Visit by trainee teachers from UEL
We recently hosted a visit organised by the University of East London for trainee Religious education teachers. They had heard about the work we were doing and were interested to find out more to help them broaden their interpretation of the work that the Church does to relate back to students in their classroom. It was so encouraging to see such a diverse group of young professionals training and asking really searching questions.
Following the visit it was encouraging to get feedback from their tutor who said “huge thanks for the generosity of time and openness in speaking with my students. It was inspiring. The students got so much out of it, and I think, for some of our Muslim students, particularly, provided a threshold moment where they started to reconsider their misconceptions regarding “‘all’ Christians believe/do”. I think the grounding concept of agape began to take a more tangible form for them too. One or two of mine even said that if they didn’t have uni sessions on Thursday evening, they would be very tempted to join St. Columba!”