Factsheets

Factsheet: The Church of England

March 29, 2021

The Church of England is England's national "established" Christian denomination. It split from the Catholic Church in the 16th century and today, despite decades of decline, its parishes still cover every inch of England and its institutions remain deeply embedded in national life
Factsheet: Druids

March 26, 2021

Druidry is a contemporary movement which takes inspiration from the beliefs and practices of the religious leaders in Iron Age European society, known as druids. Modern druidry began in the 18th century during a revival of interest in ancient druids, of which almost nothing is actually known with any historical certainty
Factsheet: Haredi Jews

March 12, 2021

By Lianne Kolirin Who are Haredi Jews?  Strictly Orthodox Jews are often referred to as Haredi, which stems from the Hebrew word hared, meaning to tremble. Added meaning is drawn from a verse in Isaiah, in which God says: “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at my...
Factsheet: Purim

February 23, 2021

By Lianne Kolirin What is Purim? After the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE, the Jews were exiled to Persia, which was then ruled by Ahasuerus, or Achashverosh. According to the Book of Esther in the Hebrew Bible, the king at that time had an adviser, Haman, who was plotting to kill the Jews. But when the planned...
Factsheet: Buddhism

February 12, 2021

Buddhism is followed by approximately 535 million people worldwide and is variously described as a religion, philosophy, code of ethics, path of practice and spiritual development and/or a way of life
Factsheet: the Methodist Church

February 5, 2021

The Methodist movement is a denomination of Christianity which was born in the 18th century with John Wesley, a Church of England cleric and evangelist who sparked a revival through preaching to ordinary people outside the church. It later blossomed into its own denomination after Wesley's death and is now widespread across the world

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