Living Well Together conference looks at the role of women in religion

On the day after the England women’s football team played in the semi-final of the world cup, ninety students and their teachers gathered together to hear from Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith practitioners speaking about the role of women in religion.

For the first time, all eight of the Church of England secondary academies in the Diocese were represented for the second Living Well Together Conference at the Archbishop’s Palace in Southwell.

Working in mixed school groups, students then had the opportunity to discuss the issues raised and question the faith practitioners about their views. One student commented: “It was good to find someone with similar ideas and morals as me and from someone with a different religion.”

Dr Anne Lumb from the Diocesan Education Team said, “We are delighted that all eight of our secondary church academies have recognised the importance of engaging students in these discussions. The students have learned so much today from the different faiths represented. But the most important message is seeing that Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Christians can be friends even when they have different views on an issue. Learning how to ‘disagree well’ is vital for the future of our society.”

The conference was organised by the Diocesan Education Team in partnership with the Minster Education Team and the St Philip’s Centre, Leicester.