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RESource E-News
RESource E-News

30 April 2012

Welcome

A new project on RESource is exploring the 'traces of God' found in popular excursion venues for students. At each venue we will explore a key question about faith and life. We have begun with a question raised by a visit to Melbourne Museum: 'What is the relationship between science and religion?' Fraynework are developing an exciting visual present-ation. In the meantime, click on our feature issue to have a look.  

What's On
What's On

Religious Education Today: Conference at ACU, St Patrick's Campus, July 26-27. Explore contemporary issues in RE with Dr Mathijs Lamberigts, Bishop Vincent Long, Janet Buhagiar, many other presenters and your colleagues. Register on CEVN through IPLS Code 12REJ100C. Info: 92670263.

Strengthening our Response to Asylum Seekers: for agencies parishes and schools. Cardinal Knox Centre, Albert Street, East Melbourne. Friday 11 May, 9am to 3:30pm. www.trybooking.com/BILO

Two events noting the impact of Vatican II are 'A Conversation with Clifford Longley: Vatican II, the People of God and the World Today' at the Oratory, Newman College, Friday May 11, 6-7.30. Booking: 95306004 and Catholic Theological College's Knox Public Lecture by Professor Orm Rush, Australia and Vatican II: Assessing the Reception of the Council, Wednesday May 16th at 7.30 at the Cardinal Knox Centre. jill.allen@ctc.edu.au   

Annual Jewish/Catholic Dinner, June 3, 7 for 7.30 start. Speakers: Rabbi John Levi, Fr Brendan Hayes. Good company, food and music. Cardinal Knox Centre, Albert Street, East Melbourne. www.jewishcatholicdinner.eventbrite.com.au

                        

Have you seen:
Some interesting sites:

A regular request from teachers is for reliable sites on the major world religions. The front page of the BBC Religion site provides a list of the major faiths and atheism also. Clicking on a particular faith enables you to view each tradition either 'At a Glance', a brief summary of the tradition, or to click on categories like Beliefs, Customs, Rituals, History to explore further. In addition a few reliable external links for each are provided.

As Pentecost approachs, good resources for helping prepare staff or class prayer and liturgy are available at re-Worship.  If you are focussing on the Holy Spirit in class you might also find "I believe in the Holy Spirit ..." in the Beliefs Module helpful.

The Google Art Project is a wonderful site worth visiting especially if you would like to explore the possibilities of experiencing faith/ spirituality through art.

We don't often recommend sites suitable for very young students but Catholic Icing, a home-schooling site has great hands on, do-able craft activities to support religious education in the Junior school. 

Have you seen:
Not just holiday jobs are going casual!
Not just holiday jobs are going casual!

Of recent years, all sorts of positions are becoming 'casual' not just holiday jobs. What is the long-term impact of this, especially for women? This year's Social Justice letter from Bishop Christopher Saunders addresses the issue of casualisation.

To Be(lieve) or not to Be(lieve)?
To Be(lieve) or not to Be(lieve)?

The Q&A debate between Professor Dawkins and Cardinal Pell on some of the 'big questions' got lots of publicity but another debate at Oxford between Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury was a more considered exchange.

Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II

April 2 marked the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Take another look at the impact of this Pope on the world of the late 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st. 

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