Training Example 1: Understanding Islam and Muslims in Britain
Session 1: Understanding Muslims
An overview of Muslim belief and practice with the stress on listening to the Muslim in front of you. Explores the history of Muslim responses to modernity and the diversity of philosophical, theological and political thought.
Session 2: Exploring Islam in Britain
Moves beyond the stereotypes to explore the variety, geography and demography of Muslim communities in Britain. The session raises some of the issues facing these communities and how they might affect the church.
Session 3: Christians responding to Islam
What concerns Christians about Islam and the presence of Muslims? A discussion and assessment of the spectrum of Christian responses to Islam in Britain from confrontation to conciliation, ideology to pragmatism.
Session 4: Christians engaging with Muslims
The final session looks at the challenges of multicultural coexistence and the implications of shared social action in addition to how the church might approach dialogue and the sensitive issues of evangelism and the pastoral care of converts.
Example 2: Religious Literacy and the World Today
History - Religion, empire, state and revolution
Modernisation and (de-)secularisation
Secularisation or Secularism?
- Pairs discussion
Religion and worldview
Religion and the fathers of sociology:
- Max Weber - What does religion mean to people?
- Karl Marx - What role does religion play in ‘the struggle’?
- Emile Durkheim - How does religion help structure society?
Religion and international affairs
- Pairs - Identify the event
Religion and complexity
- Video – Which is the real believer?
Religion and politics
- Groups - Case studies