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Diocese of Chester supports Academy A-Level students with religious studies - 30/11/2017

Last week, University Church of England Academy (UCEA) was delighted to welcome Rev Liz Shercliffe (Director of Studies for Readers in the Diocese of Chester) to talk to Year 13 A-Level students about Ordination in the Church of England and Christian Feminism, allowing them to delve deeper into the subject.

Mr Shelton, Head of Religious Studies at UCEA, arranged the visit. The A-Level unit which Year 13 students are currently working through focuses on the Role of Women, both in the church and in the secular world, and requires them to research how feminists have shaped Christian thinking and the Church.

Mr Shelton, said: “I was really pleased to welcome Rev Shercliffe to University Church of England Academy and thank her for the time she spent with the students.  Her insights into ordination, bringing a different perspective than my own, were greatly valued.  It’s really helpful to have the support of Chester Diocese with sensitive topics such as this, and I look forward to working with other members of the Diocese in dealing with other real life experiences alongside students.  The students also found it helpful to see that Biblical text could be interpreted in multiple ways, and began to appreciate and understand some of the debates that occur within the Church.”

Zoe Butler, Head Girl at UCEA, said: “The visit was really useful, especially hearing the information in a different way.  We understood the topic more thoroughly and it helped us discuss and think through the issues.” 

Emily Jones, A-Level student at UCEA, added: “It added more understanding to the topic as she has experience and studies it.”