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Dean of Westminster: It’s time to bring other worldviews into Religious Education

Navigating the complex world of faith is one of the most important challenges young people face. RE should reflect a globalised world, with a growing diversity of beliefs and practices

By John Hall  

The newly appointed Dean of Westminster Abbey, Canon John Hall, 57, in College garden, in the grounds of Westminster Abbey today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 19 2006. Canon John Hall, 57, the Church of England's chief education officer, has been appointed as the new Dean of Westminster Abbey. A former teacher who later trained for the Church of England ministry, Canon Hall succeeds the Very Rev Dr Wesley Carr, who retired in February. Westminster Abbey is classed as a "royal peculiar", meaning that it is independent of normal Anglican diocesan control and answerable to the Queen. See PA Story RELIGON Abbey. Photo credit should read Fiona Hanson/PA

The last time a major step change in Religious Education took place, the world watched in awe at the prospect of a man walking on the moon for the first time, eagerly anticipating the discovery of new forms of life and cultures on a new frontier. Back down on earth, however, minority ethnic communities were fighting for liberties and civil rights, while war raged in Vietnam.

Looking back, it’s easy to…

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