Philosophy and Religious Practices

Philosophy and Religious Practices

Philosophy and Religious Practices KE Case Studies

Philosophy and Religious Practices KE Case Studies

Religious Life in the Twenty-First Century

Professor George Pattison says there has been much talk of a 'return of religion' in the twenty-first century. This trend has not always been welcomed, as religion has played a problematic role in many of the wars and foreign policy errors of our time. Yet religious leaders like Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama enjoy superstar status, and religion continues to inspire art, literature, and music today. Religion contributes to individual and community identity. Even if public policy is increasingly shaped by secular assumptions, religion still overlaps with and interacts with culture, politics and ethical life. The Theology and Religious Studies department questions what role religion should play in modern society, and works on a wide range of issues relating to that question. 

Academic:

Professor George Pattison  

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The Big Questions: Philosophically Engaging with Illness, Disability and Identity

Professor Michael Brady applies his philosophical expertise to some of the issues and questions regarding what makes us human. Brady acted as a philosophical adviser for Quarantine, a Manchester based independent theatre company. He has since formed an advisory group to discuss the relationship between illness, suffering and identity for SICK! Festival. The festival is dedicated to 'exploring the medical, mental and social challenges of life and death and how we survive them (or don't)' One of the themes for SICK! Festival 2016 was identity, and Brady encouraged participants on a discussion panel to focus on the moral element of questions such as - how much is our identity shaped by our circumstances? Brady hopes that his contribution to SICK! will encourage other philosophers to engage more with the wider community.

Academic: Professor Michael Brady 

Partners: Quarantine, SICK! Festival 

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Influencing HIV policy

Julie Clague, a lecturer in the College of Arts, researches the response of faith-based organisations to health and development in order to help increase the dialogue between these and secular organisations. As part of the Joint Learning Initiative (JLI), Clague has worked with the UN to examine the link between faith, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS development work. In 2011 she was a consultant for the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance on the subject of the response to HIV at their meeting in Geneva and advised the Head of UNAIDS on his speech to the Vatican AIDS Conference.

Since 2000, she has been a member of the HIV/AIDS Advisory Group of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development), encouraging discussion and international collaboration. Through her research, Clague has educated staff and influenced HIV policy. In this way, Clague helps to empower Catholic responses to HIV.

Project Partner:
United Nations, UNAIDS, CAFOD

Academic:
Julie Clague


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Establishing professional competency standards for NHS chaplains

Heather Walton, an academic in the College of Arts, has contributed to the first competency framework for healthcare chaplains in the UK. Chaplains of all faiths are employed to offer care and compassion to patients, staff and others within the (secular) NHS.

The framework (‘Spiritual and Religious Care Capabilities and Competences for Healthcare Chaplains’) was taken up by NHS Scotland, England and Wales between 2008-2010, changing the ways of working of the 3-4,000 full- and part-time chaplains as well as having an impact on their patients and other members of staff in NHS hospitals. Walton’s influence is particularly evident in the framework’s focus on four key domains including reflective practice, which is her specialism.

Project partner: NHS 

Academic:

Dr Heather Walton


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