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Reflections: Whatever Happened to the Laity? (Elaine Graham)

LaityIn addition to her many prestigious honours and achievements, our Grosvener Research Professor of Practical Theology, Prof. Elaine Graham, was appointed last year as Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral. As part of that role, on Saturday 7th February 2015 she will deliver her first annual Cathedral Lecture. Below is an outline of the topic she has chosen to tackle:

A joyful consecration, an overdue opportunity and a sense of déja vu Continue reading

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Draft Subject Content for A-Level RS: A Response (Wendy Dossett)

Students in an exam hall.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This is the view of many teachers, examiners and text-book writers regarding the reform of the Religious Studies A-level curriculum. And they have a point. Never Continue reading

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Festive tidings

Whether you are or will be celebrating Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati, Christmas, Dongzhi, Yaldā, Hatsumōde, Kwanzaa, Midwinter, Midsummer, Hogmanay, any other festival, or none in particular, here at TRS Chester we would simply like to take this opportunity to wish you a joyous and peaceful festive season.

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Narrative & Reflexivity: A Roundtable

ChesterFollowing hot on the heels of the interview with Dr Alana Vincent which we pointed you towards yesterday, the folks at The Religious Studies Project have posted the video of a roundtable discussion which also took place the day that we hosted them here at Chester.

The subject of the discussion was Narrative and Reflexivity in the Study of Religion, and Christopher R. Cotter (chair) and Ethan Gjerset Quillen from TRSP were joined by Continue reading

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Religion & Literature: An Interview (Alana Vincent)

DSCF0481A few weeks ago the splendid people behind the excellent web-resource that is The Religious Studies Project visited us here at Chester and recorded a live interview with Dr Alana Vincent.

Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project and proud moustache Continue reading

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60sec Interview (Steve Knowles)

steveWe thought we’d use some quick-fire Q&A to introduce various members of the TRS family, and who better, we asked ourselves, to go first than semi-professional scouser and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Popular Culture, Dr Steve Knowles? After a lengthy meeting we concluded that the answer was ‘no-one’.

When I grow up, I want to be: a firefighter [ed. note: Steve used to be a firefighter]

The album that got me through school: The Hurting by Tears for Fears.

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Student perspectives (David Ford)

Davie Ford is studying full-time for a PhD with us here at Chester. His research focusses on how non-religious people approach and interpret the Bible, and is centred on fieldwork conducted with a group of working men. We asked if he would give us an insight into his working week, and he kindly agreed.

book_b3f980b6-7688-45ed-bff8-322645b189d6Well, there may not actually be such a thing as a ‘normal’ week for a research student, but we all find the rhythm to which we work best.  As a full-time PhD student who’s married and has two young children, this is what my rhythm looks like.

Monday: In the ‘office’ (i.e. the post-grad study centre) for nine. It is a good place to work having plenty of desks, lockers, a meeting room and an all-important coffee machine. After a quick chat with Salma and Tari (Clinical Science PhD students) I get to work. I’m due to meet my supervisory team on Thursday and we had agreed that I would email them an essay reflecting on the fieldwork I’d just completed. I draft the Continue reading