) as part of the joint strategy agreed with fbfe and the chaplaincy network to help colleges implement the LSIS SMSC Guidance. Most dates we had available during College Annual CPD weeks later in the Summer term are already taken. There are a few dates left in July so get in touch if your college would be interested. Contact Navleen Kaur: navleenk@gmail.com ▪ Website New stuff available this month includes: Xbox Shockers Not for the faint-hearted but these clips can shock a group into an in-depth discussion. Topics are Violence and ‘Life is too Short’ http://www.afan.uk.net/stuff/theme/identity/xbox-advert-life-short How biased are you? Video of song and class activity on bias and prejudice: http://www.afan.uk.net/node/add/story Outrageous and Proud Gay campaigner, Peter Tatchell, on his 20 year battle with the Church and with prejudice: http://www.afan.uk.net/stuff/world-views/christian/outrageous-and-proud AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 6
  • 3. CPD and Training Matters ▪ FE Chaplaincy/Values, Beliefs & Faiths: Summer Conference 2010 Date: 6-8 July 2010 Venue: York St John University Cost: £175 (whole event fee) Booking Form/Programme attached: Please complete the Booking Form and return it to Carole Brown: carole.brown@c-of-e.org.uk ▪ Chaplaincy Course (Bolton, 21-25 June 2010) Date: 21-25 June 2010 Venue: The University of Bolton + Bolton Mosque and Church Cost: £150 (volunteers £75) for the five days For more information, please see attached flyer ▪ More Dates for your Diary October 20 (1pm – 4pm) Diocese of Hereford & Hereford Sixth Form College are planning a half-day conference: ‘What should an educated 19-yr-old look like today?’ More details to follow. Invitation from Julian Bond, Director, Christian Muslim Forum Dear Friends I am sending this email to let you know about some forthcoming Christian Muslim Forum events Men's Retreat 4 June 2010 Our first event in Wales Friends and Neighbours 30 June 2010 A West Midlands Event I hope that you will be interested in attending one of these. For more details and booking information, please contact: Julian Bond Director Christian Muslim Forum Ground Floor, 70 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1RL Office 0207 820 0444, Home Office 0845 313 8401 Fax 0207 840 5811, Mobile 07813 018450 www.christianmuslimforum.org AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 7
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  • 4. fbfe Forum fbfe South West Regional Forum Facilitated by Jafar Mirza, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Tuesday 8th June 2010 Timing: 10.30-2.30pm (Lunch will be provided) Venue: Hosted by the University of the West of England, The Octagon Chaplaincy Centre, Frenchay Campus, Cold Harbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY Contact on the day: Colin McArthur 07767 893044 For further information and to book a place, contact Jennifer Roberts at info@fbfe.org.uk fbfe South East Regional Forum Facilitated by Jafar Mirza, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Wednesday16th June 2010 Timing: 10.30am- 2.30pm (Lunch will be provided) Venue: Hosted by Guildford College Contact on the day: Susan Wheeler For further information and to book a place, contact Jennifer Roberts at info@fbfe.org.uk fbfe Greater Manchester FE Chaplaincy Forum Facilitated by Gurdev Singh Bal, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Tuesday 14th September 2010 Timing: 12.15-2.30pm Venue: Hosted by The Manchester College (Openshaw Site) Contact on the day: Jamie Mackenzie and Scott Fellows For further information contact Gurdev Singh Bal at gsb@walsall1.orangehome.co.uk or info@fbfe.org.uk fbfe Lancashire FE Faith Awareness Forum Facilitated by Gurdev Singh Bal, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Thursday 16th September 2010 Timing: 12.00noon-3.00pm Venue: Hosted by Nelson & Colne College Contact on the day: Amir For further information contact Gurdev Singh Bal at gsb@walsall1.orangehome.co.uk or info@fbfe.org.uk AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 9
  • fbfe Merseyside FE Chaplaincy Forum Facilitated by Gurdev Singh Bal, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Thursday 23rd September 2010 Timing: 12.15-2.30pm Venue: Hosted by Hugh Baird College Contact on the day: Monica Weld-Richards For further information contact Gurdev Singh Bal at gsb@walsall1.orangehome.co.uk or info@fbfe.org.uk fbfe Cumbria FE & HE Forum Facilitated by Gurdev Singh Bal, fbfe Regional Development Officer Date: Wednesday 6th October 2010 Timing: 12.15-2.30pm Venue: Hosted by Carlisle College Contact on the day: Christine and David For further information contact Gurdev Singh Bal at gsb@walsall1.orangehome.co.uk or info@fbfe.org.uk fbfe Annual Conference The fbfe annual conference 2010 will be held at Friends Meeting House, Euston on 13 October. The theme for this year's conference will be the recently published LSIS guidance on spiritual, moral, social and cultural (smsc) development for the FE sector. We are delighted that the conference this year will be supported and covered by FE Focus The conference programme will include • Plenary presentations on the smsc guidance • A round table discussion on smsc with high profile speakers on smsc development and its implementation in FE • Workshops on the implementation of the guidance and good practice in smsc education delivery To book your place at the conference please return the attached form by email to Jennifer Roberts at info@fbfe.org.uk or fax on 020 7898 1520. AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 10
  • fbfe North West SMSC Guidance Masterclass (with LSIS) Date: Thursday 21st October 2010 Timing: 10.00am-1.00pm Venue: Hosted by Runshaw College Contact on the day: Polly Mason fbfe North East SMSC Guidance Masterclass (with LSIS) Date: Wednesday 3rd November 2010 Timing: 10.00am-1.00pm Venue: Hosted by Stockton Riverside College Contact on the day: Miriam Stanton / Pauline Smith fbfe West Midlands SMSC Guidance Masterclass (with LSIS) Date: Thursday 4th November 2010 Timing: 10.00am-1.00pm Venue: Hosted by City of Wolverhampton College Contact on the day: Paul Benton For further information and to book a place at the above events, please contact Jennifer Roberts at info@fbfe.org.uk For more details on these events please see the website www.fbfe.org.uk AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 11
  • 5. Job Vacancy ▪ Training & Development Adviser Connect FE with spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is seeking to appoint a Training & Development Adviser Salary: £22,000 per annum (pro rata) Part Time (3 days, term time only) temporary two year post This is a part-time post (term time only), initially for 2 years, working with further education colleges and faith communities. The Adviser will assist staff in planning how to meet the needs of learners in relation to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The post holder will be based at Church House, St John’s Terrace, North Shields. For further details and an application form, please telephone or email: Telephone: 01912704100 / Email: e.bell@newcastle.anglican.org You will have: • An interest in building relationships with people from a variety of faiths. • A concern for provision of education and training in a wide context and in particular post 16. • Awareness of issues (and legislation) around community cohesion and equality of religion and belief. Closing Date: 14 June 2010 at 12 noon Interview Date: 30 June 2010 Start Date: 1st September 2010 AN ECUMENICAL AND MULTI-FAITH INITIATIVE SUPPORTED BY THE CHURCHES’ NATIONAL FE TEAM / fbfe 12