Contains over 8 Videos
Between October 2000 and June 2002, a University of Lancaster study of the population of Kendal, a town near the Lakes District in the UK, revealed some fascinating trends in modern society's approach to, and practice of, religion and spirituality. Known as the Kendal Project, the study looked at the prevalence of regular congregational church attendance compared with the popularity of spirituality in the holistic domain. It showed that church attendance trending steadily downwards and uptake of spirituality in the holistic domain, increasing. This programme explores the scope and methodology of the Kendal Project, its findings and conclusions about modern society, religion and spirituality and examines implications and explanations of changing trends. We hear reflections from a range of people, including University of Lancaster academics involved in the Kendal project, a member of the clergy, and a modern day practising witch. It is an excellent learning resource at senior secondary and higher education levels for students of sociology, religion, values and ethics. Show Less
Designed for students who are tackling the subjects of evil and suffering in relation to the existence of God this film offers examples of what could be perceived as ‘suffering’ in the world today and explores the meaning of ‘suffering’ from a religious point of view. Comment from eminent ethicists and professional journalists discussing some of the more controversial incidents in recent years makes this resource the starting point for informed and stimulating debate. Show Less
What are the sacraments held within the Christian doctrine and why are they relevant to us today? This informative film seeks to define the term ‘sacrament’ and explores baptism, confirmation, The Eucharist, marriage, ordination, reconciliation, anointing and funerals from the perspective of several Christian denominations. Show Less
This programme looks at the recent turmoil for Australian asylum seekers.
You probably don’t realise it, but when you share a meal with your friends, you are involved in a ritual. Sitting around a table somehow brings us closer together, creates a sense of community. We are not only sharing food but also feelings - friendship, love, pride and a sense of belonging. This programme looks at etiquette and manners from the formal occasion of a Japanese Tea Ceremony, to a Samoan welcome ceremony, to a Christmas street party. As well, six high school students create their own special occasion. Show Less
This programme explores what's involved in running for the Senate, using the campaign of Charmaine Clarke as a case study.
This programme begins by comparing rules in games to rules in society. It then uses simple, play-acted situations involving a group of roller bladers to illustrate why we have rules, and what happens if they are not followed, or if they are unfair. The role of courts, and concepts such as tradition, custom, social order, justice and fairness are presented in a vivid uncomplicated way. Show Less
In his thought-provoking programme presented by Richard Morecroft, we ask what does it mean to be an Australian and why do we need an identity? Archival film is used to encourage discussion about traditional conceptions of the Australian image and students are invited to challenge the legends and consider how they match reality. Show Less