The conference on Religious Literacy and Spirituality (held on 14th March, 2013 in Wesminster Abbey) invited key organisations within the RE community to participate in a discussion regarding how the dimension of spirituality might best be located within work to develop religious literacy in children and young people today.
The conference provided me an opportunity to meet practitioners from different parts of UK who were really concerned about RE inclusion/exclusion in the school national curriculum and how it impacted the spiritual growth of children. It was enterprising to see how Chriatians and Muslims have collaborated on a forum in order to safeguard the teachings of their respective religions.
The two workshops I attended during the day were:
- "The Sacred Spaces project on Creativity and Spirituality" by Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
- "Christian Meditation with Children" by Charles & Patricia Posnett (World Community of Christian Meditation)
Both these workshops enabled me to closely observe the similarities and differences between the two religions on the aspect of spirituality. But the fact worth appreciating was that how the two diverse religious groups (Christians andn Muslims) respect each others' views and make a deliberate effort to live in peace and harmony in a plural and secular society.