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HE Bulletin July 2010


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HE Bulletin July 2010

  1. 1. Higher Education Bulletin July 2010 The Higher Education staff in the Education Division at Church House (Stephen Heap and Gabriella Di Salvo) produce this Bulletin to support the network of Anglican Higher Education Chaplains in England by providing accessible and relevant information for Chaplains and other interested parties. We are happy to make it available to others also. Please contact Gabriella or Stephen to go on the mailing list. If there is something you would like considered for inclusion, please e- mail We hope to have the next bulletin out on August 23rd. Please let us have material for inclusion by Monday 16th August. Thanks! To contact the National Adviser, Stephen Heap, please e-mail stephen.heap@c-of- or phone 020 7898 1513 or write to The Revd Dr Stephen Heap, Higher Education Adviser, Church House, Great Smith St, Westminster SW1P 3NZ In this bulletin: 1. Inter-Faith Matters 2. HE Issues 3. Forthcoming Events 4. Training 5. Pastoral 6. Vacancy 7. Students and Christianity 1. INTER- FAITH MATTERS 1.1 Yad Washem Seminar - 4-15 October 2010 The Council of Christians and Jews has written: we are the UK’s leading agency for the Church’s relationship with the Jewish people. Since 1942 we have pioneered Christian and Jewish dialogue, making great headway in theological, community and cultural understanding.
  2. 2. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 The Seminar comprises an intensive 10 days of lectures, seminars and workshops specifically for clergy and lay leaders. The programme is designed jointly by the Head of the British Desk at Yad Vashem, and Dr Jane Clements, CCJ consultant. It features lectures from international scholars and opportunities to engage with rabbis exploring religious and theological perspectives. The topics covered include Jewish life before the Holocaust, communities, the history of Jewish/Christian relations, art, the Final Solution, survivor stories and theological issues. Places are extremely limited and are taken up very quickly. More information and application form can be found The cost is just £832 which includes flights, in-country transport, all taxes, full board, excursions, entry fees, tours. Please complete the on-line application form and send to: marked Yad Vashem Seminar 1.2 Inter Faith Week 2010: 21-27 November Inter Faith Week will run from Sunday 21 to Saturday 27 November 2010. Its aims are: • to strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels; • to increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society; • to increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious belief. The Week is being led by the Inter Faith Network for the UK, working with its member bodies. It will be community-led, with local people and groups of different backgrounds holding their own events and highlighting work going on to promote understanding between people of different faiths and beliefs. Please follow the link below: 1.3 Multi- faith Spaces in Higher Education Institutions Terry Biddington has sent us this to introduce the recently-launched 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). Terry is a member of the group working on this and says: 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. 2
  3. 3. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 We are very aware of the relevance of this project to the work of HE chaplaincy, of the steady growth in MFS on HE campuses, and of the profile of MFS within the development strategies of the HEIs. We would like to enlist your interest and support. Please email us if you would like to take 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 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 (or if you wish to be removed from our database). (3) Any documents or photographs you think may be of interest to our research team. Further information is available on our website at 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. If you would prefer an initial informal conversation, please contact Terry Biddington, Co- ordinating Chaplain to the Manchester HE Community on 0161 275 2894 or via email 2. HE ISSUES 2.1 Vince Cable’s speech IMPORTANT SPEECH!!!!! Vince Cable, minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, made a speech on July 15th which I think will turn out to be a key one for the guidance of the development of the sector during the present government. It can be found at This really is one to read in full if you are at all interested in the context within which we do our work. 3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS 3.1 Anglican and Methodist Chaplains conference (includes those serving in ecumenical chaplaincies linked to either or both denomination). This will be held in High 3
  4. 4. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 Leigh from September 6 to 9 2010. Contributors include John Newling, the Applecart th th Theatre company in ‘Telling the Gospel for lost for lost generations’ (workshop) and ‘Applecart... In Which There’ll be Hocus-Pocus and Mumbo Jumbo’ (performance), . The programme includes the Vivace Quartet as well. Steve Egan (Deputy Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and Bishop John Saxbee, (Chair of Church of England Board of Education and author of No Faith in Religion). The theme is ‘Dreams and Realities’. Music, literature and art will help us to dream, including about what we are about in higher education …… and we will face some realities about the place of religion in society and about the funding constraints of the present days. To book, please complete the form below. Anglican Methodist Sept 2010- ... 3.2 In Bad Faith –Workshops Speaker - Christian Szurko Othona Community in Essex Saturday 28th August to Saturday 4th September Workshops examining the nature of what the organisers of the workshops call extremist authoritarian sects and the needs of people harmed by involvement with them. Organised by the Dialog Centre UK, which has worked in this field for over 30 years. Link: Link: 3.3 New Chaplains Training The Churches Higher Education Liaison Group offers training to all new to chaplaincy (chaplains and chaplaincy assistants). ‘New’ is interpreted widely to mean those who have been in post for up to a year (or more if you want to come), those about to start, and those thinking they might want to go into HE chaplaincy at some point and want to explore what it is about. The training begins on 22nd July 2010 with a day session at Methodist Church House in Marylebone Rd, London. There is then a residential session January 19th to 21st, 2011. The day in July will help to ‘map out the territory’, looking at some of the issues people commonly face when moving into chaplaincy and beginning to think about how to face them. The January residential includes a visit to two chaplaincies, theological reflection on the models of chaplaincy at work in them, and other sessions which we will decide on in the light of the day in July. Subjects typically covered are working ecumenically, working in a multi-faith context, handling religion in the public sphere, the spirituality of young adults, what are the key issues in higher education? 4
  5. 5. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 To book, please complete the form below: New Chaplains Conf Booking For... 3.4 Awareness Foundation course Here are details of a course from the Foundation which they say is aimed at helping Christians engage more confidently with people whose faith is different from their own and with such issues as fundamentalism, the impact of globalisation and secularism. The first module, called 'Citizens of Two Kingdoms' is now ready to go out on the road, as it were. There will be others to follow. It would be ideal for student groups. Basically, the Awareness Course: • Looks at Christianity in the context of the 21st century • Includes Islamic and Jewish perspectives to promote better self understanding and broaden horizons • Does not assume prior knowledge • Is versatile and easy to teach Each module consists of 8 sessions. Each session comprises a mix of teaching and group activities and discussion, both aimed at relating the material to people’s own life experiences and to the context in which they live and work. Total time 80-90 minutes including a teaching DVD and up to 40 minutes for activities and discussion. The role of the course leader is that of facilitator and motivator. Each course pack contains: • A course book • 20 study packs for participants • A DVD with 16 core teaching segments which are interspersed throughout the session. Cost £99 with extra packs available at low cost. Support for course leaders is available via e-mail: and phone 020 7730 8830. 3.5 Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education Universities face many challenges in the coming years of economic pressure and difficult social choices. The Religious Literacy Leadership in Higher Education programme supports universities to make the most of what faith can offer in addressing these challenges in important practical ways 5
  6. 6. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 including: Equalities and Diversity; Widening Participation and Social Mobility; Good Campus Relations; and Student Experience. Religious Literacy Leadership workshops Participants will engage with critically rooted input from leading thinkers on religion in the public sphere, and work through carefully researched case study materials to think through concrete responses to real-life practical challenges in HEIs. York: Workshop A - 13 September 2010 Workshop B - 18 October 2010 London: Workshop A - 17 September 2010 Workshop B - 22 October 2010 These two-part Religious Literacy Leadership workshops are FREE OF CHARGE. For more details, and to reserve your place please call 01904876272 or email: or visit the website Play a leading role in society with regard to matters of religion and belief Workshops for SM RLLP Leaflet (small and HE Leaders leaflet.pdf size).pdf 3.6 CEUC Next year’s conference is in Hungary 11-18 June 2011 Allan Smith was elected as the new CEUC rep for the UK & Ireland 3.7 Student Linkup Luke Smith of Fusion has sent us this: Student Linkup. Every year, thousands of young people leave a church and go off to university. Sadly, most of them don't find a church when they get to university. We need to change this and Student Linkup is one way of doing that. Go to and you will see how a young person can register and say where they are expecting to go to university and Fusion will connect them to churches in university location. Please send this on to anyone you know going to university this year. It is also worth sending them this video about starting university. Made by Miriam, a current student. Share it on Facebook. Its so important we get this message out there. Also please 'like' student linkup on Facebook at 117734187867?ref=ts 6
  7. 7. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 3.8 National Inter-Faith Forum Kat Luckock is the NUS's faiths worker and has sent this. I know Kat would appreciate it if you encouraged any participation you can! INFORMATION SHEET_National Int... 4. TRAINING 4.1Ecumenical Course A leaflet given out at CEUC gives details of courses at St Philip's Centre in Leicester, which works with 'Study and Engagement in a multi faith society'. One course is an 'Ecumenical Course for Chaplains in HE and FE'. See 5. PASTORAL 5.1 Suicide and Young People Sadly,many chaplains have to deal with student suicides from time to time. The attached briefing note from the National Children's Bureau might be of interest. Suicide and young people.pdf 6. VACANCIES 6.1 Internship Advert Internship Advert June 2010 - long version.doc 7
  8. 8. Higher Education Bulletin – June 2010 7 STUDENTS AND CHRISTIANITY Dr Sonia Sharma writes: - Christianity and the University Experience in Contemporary England is a groundbreaking, 3-year study conducted collaboratively by academics from the universities of Durham, Derby and Chester. It is funded by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, Religion and Youth Scheme. University is an important stage of personal development, where students’ attitudes and values, including religious ones, can be questioned, abandoned, modified or strengthened. Christians are the largest student faith group, and chaplaincies and other Christian activities have always been present on English university campuses. Nonetheless, there is almost no empirical research on Christianity amongst university students in England. Our project will take place in two phases: (i) a national survey of undergraduates – including those who see themselves as Christians and those who do not - across a selection of universities across England, and (ii) 3 in-depth case studies, involving qualitative interviews and focus groups with a sample of undergraduate students in 3 English universities. Our overall aim is to paint a picture of Christianity on the university campus, including the beliefs and values of Christians when compared with non-Christians, the convictions they bring with them to university and those they take from the university context, and how religious identities are affected by experiences of teaching, learning and involvement in social networks. This will be the first in-depth study of Christianity among undergraduates at English universities and will examine not just the religious and moral values of students but also their implications for social difference and cohesion among the student body. For more information please visit our website at or email Dr. Sonya Sharma at ------------------------------------- With best wishes, Gabriella Gabriella Di Salvo – Executive Assistant, Lifelong Learning Team, Education Division 8