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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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Publication: Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts (Fabrizio Ferrari)

charming_beauties_and_frightful_beasts_non_human_animals_in_soProfessor Fabrizio M. Ferrari (University of Chester) and Professor Thomas Dähnhardt (University of Venice) are the editors of Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore (Equinox, 2013). The study of non-human animals as other-than-human persons (including animal-spirits and divine animals) has marked a significant shift in the ethics and politics of the academic study of religion. Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts investigates Continue reading

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Reflections: The Morning After (Wendy Dossett)

Bayer_Heroin_bottleThe morning after a vibrant two-day event, delegates from the Recovery from Addiction: Bridging the Gap between Policy and Practice conference woke to the sad news that the initial inquest into Peaches Geldof’s death had revealed that heroin is likely to have played a role in her death. Social media, previously channelling devastation at the loss of this young celebrity, lit up with questions, many freighted with judgement. How could she use heroin when looking after her much-loved 11 month old son? Like Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Winehouse before her, how could someone so privileged and talented throw their life away so selfishly, and so stupidly? Without first-hand experience of the value-distortions of active addiction it is undoubtedly Continue reading