- Farmington Institute for Christian Studies
The Farmington Institute for Christian Studies is based at
Harris Manchester College, a constituent college of the University of Oxfordin the United Kingdom. Dr Ralph Walleris both Principalof the College and Director of the Farmington Institute.
Origin of the Institute
The Farmington Institute was founded by the late Hon. Robert 'Bobby' Willis, a member of the West Country tobacco family
W.D. & H.O. Wills[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/main.jhtml?xml=/education/2002/08/29/tefteach29.xml] , to support, encourage and improve Christian education in schools, colleges and universities. The idea for founding the Institute came to him during the Second World War, when he was serving with the Grenadier Guards. He decided that if he survived the War he would do something to make the world a better place. Although severely wounded, he did survive, and so set up the Institute. [http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/History%20of%20the%20Farmington%20Trust.pdf]
Aims of the Institute
Originally the Institute was instrumental in setting up regional RE resource centres and organising conferences for teachers of
Religious Education. Wills then decided to offer Farmington Fellowships, a form of educational scholarship, which allowed RE teachers to have a term out of school giving them time to research a relevant topic at a university. The Institute pays fcr all incidental expenses, including providing a replacement teacher in the Fellow's school. [http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/History%20of%20the%20Farmington%20Trust.pdf] The Farmington Fellows present the results of their researches in an annual summer conference which is held in Oxfordat Harris Manchester College.
Having been awarded
MillenniumGrants in 1997and 2000, the Institute is now able to offer Farmington Fellowships to primary and secondary schoolteachers of Religious Education, teachers of RE to children with Special Educational Needs, as well as headteachers. The Institute also gives Fellowships to the British Armed Forcesto undertake research into moral and ethical leadership. The Farmington Papers, provided free to members of the Institute, are aimed at RE teachers and others interested in theological and religious subjects. Conferences and seminars are arranged periodically.
The Institute is
ecumenicalin its Christianoutlook and takes a particular interest in developing good relationships with other world religions.
* [http://www.farmington.ac.uk/ Website of the Farmington Institute]
* [http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/History%20of%20the%20Farmington%20Trust.pdf History of the Farmington Institute]
* [http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/reports/index.html Farmington Fellows Reports]
* [http://www.retoday.org.uk/links.htm The Farmington Institute on the RE Today website]
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