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#WoolfWatch Week Eight

Published May 13, 2020 by Tara Zammit

As we are now working or staying at home during this time of isolation and social distancing, we thought it would be nice to share a list of some of our home entertainment recommendations. We are calling this new series #WoolfWatch. Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks and welcome to Week Eight!

We send our best wishes to you all at this time and hope you enjoy our series.


We've now been in lockdown in the UK for over 50 days. How has this period impacted people of faith and religious practice in different communities? Our video recommendation this week is the COVID-19 Chronicles series. Featuring religious leaders and scholars from Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Hindu communities, this series explores how religious communities are adapting their practices during the pandemic. You can watch all of the videos here (and stay tuned for Part Two: Beyond the UK!).


One of the most complicated challenges that has arisen during this period is the inability to travel, safely or at all. It makes many of us feel disconnected, isolated and stuck. But where did we develop this need to travel? Is it an evolutionary development, a religious need or something some of us simply enjoy doing? Our podcast recommendation this week is From Pilgrimage to Package Tour in our Naked Reflections podcast series with The Naked Scientists. Dr Ed Kessler, Ilaria Bernocchi, Dunya Habash and Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner explore the idea of travel through art, music, history, language, faith and more. You can listen to this episode here and subscribe for more weekly Naked Reflections episodes here.


Musical traditions are one way that religious communities can connect and come together, sharing sounds and experiences over centuries of interfaith interaction. Last year, our Sir Mick and Lady Barbara Davis Visiting Fellow Dr Abigail Wood wrote about Religious Soundscapes in Cambridge and this piece is our blog recommendation this week. Abigail's blog explores questions like 'Should religious sounds be exempt from city noise legislation?' and more. You can read it here. Interested in writing a blog of your own?

Email with your thoughts - we'd love to hear from you.


With schools shut around the UK, many families are seeking resources to help teach their children until they can return to their normal educational settings. One of the resources we developed in the past is the 'RE-framing education about beliefs and practices in schools' report. This report is designed to act as a toolkit to help reframe teaching about these topics in the education system. You can read the report here and check out our other research projects here.

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