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Religion & Society

Practical Theology and Public Life – soundings and emergent themes

28 February 13

There is no charge for this event, but please contact Dr Chris Baker (chris.baker@chester.ac.uk) if you can attend

Conference Programme

10:30am Tea / coffee served

11am Introduction to the RPLP – aims and methods

11.15 Reports from Participants, including brief updates from:

Dr Chris Baker - Chester/William Temple Foundation

Dr Andrew Todd – University of Cardiff

Professor Elaine Graham – University of Chester

Dr Alison Webster – Diocese of Oxford

Clare Radford – Church of Scotland

And details of the Research Project in ‘Phenomenology of Public Religion’

12:30pm Lunch

1pm Future Directions in the Study of Religion and Society

Professor Linda Woodhead

Address followed by Q & A

2:30pm The Next Steps

Plenary and Exchange

3.45 pm Future Programme to date

4pm Close


AIMS of the RPLP

1) To create and sustain a network of researchers and practitioners wishing to reflect theologically and strategically on the role and impact of religion within public life in the UK.


2) To encourage and facilitate research, publications and other forms of knowledge exchange in the field of religion and public life in the UK, and in particular as contributions to the disciplines of practical and public theology.


3) To co-ordinate a programme of regular events and gatherings which highlight latest empirical and theoretical developments in the study of the impact of religion on public life and vice versa.


For travel details to the conference venue and map of the campus, please visit


The Arts Building is R16 on the Red Zone Map

Listen to podcasts from Spiritual Regression in Econonomic Regression Conference, run in conjunction with the Religion and Society Programme, William Temple Foundation and University of Kent here

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