Peacemakers is an online resource which uses film, music, photography
and other media with the aim of improving understanding in the UK
between Christians, Muslims and others and promoting positive action.
It was produced following the 7 July 2005 events in London to actively
challenge the misconceptions based on suspicion and fear that followed.
There are 5 sections in the resource each supported by a presentation:
This resource offers a powerful contemporary stimulus for work on
topics such as peacemaking, prejudice, conflict and the impact of
religious beliefs, and can support the development of students' ability
to investigate and explain, express insight into and reflect and evaluate a range of themes, ideas, challenges and issues (The non-statutory national framework for religious education, 2004, Pg28) http://www.qcda.gov.uk/7886.aspx
- Viral commercials: powerful, short sequences, which investigate and challenge some common stereotypes and misunderstandings.
- Music: promo to highlight the issues that underlie prejudice and provoke conflict: fear, ignorance, greed, misinformation.
- Peacemakers: 15 minutes of
interviews with several Christian and Muslim leaders talking about
their views on peacemaking and building relations between different
faith communities. Discussion activities focus on prejudice and fear;
hatred and violence; peace, reconciliation and justice.
- Film about faith: three
Britons – Muslim dental student, Christian actor/househusband, Secular
art teacher, explain what faith means in their lives and how they
relate to people of different faiths.
- Photographic exhibition: a short clip showing some of the photos to feature in the forthcoming exhibition of the Peacemakers project.