Religion and Beliefs Toolkit

Religion and Beliefs Toolkit

What Are Religion and Beliefs?

Religious beliefs are a set of principles, which are sacred and holy for individuals and communities. Religion often involves a belief in a God, Gods or a higher power.

It is important to remember that religion and religious beliefs are not limited to organised and institutionalised systems.

Religious beliefs and religions are a way of understanding the origins and history of our existence and world; they help communities and individuals navigate their day to day lives, morality, cultures and societies. For many countries around the world, religion and religious beliefs are the foundations for political and legal systems.

Professional and public spheres can impact how people with religious beliefs navigate the society, community and workplaces they are in. Organisations can create policies and practices, which appreciate and acknowledge religion and therefore create a culture and environment of belonging, without bias for individuals with religious beliefs.

The Diverse Educators’ Religion and Beliefs Toolkit

We are collating a growing bank of resources to support you in reflecting on the following questions:

  • What do I know about religion and religious beliefs?
  • How can I support and appreciate people with religious beliefs in personal and professional lives?
  • How do I challenge religious bias and stereotyping?
  • How do I support and create a safe and inclusive culture for people with religious beliefs?
  • How do I ask questions and navigate conversations about religion and religious beliefs?

Articles

Farrar

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Schools

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Harvard Business Review

Creating Space for Religious Diversity at Work

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Learn Religion

How many religions are there in the world?

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The Independent

How not to be a ‘white saviour’ when you talk about women in Afghanistan and Texas

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The Independent

American Feminism Doesn’t Include Muslim Women – or Hijabs

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The Independent

When teaching evolution, we need to stop forcing people to choose between their faith and science

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Schools Week

How Schools Can Reverse Gypsy and Roma under-achievement

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Blogs

DiverseEd: We Wish You an Inclusive Christmas

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DiversityQ: Faith is the forgotten D&I characteristic

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School Should Be: Diversity, Politics and Education. A Personal (re) view

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School Should Be: Why are pictures of Prophet Muhammad forbidden in Islam?

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Schools Week: Teachers are losing their religion and breaking the rules

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Schools Week: Helping victims of this and every conflict in our schools

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Books

Akhtar, Sabeena. Cut From the Same Cloth?

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Imani, Blair. Read This to Get Smarter

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Jen, Gish. Mona in the Promised Land

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Mirza, Fatima Farheen. A Place for Us

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Osman, Firoza. How to Talk To Your Muslim Child About Sex

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Powers, Richard. A Time of Our Singing

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Stravrakopoulou, Francesca. God: An Anatomy

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Wertheimer, Linda K. Faith Ed: Teaching About Religion in an Age of Intolerance

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Podcasts

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time Podcasts

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Breaking Binaries

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Freshly Grounded

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LSE: Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By: A Conversation with Dr Georgette Bennett

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Serial: The Trojan Horse Affair

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Resources

Burst The Bubble - School Student Led Activist Organisation

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Evolution Education: A Sensitive Issue

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Examples of Microaggressions

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Facing History: Religion and Belonging

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Halaqah - Muslim Meditation

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Imam Connect

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Penguin: Lit in Colour

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Religion and Corporate Culture Report

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Solutions Not Sides

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World Religions

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