RE:Connect – 2023-24 Teacher Fellowship Programme on RE and Climate Crisis open now!

Are you looking for ways to connect your RE teaching with the environmental crisis? 

The RE:Connect Teacher Fellowship Programme is designed to help deepen teachers’ understanding and confidence for exploring the environmental crisis through the lens of religions and worldviews in RE. The programme is not just about getting ideas, but also enhancing your teaching practice and professional network around this theme.

After a successful pilot of the programme in 2021-22, RE:Connect is running again from September 2023, thanks to a grant from Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.

The initiative is run by Dr Jeremy Kidwell, Associate Professor in Theological Ethics at the University of Birmingham and Dr Ian Jones of St Peter’s Saltley Trust, with input from  experienced primary and secondary specialists, environmental scientists, climate activists and academic researchers in religion and environment.

The programme offers opportunities to:

  • Deepen subject knowledge on the intersection of religion and ecology
  • Work with cutting-edge subject specialists on religious ethics/practice, ecology, and climate change policy
  • Work as part of a supportive and dynamic team to create and trial new approaches and resources for teaching on this theme
  • Become a champion for teaching and learning on religion and environmental crisis


The Teacher Fellowship Programme involves monthly workshops from Autumn 2023 to Spring 2024, with tasks to undertake between workshops.  Programme sessions will include one fully-funded weekend residential and 6-8 online evening sessions (roughly one per month). There is no cost of participation to the teacher or their school and Fellows receive a bursary of £500 to cover costs of participation plus travel expenses to enable attendance at in-person sessions.

Watch a video of Jeremy introducing the 2021-22 Teacher Fellowship Programme here or above.

If you would like to be kept in touch with developments, email either Jeremy ( or Ian (

You can also follow the project on Twitter at: @Climate_and_RE