The Westhill Trust seminar series was set up to "energise RE in schools through linking researchers and practitioners". Each seminar is free and some agreed travel expenses are paid. The next seminar - on RE in relation to human rights, values and citizenship - will be held in Leeds, February 4-5, followed by one on ethnography and pluralism and RE in Luton, March 30-31.
Open to RE classroom professionals in the UK, the seminars are the collaborative work of the Westhill Trust, British Journal of Religious Education, the charity Christian EducationRE Today and the Professional Council for RE.
Accepted applicants are expected to take an active part and to consider whether they will write something for publication afterwards.
RE Today Services, 1020 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham
Stands for Education is running courses on "How the new national framework for RE can energise key stages 3 and 4 and improve learning", Sheffield November 30, Birmingham January 11, and London January 14; and "How to teach Christianity at KS3 and 4 using Theatre of Learning techniques to engage students, increase motivation and improve achievement", Birmingham December 10, Manchester February 11, and London, March 14. Fee per course:
pound;225 plus VAT.
Tel: 0117 311 5253 www.sfe.co.uk
As part of its Faith in One City celebrations, Liverpool has mounted a free exhibition called "Yours Faithfully" at the Museum of Liverpool Life, until January 9. It is based on the findings of students from six local secondary schools who explored the diverse religious traditions and practices with representatives from 10 of the city's faith communities (Anglican, Baha'i, Buddhist, Catholic, Free Church, Greek
Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh).
The exhibition features suitcases containing personal items that each faith representative uses to sustain their spiritual identity - the belongings they would not travel without. These range from Bibles, a Hindu-painted scroll, a Passover book, an icon of the Virgin Mary and a steel bracelet (Kara), to football boots, a Snoopy toy and even a Pot Noodle. The students also wrote reports, took photographs, conducted interviews, filmed their experiences, reflected on their own spirituality and packed their own "travel bags".
There is an accompanying programme of events and a complementary exhibition, "Seeing is believing: faith in the Tate Collection", can be seen at nearby Tate Liverpool, December 11 to May 2.
Tel: 0151 478 4080