For Teachers in our Region

Details of  CPD, events, teach meets, network groups, SACREs, links to local resources and syllabi, summary of any action research, list of REQM schools etc. will be available on an RE East Facebook page with over 50 members of the group. These include primary and secondary teachers of RE, as well as some youth workers, clergy and others in the East supporting RE. The areas we are covering are basically the ‘AREIAC’ Eastern region- Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire in the main…
Please join the Facebook group which is a ‘closed group’ so this means people have to ask to join. The link to the page is

The 2017 Keswick Hall Lecture Series

Faith Literacy and the Keswick Hall Lecture Series

In an increasingly secular society such as Britain it is easy for policy makers and the media to trade on people’s ignorance about religious belief to present a simplistic and often negative image of people of faith. A homogenised view that lumps all people of faith into one category and caricatures believers as slightly simple, naïve or dangerous. Over recent years media organisations have dropped religious editors from their payroll leaving those without religious belief or understanding to provide a distorted commentary.   In order to combat this tendency UEA Faith Literacy Network was set up in 2016 by Professors John Charmley (St Mary’s University, Twickenham) and Lee Marsden (UEA). The idea is to provide a forum for faith groups to meet to discuss issues surrounding faith and politics and to challenge stereotypical portrayals of religion in the media. The network includes academics working on religion, society and politics across the arts and humanities.

The Faith Literacy Network in association with the Keswick Hall Trust ran a successful series of three Keswick Hall lectures in 2016 featuring Aaqil Ahmed, Head of Religion & Ethics at the BBC, and Baroness Warsi, former Minister of State for Faith and Communities, who talked to Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke, the former Education and Home Secretary and visiting Professor at UEA.  About their own faith and ‘Religion & Politics’. The second Keswick Hall lecture of 2016 saw Lee Marsden, Professor of International Relations in the School of Political, Social and International Relations at UEA, give a lecture entitled, “I’m Okay, You’re Okay”, addressing the issue of religion in the public sphere. The third and final Keswick Hall lecture of 2016 saw the Rt. Hon. Prof. Charles Clarke give his talk on the relationship between faith & politics. He opened by stating that faith needs more involvement in political conversations both domestically, and in the international context.

In July 2016 twenty faith leaders representing different groups from across Norfolk participated in a one day symposium entitled ‘Family, Neighbours, Strangers. Religion and the Good Society’. The symposium provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the role of faith in contributing to a good society considering relations within and outside faith communities and between different faiths. The symposium was addressed by Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield on the theme of Faith and British Values .

In March 2017 a new series of Keswick Hall Lectures will take place at the University of East Anglia with a series of TED talk-style sessions on Free Speech, Hate Speech and Faith Speech featuring Dr Alex Brown, a leading authority and author of a book on hate speech . These will be followed by an interfaith roundtable discussion of British values with local faith leaders chaired by Charles Clarke. The final event will be Charles Clarke in Conversation with a leading politician about how faith shapes their political outlook and practice. 

The UEA Faith Literacy Network will be seeking ways to engage with local faith communities throughout the year and future events will be announced shortly.


Lee Marsden

University of East Anglia