A Faith in the Nexus Video – Faith-talk in the home-Meeting Recording from September 2021 led by Ms Pittaway and Dr Casson from NICER, at Canterbury Christ Church University. For more including pdfs to download visit https://nicer.org.uk/faith-in-the-nexus.
Faith in the Nexus Seminar: Spiritual Leadership of Church Primary School Headteachers, led by Ursula Eisl (NICER intern) in conversation with Dr Ann Casson
Faith in the Nexus Seminar: Spiritual Leadership of Church Primary School Headteachers, led by Ursula Eisl (NICER intern) in conversation with Dr Ann Casson.
Date presented: July 7th 2021
This Faith in the Nexus seminar explores the role that headteachers play in shaping a church school culture that allows for spiritual growth in children and facilitates children’s exploration of faith in the home. Ursula Eisl shares her findings from an analysis of the head teachers use of language to portray their school’s role in facilitating the children’s exploration of faith. How such language is framed and communicated is vital for church school leaders. The data reveals considerable variation in the language that church school headteachers employ to express their vision for a school culture that fosters growth and helps promote a community of inclusivity.
Research and Development Lead at the National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER), Canterbury Christ Church University.
DOWNLOAD OUR NEW RESOURCE FAITH-TALK AT HOME
Often children seek to explore faith and the big existential issues by asking questions. Home can provide a safe and exploratory space for faith- talk. When children initiate such conversations at home, these are precious moments of opportunity. Download via nicer.org.uk/faith-in-the-nexus/the-nexus-toolkit
We have one especially for a family context and one for the school/church context.
Printable versions available on request at email@example.com
Our animation is ready and has a guide, Exploring Faith in the Nexus to accompany it.
The animation recognises that all children have a spiritual life that drives them to seek meaning and purpose in life. Often in this search, children turn to their parents with big questions about things such as the origin of life, the existence of God, and life after death.
We acknowledge that being confronted with such questions can be daunting for parents and can leave them feeling inadequate to offer a response. Thus, our main message through the animation is one of reassurance and encouragement.
Parents are in a unique position to stand alongside their child and explore with them. To just “be” with your child, to share the journey of discovery and curiosity with them is powerful and offers an experience that will encourage your child to be spiritually curious, setting the foundations for them to grow stronger in their spiritual life.
You can find the animation on our website https://nicer.org.uk/faith-in-the-nexus/the-nexus-toolkit
Death is inevitable, but is often hidden away, talked about in whispers. Finding the language to talk with children about death is challenging, whether in the home or in school environment. It’s often easier to assume that children are not ready nor interested in learning about death, than to proactively prepare oneself to explore the issue together. In this seminar discussion Dr Sabina Hulbert presents empirical evidence supporting the claim that primary school children are indeed expecting parents and carers to engage in these conversations when they return home from school. It was a first-class event bringing together diocesan directors of education, church leaders of children’s ministry and academics interested in the research area of children’s spirituality.
Research and Development Lead at National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER), Canterbury Christ Church University
This recent seminar led by Dr Ann Casson draws upon some key findings from the Faith in the Nexus report that considers the diversity of expression and understanding associated with a sense of belonging and connection. The main Nexus report found that where a strong, active relationship between church and school was perceived, then there was more evidence of faith-related activities at home. In this seminar, Dr Ann Casson considers:
- The different ways in which people belong to church.
- The value individuals place on this connection with church.
- Different in kind, not strength of belonging.
- The importance of recognising where people are and acknowledging that perhaps for many that is where they want to stay.
The first Growing Faith podcast is now live, including an interview with Dr Ann Casson, and the voices of young people from Southeark Diocese. (And as a bonus there’s an uncut version of my interview with Ann looking at her Faith in the Nexus research.)
Our Faith in the Nexus research report has led to dioceses offering training based on the report. Here is one offer by the Diocese of York.
How do church primary schools facilitate opportunities for children’s exploration of faith and spiritual life in the home?
The Faith in the Nexus research project has identified the fruitful ways in church primary schools (working in collaboration with churches and other interested stakeholders) facilitate opportunities for the exploration of children’s faith/spiritual life in the home.
The research findings emerged from research focus group interviews with 450 participants (pupils, parents & staff), and an online survey with 1000 participants across 20 church primary schools in England.
This session explores the report and the implications of the findings for our work with children and young people in the Diocese of York
DATE:21 Apr 2021
TIMES:7:30pm – 9:00pm
We have launched a set of Faith in the Nexus animations and video presentations with associated materials to help work in the ‘nexus’ of school, church and home.
The Faith in the Nexus research project has identified the fruitful ways in which twenty church primary schools (working in collaboration with churches and other interested stakeholders) facilitate opportunities for the exploration of children’s faith/spiritual life in the home. The research findings emerged from research focus group interviews with 450 participants (pupils, parents & staff), and an online survey with 1000 participants across 20 church primary schools in England.