Monthly Archives: January 2019

Focus on World Religions

2019-01-30T10:56:32+01:00January 30th, 2019|

Last week was World Religion Week at UWC RCN, with focus on interfaith dialogue and intercultural understanding and philosophy of religion. We welcomed two visitors for the event, Hugh Rice of the University of Oxford, who led workshops on arguments for and against the existence of God, and Rev’d Canon Philip Lambert, who led TOK classes on faith as a way of knowing.

Organising group with our two visitors

In his sessions Mr Lambert talked about the meaning and importance of religious rituals. History students and others interested talked with civil rights leader and president of the Raleigh Apex NAACP, Gerald D Givens Jr. about the role of religion in the US Civil Rights Movement. Our star team of student organizers led a range of cultural sharing events, including a Q&A on the role of women in religion, an evening of sharing about different religious practices on campus in the form of a “speed dating” event and a meditative conversation about prayer in the silent house. We rounded off the week with a team quiz and on Sunday a wonderful concert of religious music from some of our talented students and staff.

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A Colourful Visitor

2019-01-23T13:36:47+01:00January 23rd, 2019|

A large light spectrum visits our biology lab on those rare clear days in winter, when the Sun is high enough over the hills but low enough to shine through an accidental prism (a half-hexagon aquarium placed by the window). This makes the white light split into its shiny component colours.

This stunning light phenomena happens in the most “lightless” part of the year. On a clear day, it first shows up as a short splash of colour and then continuously elongates along the wall until it disappears – a portrait of Earth’s rotation around the Sun.

It’s longest lasting dance along the wall happens at the end of November and beginning of February but it was once even spotted as late as an April evening – but for less than a minute.

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