Jo Cox quote inspires artwork: “We are much more united and have much more in common than what divides us”

The Spirited Arts competition, which is backed by the charity set up in memory of the late Batley and Spen MP, invited this year’s entrants to develop a creative response to Jo Cox’s 2015 quote: ‘we are much more united and have much more in common than what divides us”.

MP for Batley and Spen, Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late Ms Cox, said: “It is heartwarming to see the words of my sister, Jo Cox, continue to resonate and inspire young people.

“She believed passionately in strong communities where people of all faiths and none can find connection through shared values ​​of compassion and mutual respect, and art is a powerful way to express and communicate all that. that we have in common.

“We have a lot more in common,” Rowan, six.

“The growing number of entries for this competition speaks volumes about the importance of religion and worldviews to young people who, in the age of consumerism and technology, are clearly still fascinated by the big questions of life and eager to understand their own personal worldview.

“These excellent entries in the competition play a vital role in highlighting the importance of good religious education in education, society and the workplace.

“Congratulations to everyone who took part in this powerful competition.”

The competition, created and run by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) – the subject teachers’ association for RE professionals – attracts thousands of entries from countries around the world each year.

The late MP Batley and Spen Jo Cox.

Young people are invited to develop works of art that explore important topics related to religion and worldviews, ranging from the existence of God to climate change and human division.

Fiona Moss, Executive Director of NATRE, said, “The topics and questions that participants explore are often addressed every day in the classroom in religious education classes.

“These are the big questions in life, the ones that shape how we see the world and how others see it.

“The fact that so many young people want to explore these themes through Spirited Arts shows how important these questions are and how important RE is for living in today’s globalized world.”

Batley and Spen MP Kim Leadbeater, sister of the late Jo Cox.

Entries are now open for the Spirited Arts 2023 competition.

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