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Post-seminar discussion (Alana Vincent)

StorifyThe above Twitter exchange, between Ben Fulford and me, was prompted by the questions at the end of a Chester PG research seminar paper delivered a few weeks ago by one of our research students, Jason Boyd. Jason’s paper was arguing for treating sermons as a dialogic space, and moving away from the model in which the preacher delivers the word from on high and Continue reading

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TRS Coffee Collective: w/b 11th Nov

As a matter of course, TRS staff meet daily at 11AM to drink coffee and have a natter. Here’s a flavour of what’s been discussed by the Coffee Collective this week …

Members are perplexed by the continued use of certain kinds of bathroom accessories: the existence of mats shaped to fit round the toilet and plastic-doll loo-roll holders cause particular disquiet. There is, however, as yet, no consensus concerning the bearing this has on the discipline or any of the research specialisms represented.

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Influential texts (Wendy Dossett)

Arthur, Chris, (1990) Biting the Bullet: Some personal reflections on Religious Education, Edinburgh: St Andrews Press

This collection of essays by Chris Arthur inspired me to think much more critically about the potential for positive and negative outcomes of different sorts of religious education. With a career in RE teaching in my sights when I read it at age 20, I thought that what the world primarily needed was less ignorance about different religious traditions. I was probably right, but my plan was that I would ‘tell’ pupils what (I thought) religious people did and believed, and somehow peace Continue reading