Bracknell and Wokingham College welcome Jedis and Rastas as part of spirituality fair

Published: 30 Apr 2014 12:301 comment

BRACKNELL and Wokingham College opened its doors to Jedis as part of a religious fair.

Erin Seiten, at the Buddhist stall at the college's fair.

The college, based in Church Road, welcomed representatives from the Buddhism, Rastafarian, Gideon Society, and Christian faiths – as well as some Jedis.

They were on hand to give insights into their faith and beliefs, with Amaranatho, a Buddhist monk, giving a talk on the society of which he is a member, the All Faiths and None (AFAN).

He later gave a workshop to staff, encouraging them to bring the subject of religion into the classroom. He said: “All Faiths and None is about providing the younger generation with ways in which they can engage in the big questions in their lives and help to break down the stereotypical views of all faith and beliefs; creating an understanding and more tolerant society.

“As an organisation, we welcome events such as this that give the students an opportunity to explore their curiosities about faith and belief.”

A number of students took the opportunity to explore the differing viewpoints,.

Kieran Price, 19, a GCSE student, said: “I’ve spoken with a couple of people at the stalls now finding out about their religions.

“It’s nice to get the different perspectives and almost an overview, so that, if you want, you can find out more about them later on.”

“The event, held last month and open to all age groups, was organised by the college’s student services manager, James Langdon, who said: “Faith is important to many people but the way that different world faiths are represented, by the media, for example, is sometimes misleading. 

“The college is committed to valuing and promoting diversity and we wanted this event to provide staff and students with the opportunity to have their questions answered and perceptions challenged. 

“Hopefully it prompted discussions among friends and encouraged an appreciation of different faiths.”

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