Thinking Collaboratively, Thinking Contextually, Thinking in Public: Working with the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission

The Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches has a long history and an impressive record of producing collaborative theological work – collaborative across church traditions and across global contexts. As one of the members of the current Commission, though, I often find it hard to explain the work it does to... Continue Reading →

Christianity and depression: Hearing people’s experiences

Anthea Colledge is a third year part-time PhD candidate in Theology and Religious Studies in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. Her current primary research interests are disability and practical/contextual theology. She is an Anglican University Chaplain, and has previously worked in learning disability and mental health projects, as well as a... Continue Reading →

Contemporary Pentecostalism in Kenya: of Prophets, Holiness and Politics

Kwame Ahaligah is a PhD Student examining Pentecostalism, Prophecy and Politics in Kenya, in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds Debates on the public role of religion in the contemporary African public sphere have been stimulated by the Pentecostal-Charismatic explosion since the 1980s. Prior to this period, Pentecostalism... Continue Reading →

CRPL Research Day: Christianity and Non-Normative Sexualities – A Critical Agenda

Friday 25th May 2018 Venue: Baines Wing Seminar Room 1.06, University of Leeds Debates have raged within the Christian churches and other religious traditions over the morality of homosexuality, the recognition of same-sex unions and same-sex marriage, and the ordination of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. Christians who oppose homosexuality see it as undermining... Continue Reading →

Beyond African religious homophobia: How Christianity is a source of African LGBT activism

The emergence of anti-homosexuality politics in Africa is often explained with reference to religion. Although religion is a major factor in fuelling homophobia in Africa, the Bible and the Christian faith are not only sites of struggle but have also been appropriated by African LGBT activists in support of their cause. Adriaan van Klinken says we need... Continue Reading →

How Long Is Now? Reflections on Berlin, Deep Time and Planetary Futures

Stefan Skrimshire is a lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK. He was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam for ten weeks over the summer of 2016. During this time he lived in East Berlin. The research undertaken during this fellowship is being written... Continue Reading →

The Shiloh Project

On 13 January 2017, the Centre for Religion and Public Life hosted a focus group for organising research and events on the topic of rape culture, religion and the Bible. In attendance were Emma Nagouse (University of Sheffield), Valerie Hobbs (University of Sheffield), Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield), Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds), Jessica Keady... Continue Reading →

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