Tibetan Dancers, Reggae Drummers and Doctor Who at Religious Education Conference
Dancing by Tibetan Buddhist monks and music from Rastafarian drummers are among the highlights at a three-day conference on religious education (RE) for school sixth formers, to be hosted by Bath Spa University.
(Media-Newswire.com) - Dancing by Tibetan Buddhist monks and music from Rastafarian drummers are among the highlights at a three-day conference on religious education ( RE ) for school sixth formers, to be hosted by Bath Spa University.
Around 800 students from nine secondary schools in Bath and North East Somerset are taking part in the Sixth Form RE Conference 2010, which starts on Monday 5 July.
Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monastery will perform traditional sacred chants and masked dances expressing their Buddhist philosophy. There will also be performances by the well-known reggae drummer Rim Bim and his group. They and the monks will then hold workshops to explain the connections with their religious beliefs.
The main conference theme is 'Big Questions and Alternative Answers'. The big questions under discussion include whether religion brings peace or conflict, whether there is a 'God gene' and whether 'near death' experiences are hallucinations. Alternative answers are sought from a variety of religious and belief traditions, including Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, Nihilist, Bahai, Rastafarian and Christian.
Other workshops at the conference will tackle issues as diverse as whether our culture today is guilty of perpetuating Nazi ideology, the relationship between religion and science and the religious themes in Doctor Who.
The Sixth Form RE Conference, for schools in Bath and North East Somerset, is being held at Bath Spa University's Newton Park campus on 5, 6 and 7 July. It is a partnership between the University, school heads of sixth form and the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education ( SACRE ).
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