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On June 11th 19 A level teachers gave up their Saturday to come to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, in order to engage in some serious and focused study of Christianity in the run-up to their summer preparations for teaching the new A level.
The Chester Centre for Islamic Studies (CCIS) at the University of Chester held its first international conference examining the global presence of Shi‘a minorities outside of the so-called Muslim world.
On the 12th of April the Reimagining Religion project met with key voices and practitioners at the House of Lords to discuss public policy with respect to the role of religious identity, practice and belief(s) in regard to social cohesion, and welfare provision and care within the context of localism and austerity. In response, we have the following report.
Scoring 100% in the 2015 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction, TRS at Chester is now ranked equal first out of all TRS departments in the UK for student satisfaction.
This two year project, funded by The Church Universities Fund, seeks to engage the Academy, Chaplaincy, and Church in conversation about current issues relating to sexuality within the contemporary Anglican context. The project intends to bring the Academy into dialogue with current Church of England discussions on issues of Human Sexuality and to examine the ways in which debates and discussions on sexuality impact on Anglican understandings of identity.
2:00pm, Saturday 23rd January 2016: The Nave, Chester Cathedral 'A New Apologetics: Speaking of God in a World Troubled by Religion'
Professor Elaine Graham (Canon Theologian, Chester Cathedral and Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology, University of Chester)
Professor Elaine Graham who is the Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology, University of Chester and the Canon Theologian at Chester Cathedral is giving the Didsbury Lectures at Nazarene theological college in Manchester.
Professor David Clough gave a public lecture on 14th October, entitled 'Early Methodists and Other Animals: Animal Welfare as an Evangelical Issue'. This was part of the Chester Theological Society 2015-16 programme, the lecture was sponsored by the Fernley-Hartley Trust .
Dr Dawn Llewellyn and Dr Paul Middleton from the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the University of Chester took part in Radio 4 discussions on last week’s Catholic Synod on the Family, led by Pope Francis.
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies looks forward to our colleague Chris Baker's inaugural lecture as William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life.
On September 8th 2015 the University was visited by His Eminence the Supreme Primate, Ōtani Koken, 26th Successor of Higashi Honganji-ha and Temple Master of Tokyo Higashi Honganji.
Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present, published by Edinburgh University Press, is the first complete study of the Muslim presence in Ireland. Prof Oliver Scharbrodt and Dr Yafa Shanneik are among the five authors of this study.
Professor David Clough is giving a public lecture at Guildford Cathedral on Thursday 11th November, entitled ‘God’s Deliverance of Animals: Future Belief and Present Challenge’.
The Literary and Debate Society at the National University of Ireland Galway hosted a debate on the question “Is Islam a religion of peace?” to which Prof Scharbrodt was invited to speak.
Professor David Clough was one of two theologians invited to address a meeting of senior executives from major mining companies and church leaders at Lambeth Palace on 7th October, 2014, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the President of the Methodist Conference.
Dr Chris Baker has been named the William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life.
In this new volume, one of TRS's biblical studies team, Dr Robert Evans, makes a contribution to current debates about the nature of reception history and its place in contemporary Biblical Studies.
At the September 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Professor David Clough was elected President for a three year term.
Over the summer, Dr Dawn Llewellyn was invited to take part in a roundtable discussion at the British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Study Group annual conference.