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About

Mission and Function

The Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology brings together academics to offer high quality scholarship, leadership and practice in the field of Christian Education.  The Centre works across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Education and aims to promote inter-disciplinary dialogue that bridges the gap between theology and education; dialogue between theory and practice that bridges the gap between knowledge and praxis; and ecumenical dialogue that bridges the gap between different denominational traditions through theological and spiritual reflection.

Centre activities are underpinned by research expertise, contribute to knowledge exchange in the field of Christian Education and impact communities of educational practice and church audiences. These include Roman Catholic and Anglican bodies and funding organisations, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, Catholic Education Service, Church of England Church House, church schools, colleges and academies, Cathedrals Group HEIs, as well as other educational agencies working for the common good.

The director of the Centre is Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education.

For general enquiries about the Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology, please email ncce@hope.ac.uk

 

Staff

0223 Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

 

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Director

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education

stuartr@hope.ac.uk

John Shortt

 

Dr John Shortt

Professorial Fellow in Christian Education and Theology

shorttj@hope.ac.uk

‌‌0225 Prof John Sullivan

 

Professor John Sullivan

Emeritus Professor of Christian Education

sullivj@hope.ac.uk

 

‌‌0223 Dr David Torevell

 

Dr David Torevell

Associate Professor in Theology and Education

toreved@hope.ac.uk

 

 

 

Associate Members

Associate members are highly-experienced practitioners in education, school leadership, governance, or pastoral theology. They support research-led teaching of the NCCE Church Certificates courses. 

Sr. Helen Bamber (Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (pathway in Supervisory Practice), Lampeter, University of Wales)

Gerry Bradbury (M. Ed., Manchester University)

Margaret Buck (M. Ed. in Education, Birmingham University)

Monika ​Chmelova (MSt. Theology, University of Oxford)

Liz Clark (MA in Pastoral Theology (Distinction), St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

Dr Jean Forward (EdD (Educational Management), University of Hull)

Robert Haigh (Postgraduate Certificate in Process Consultancy, Manchester University)

Joanna Hale (MA in Contemporary Theology in the Catholic Tradition, Heythrop College, University of London)

Dr Andrew Morris

 

Courses

The Centre for Christian Education currently offers the following awards:

 

MA/ MEd in Christian Education and Leadership

New part-time postgraduate degree starting October 2016 

The Centre for Christian Education & Pastoral Theology is delighted to announce this new postgraduate award, for which a number of fees-reduction bursaries are available to successful applicants. 

Significant educational change has taken place in recent years and church schools and institutions are not immune from this change. Widespread debates around the nature, role, purpose and contribution of faith schooling in the UK challenge church schools and their leaders to adopt not only best policies and practices affecting teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership and governance but also to  articulate the distinctiveness of what a church school can bring to the educational enterprise. This new postgraduate degree will equip current and future leaders in church schools with the conceptual and spiritual resources derived from the Christian tradition and provide an opportunity to discern and deploy these principles and resources in the ongoing Christian mission, ethos and priorities of their school.

Find out more about the new MA/MEd in Christian Education and Leadership.

 

Anglican Church School Studies

Anglican Church School Studies is a non-accredited professional development course (re-validated during academic year 2014/15). The course has been developed in consultation with leading local practitioners to provide opportunities for Hope students undergoing teacher training to develop working knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their preparation for a role and contribution within an Anglican school.

This award explores the distinctive identity and defining characteristics of Church of England schools. It examines the relationship between values, vision, ethos and standards within an Anglican school and considers the special nature and impact of religious education and collective worship. The importance of reflective practice in an Anglican school context is emphasised, with clear opportunities to develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills and to prepare with confidence for a role and contribution within an Anglican setting.

The cost of the course is £60 to cover all four sessions and is open to BA QTS Year 3 & 4, PGCE, School Direct and Hope NQT. For further information, please email ncce@hope.ac.uk.

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) Board of Studies logo for the CCRS

What is the CCRS?

The CCRS is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. It is recommended for any teacher who wants to teach in a Catholic school as well as anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding in Catholic faith and theology. Any person who wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for the course. This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church and anyone wishing to follow the course for faith development or personal interest.

 

CCRS at Liverpool Hope University

The CCRS course is led by Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle and the course administrator is Rachel Foster. The CCRS is delivered as a two year rolling programme and requires completion of a total of eight modules: six core and two specialist modules. Four modules are offered each academic year and so it is possible to complete the course within two years or else take up to five years as allowed by the Board of Studies.

Module Availability 2016-2017

Core module: Sacraments

Core module: Church

Core module: Morality

Specialist module: World Religions or Chaplaincy (choose one; Chaplaincy will run subject to numbers).

 

Next CCRS Modules are as above

Full time eligible Liverpool Hope students will be sent an email regarding signing up for the module at the start of academic year 2016/7.

The next opportunity to join the CCRS Online programme is in September 2016. To register your interest, please email an enquiry to ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk.

 

There are two options for taking CCRS with Liverpool Hope University:

a) If you are a full-time Hope registered student (BA QTS Year 3 & 4, PGCE, School Direct and NQT's) then you can take part in the In-House programme, with modules delivered across a series of Saturdays during term time. Each module consists of two Saturday sessions (except the specialist module which is run intensively over one Saturday) and currently costs £30 per module.

b) If you wish to study the CCRS Online (i.e. you are not a full-time Hope registered student but an external who wishes to follow the course for professional development) then you may apply to join the CCRS Online, where modules are hosted in the university’s virtual learning site and there is no requirement for campus attendance. Media-rich learning resources invite independent study and reflection together with interactive activities for collaborative exchange among tutors and students.  It is possible to transfer into the CCRS Online from another CCRS local centre providing that the entire certificate (all eight units) is completed within a period of five years following registration with the Board of Studies. Each CCRS Online module currently costs £75.

Download the latest version of the CCRS Online programme leaflet - CCRS online 2016/7

 

For both options there is a £25 Board of Studies registration fee. Module registration and payment is made via the University online store.

 

Find Out More

For all enquiries relating to the CCRS course at Liverpool Hope University please email ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk.

Alternatively, find out more about the national CCRS award by visiting the Board of Studies website. 

 

CCRS Online Testimonials

"The layout and structure of the topic study material was useful and easy to digest. Enjoyed the journal entries and forum discussions. The tutor was always there if needed."

"Overall a very interesting and well presented module. Extremely easy to follow and a excellent range of activities which give time to reflect upon learning."

"I would like to reiterate that the quality of the resources is fantastic as is the tutor support. Thank you."

 

Publications

 

Members of the NCCE publish in The International Journal of Christianity and Education. This journal aims to be the first point of reference for academic discussions of the relationship between Christianity and educational theory and practice in formal and informal settings.

 

A sample of recent publications includes:

‌‌

Bible-Shaped Teaching - John ShorttDr John Shortt

Shortt, J. (2014) Bible-Shaped Teaching. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock.

Shortt, J. (2012) БПБДЕЙСКИЕ КОНТУРЫ ПРЕПОДАНИЯ. Kiev, Ukraine: Purposeful Design Publications.

Shortt, J. (2011) ‘Considering Dialogue Education in a Christian Faith Context’ in The Theological Educator. Oct 2011.

 

 

 

 

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Stuart-Buttle, R. Virtual Theology, Faith and Adult EducationStuart-Buttle, R. (2016) 'Does RE Matter: What do Teachers Think?' in Shanahan, Mary ed. (2016) Does Religious Education Matter? Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8432

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2016 forthcoming) 'Vatican II and New Thinking on Catholic Education: An English Perspective' in Whittle, Sean ed. (2016) Vatican II and New Thinking about Catholic Education. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9781472488633

Stuart-Buttle, R. Review of Anglican church school education: moving beyond the first two hundred years. Edited by Howard J Worsley. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2014. Pp. 269.

‌Stuart-Buttle, R. (2014) 'Interrupting Adult Pedagogy Through Online Learning' in The Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Vol 18 (1) Spring 2014, pp. 61-75.

Stuart-Buttle, R.​ (2014)​ 'Being Open to Online Others: Online Journals and Professional Learning Among Church School Practitioners'. ACISE XXV Colloquium​, ​​Liverpool Hope University Press, pp. 239-248​.

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2013) Virtual Theology, Faith and Adult Education: An Interruptive Pedagogy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443847308

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2011) ‘Communicating Faith and Online Learning’ in Sullivan, J. (2011) ed. Communicating Faith. Catholic University of America Press, pp. 328-343.

 

 

‌Professor John Sullivan

'The Story of An Educational Innovation: the MA in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University College,, 1997 - 2013'' by John Sullivan, Alan Murphy and David Fincham, International Studies in Catholic Education volume 7, Number 1, March 2015, pp.28 - 45.  

Publication in April by John Sullivan of four short articles in Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A Lamport: ‘Faith and culture’, ‘Tradition and reform ‘, ‘Teaching: human and divine’ and ‘Sanctification and learning’.

Sullivan J, 'Critical Fidelity and Catholic School Leadership' in International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-Based Schools, edited by Judith Chapman (et al), Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, pp.553 - 566.
'Theology as Partner for Educators' - chapter in New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education edited by David Lewin et al (Bloomsbury, 2014), pp.199 - 217.‌

‌This book explores Catholic philosophical and theological foundations for both education in general and for Catholic education in particular. 

With contributions spanning the theological foundations of Catholic education, the interplay of theology and education, and discussions of the social and missional dimensions of education, the book should be of considerable interest to educators and students of Catholic education, to academics in the fields of applied theology and philosophy, and to those with an interest in the foundations of education. Sullivan, J. and McKinney, S. J. (2013) Eds., Education in a Catholic Perspective, Surrey: Ashgate‌

 

Forthcoming Publications

'Newman's Circle of Knowledge and Curriculum Wholeness in the University' in Receptions of Newman, edited by Frederick Aquino and Benjamin King (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).  [This is to be published in August]

 

Dr David Torevell

Torevell, D. (2007) Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown. Another Place,  Surrey: Ashgate

Torevell, D. (2007) Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown. Another Place,  Surrey: Ashgate

 

This book breaks new ground by suggesting that liturgy is the means par excellence by which an experience of beauty is communicated. Drawing from both secular and religious understandings,   in particular the mystical and apophatic tradition, the book demonstrates how liturgy has the potential to achieve the one ultimately reliable form of beauty because its embodied components are able to reflect the disturbing beauty of the One to whom worship is always offered. Such components rely on understanding the aesthetic dynamics upon which liturgy relies.



Torevell, D. (2000) Losing the Sacred Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform, Edinburgh: T&T ClarkTorevell, D. (2000) Losing the Sacred Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform, Edinburgh: T&T Clark

 

This book argues that the liturgical reforms initiated by the second Vatican Council may have seriously undermined contemporary Roman Catholic worship. Drawing on important works by Durkheim, Bauman, Foucault, Turner, Duffy, Flanagan and Pickstock, David Torevell focuses on the most crucial element of Catholic worship - the experience of the sacred - and examines how it has been eroded since pre-modern times, largely due to the marginalization of ritual expression, and its consequences. A devastating critique of the loss of the sacred in worship, this striking interdisciplinary study is a call for revitalization of Roman Catholic liturgy through a “reform of the reform” and the reclamation of the importance of the body in ritual expression.

 

(As Co-Editor)

Torevell. D. and Matthews, J. (2011) Eds. A Life of Ethics and Performance, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing

Torevell D., Schmack, J., Thompson, M., with Cole, C. (2010) Eds. Engaging Religious Education, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing

Torevell, D., Felderhof, M. and Thompson, P. (2007) Eds. Inspiring Faith in Schools. Studies in Religious Education, Surrey: Ashgate

 

Forthcoming Publications

Torevell, D. (Forthcoming) A Prayer His Body Makes Entirely: Catholic Education at the Crossroads

Research & Projects

Centre for Christian Education projects are collaborative, contribute to university recruitment, support the production of academic knowledge and discourse, bring funding or other income, and impact the communities with whom the Centre works. It is envisaged that the Centre’s work will contribute to one of the impact case studies used in the REF2020 in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

A new multi-strand research project combines high-level academic research with in-depth engagement of key stakeholders. This includes the Faith, Formation and Education ​component, which has already seen a Colloquium held on 1st October 2015. ​It included an international conference held on 24-26th June 2016 which will result in​ an edited book by leading contributors on the same topic.
Other​ current research​ strands include a collaborative initiative with Cathedrals Group universities exploring the changing context for the teaching of religion in schools, namely the GCSE and A level reforms. The Centre is also leading a new national CCRS project examining the theological formation of teachers and lay adults in church schools and parish contexts.

 

Church of England Engagement Project

The Church of England Engagement Project was a two-year collaborative knowledge exchange project between the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Centre for Christian Education. The project embedded field visits to local places of worship, engaging undergraduate Christian Theology students with the spirituality, worship and mission of the Church of England in both historic and contemporary contexts. The project was funded by The Church Universities Fund (Church of England).

You can find out more about the project via its own, dedicated set of web pages.

 

For further details about these projects please email ncce@hope.ac.uk.

News & Events

In June 2016 the Centre hosted a very successful international conference, details of which follow

 

Christian Faith, Formation and Education International Conference Booklet

 

Christian Faith leaflet reverse

About

Mission and Function

The Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology brings together academics to offer high quality scholarship, leadership and practice in the field of Christian Education.  The Centre works across the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Education and aims to promote inter-disciplinary dialogue that bridges the gap between theology and education; dialogue between theory and practice that bridges the gap between knowledge and praxis; and ecumenical dialogue that bridges the gap between different denominational traditions through theological and spiritual reflection.

Centre activities are underpinned by research expertise, contribute to knowledge exchange in the field of Christian Education and impact communities of educational practice and church audiences. These include Roman Catholic and Anglican bodies and funding organisations, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, Catholic Education Service, Church of England Church House, church schools, colleges and academies, Cathedrals Group HEIs, as well as other educational agencies working for the common good.

The director of the Centre is Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education.

For general enquiries about the Centre for Christian Education and Pastoral Theology, please email ncce@hope.ac.uk

 

Staff

0223 Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

 

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Director

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Education

stuartr@hope.ac.uk

John Shortt

 

Dr John Shortt

Professorial Fellow in Christian Education and Theology

shorttj@hope.ac.uk

‌‌0225 Prof John Sullivan

 

Professor John Sullivan

Emeritus Professor of Christian Education

sullivj@hope.ac.uk

 

‌‌0223 Dr David Torevell

 

Dr David Torevell

Associate Professor in Theology and Education

toreved@hope.ac.uk

 

 

 

Associate Members

Associate members are highly-experienced practitioners in education, school leadership, governance, or pastoral theology. They support research-led teaching of the NCCE Church Certificates courses. 

Sr. Helen Bamber (Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (pathway in Supervisory Practice), Lampeter, University of Wales)

Gerry Bradbury (M. Ed., Manchester University)

Margaret Buck (M. Ed. in Education, Birmingham University)

Monika ​Chmelova (MSt. Theology, University of Oxford)

Liz Clark (MA in Pastoral Theology (Distinction), St Mary’s University College, Twickenham)

Dr Jean Forward (EdD (Educational Management), University of Hull)

Robert Haigh (Postgraduate Certificate in Process Consultancy, Manchester University)

Joanna Hale (MA in Contemporary Theology in the Catholic Tradition, Heythrop College, University of London)

Dr Andrew Morris

 

Courses

The Centre for Christian Education currently offers the following awards:

 

MA/ MEd in Christian Education and Leadership

New part-time postgraduate degree starting October 2016 

The Centre for Christian Education & Pastoral Theology is delighted to announce this new postgraduate award, for which a number of fees-reduction bursaries are available to successful applicants. 

Significant educational change has taken place in recent years and church schools and institutions are not immune from this change. Widespread debates around the nature, role, purpose and contribution of faith schooling in the UK challenge church schools and their leaders to adopt not only best policies and practices affecting teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership and governance but also to  articulate the distinctiveness of what a church school can bring to the educational enterprise. This new postgraduate degree will equip current and future leaders in church schools with the conceptual and spiritual resources derived from the Christian tradition and provide an opportunity to discern and deploy these principles and resources in the ongoing Christian mission, ethos and priorities of their school.

Find out more about the new MA/MEd in Christian Education and Leadership.

 

Anglican Church School Studies

Anglican Church School Studies is a non-accredited professional development course (re-validated during academic year 2014/15). The course has been developed in consultation with leading local practitioners to provide opportunities for Hope students undergoing teacher training to develop working knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their preparation for a role and contribution within an Anglican school.

This award explores the distinctive identity and defining characteristics of Church of England schools. It examines the relationship between values, vision, ethos and standards within an Anglican school and considers the special nature and impact of religious education and collective worship. The importance of reflective practice in an Anglican school context is emphasised, with clear opportunities to develop professional knowledge, understanding and skills and to prepare with confidence for a role and contribution within an Anglican setting.

The cost of the course is £60 to cover all four sessions and is open to BA QTS Year 3 & 4, PGCE, School Direct and Hope NQT. For further information, please email ncce@hope.ac.uk.

 

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) Board of Studies logo for the CCRS

What is the CCRS?

The CCRS is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. It is recommended for any teacher who wants to teach in a Catholic school as well as anyone seeking to deepen their knowledge and understanding in Catholic faith and theology. Any person who wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for the course. This includes those involved in Religious Education in schools, Parish Catechesis and other ministries in the Church and anyone wishing to follow the course for faith development or personal interest.

 

CCRS at Liverpool Hope University

The CCRS course is led by Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle and the course administrator is Rachel Foster. The CCRS is delivered as a two year rolling programme and requires completion of a total of eight modules: six core and two specialist modules. Four modules are offered each academic year and so it is possible to complete the course within two years or else take up to five years as allowed by the Board of Studies.

Module Availability 2016-2017

Core module: Sacraments

Core module: Church

Core module: Morality

Specialist module: World Religions or Chaplaincy (choose one; Chaplaincy will run subject to numbers).

 

Next CCRS Modules are as above

Full time eligible Liverpool Hope students will be sent an email regarding signing up for the module at the start of academic year 2016/7.

The next opportunity to join the CCRS Online programme is in September 2016. To register your interest, please email an enquiry to ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk.

 

There are two options for taking CCRS with Liverpool Hope University:

a) If you are a full-time Hope registered student (BA QTS Year 3 & 4, PGCE, School Direct and NQT's) then you can take part in the In-House programme, with modules delivered across a series of Saturdays during term time. Each module consists of two Saturday sessions (except the specialist module which is run intensively over one Saturday) and currently costs £30 per module.

b) If you wish to study the CCRS Online (i.e. you are not a full-time Hope registered student but an external who wishes to follow the course for professional development) then you may apply to join the CCRS Online, where modules are hosted in the university’s virtual learning site and there is no requirement for campus attendance. Media-rich learning resources invite independent study and reflection together with interactive activities for collaborative exchange among tutors and students.  It is possible to transfer into the CCRS Online from another CCRS local centre providing that the entire certificate (all eight units) is completed within a period of five years following registration with the Board of Studies. Each CCRS Online module currently costs £75.

Download the latest version of the CCRS Online programme leaflet - CCRS online 2016/7

 

For both options there is a £25 Board of Studies registration fee. Module registration and payment is made via the University online store.

 

Find Out More

For all enquiries relating to the CCRS course at Liverpool Hope University please email ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk.

Alternatively, find out more about the national CCRS award by visiting the Board of Studies website. 

 

CCRS Online Testimonials

"The layout and structure of the topic study material was useful and easy to digest. Enjoyed the journal entries and forum discussions. The tutor was always there if needed."

"Overall a very interesting and well presented module. Extremely easy to follow and a excellent range of activities which give time to reflect upon learning."

"I would like to reiterate that the quality of the resources is fantastic as is the tutor support. Thank you."

 

Publications

 

Members of the NCCE publish in The International Journal of Christianity and Education. This journal aims to be the first point of reference for academic discussions of the relationship between Christianity and educational theory and practice in formal and informal settings.

 

A sample of recent publications includes:

‌‌

Bible-Shaped Teaching - John ShorttDr John Shortt

Shortt, J. (2014) Bible-Shaped Teaching. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock.

Shortt, J. (2012) БПБДЕЙСКИЕ КОНТУРЫ ПРЕПОДАНИЯ. Kiev, Ukraine: Purposeful Design Publications.

Shortt, J. (2011) ‘Considering Dialogue Education in a Christian Faith Context’ in The Theological Educator. Oct 2011.

 

 

 

 

Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle

Stuart-Buttle, R. Virtual Theology, Faith and Adult EducationStuart-Buttle, R. (2016) 'Does RE Matter: What do Teachers Think?' in Shanahan, Mary ed. (2016) Does Religious Education Matter? Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 978-1-4724-8432

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2016 forthcoming) 'Vatican II and New Thinking on Catholic Education: An English Perspective' in Whittle, Sean ed. (2016) Vatican II and New Thinking about Catholic Education. Routledge/Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9781472488633

Stuart-Buttle, R. Review of Anglican church school education: moving beyond the first two hundred years. Edited by Howard J Worsley. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 2014. Pp. 269.

‌Stuart-Buttle, R. (2014) 'Interrupting Adult Pedagogy Through Online Learning' in The Journal of Education and Christian Belief, Vol 18 (1) Spring 2014, pp. 61-75.

Stuart-Buttle, R.​ (2014)​ 'Being Open to Online Others: Online Journals and Professional Learning Among Church School Practitioners'. ACISE XXV Colloquium​, ​​Liverpool Hope University Press, pp. 239-248​.

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2013) Virtual Theology, Faith and Adult Education: An Interruptive Pedagogy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing. ISBN 9781443847308

Stuart-Buttle, R. (2011) ‘Communicating Faith and Online Learning’ in Sullivan, J. (2011) ed. Communicating Faith. Catholic University of America Press, pp. 328-343.

 

 

‌Professor John Sullivan

'The Story of An Educational Innovation: the MA in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary's University College,, 1997 - 2013'' by John Sullivan, Alan Murphy and David Fincham, International Studies in Catholic Education volume 7, Number 1, March 2015, pp.28 - 45.  

Publication in April by John Sullivan of four short articles in Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A Lamport: ‘Faith and culture’, ‘Tradition and reform ‘, ‘Teaching: human and divine’ and ‘Sanctification and learning’.

Sullivan J, 'Critical Fidelity and Catholic School Leadership' in International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-Based Schools, edited by Judith Chapman (et al), Dordrecht: Springer, 2014, pp.553 - 566.
'Theology as Partner for Educators' - chapter in New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education edited by David Lewin et al (Bloomsbury, 2014), pp.199 - 217.‌

‌This book explores Catholic philosophical and theological foundations for both education in general and for Catholic education in particular. 

With contributions spanning the theological foundations of Catholic education, the interplay of theology and education, and discussions of the social and missional dimensions of education, the book should be of considerable interest to educators and students of Catholic education, to academics in the fields of applied theology and philosophy, and to those with an interest in the foundations of education. Sullivan, J. and McKinney, S. J. (2013) Eds., Education in a Catholic Perspective, Surrey: Ashgate‌

 

Forthcoming Publications

'Newman's Circle of Knowledge and Curriculum Wholeness in the University' in Receptions of Newman, edited by Frederick Aquino and Benjamin King (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).  [This is to be published in August]

 

Dr David Torevell

Torevell, D. (2007) Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown. Another Place,  Surrey: Ashgate

Torevell, D. (2007) Liturgy and the Beauty of the Unknown. Another Place,  Surrey: Ashgate

 

This book breaks new ground by suggesting that liturgy is the means par excellence by which an experience of beauty is communicated. Drawing from both secular and religious understandings,   in particular the mystical and apophatic tradition, the book demonstrates how liturgy has the potential to achieve the one ultimately reliable form of beauty because its embodied components are able to reflect the disturbing beauty of the One to whom worship is always offered. Such components rely on understanding the aesthetic dynamics upon which liturgy relies.



Torevell, D. (2000) Losing the Sacred Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform, Edinburgh: T&T ClarkTorevell, D. (2000) Losing the Sacred Ritual, Modernity and Liturgical Reform, Edinburgh: T&T Clark

 

This book argues that the liturgical reforms initiated by the second Vatican Council may have seriously undermined contemporary Roman Catholic worship. Drawing on important works by Durkheim, Bauman, Foucault, Turner, Duffy, Flanagan and Pickstock, David Torevell focuses on the most crucial element of Catholic worship - the experience of the sacred - and examines how it has been eroded since pre-modern times, largely due to the marginalization of ritual expression, and its consequences. A devastating critique of the loss of the sacred in worship, this striking interdisciplinary study is a call for revitalization of Roman Catholic liturgy through a “reform of the reform” and the reclamation of the importance of the body in ritual expression.

 

(As Co-Editor)

Torevell. D. and Matthews, J. (2011) Eds. A Life of Ethics and Performance, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing

Torevell D., Schmack, J., Thompson, M., with Cole, C. (2010) Eds. Engaging Religious Education, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge‌ Scholars Publishing

Torevell, D., Felderhof, M. and Thompson, P. (2007) Eds. Inspiring Faith in Schools. Studies in Religious Education, Surrey: Ashgate

 

Forthcoming Publications

Torevell, D. (Forthcoming) A Prayer His Body Makes Entirely: Catholic Education at the Crossroads

Research & Projects

Centre for Christian Education projects are collaborative, contribute to university recruitment, support the production of academic knowledge and discourse, bring funding or other income, and impact the communities with whom the Centre works. It is envisaged that the Centre’s work will contribute to one of the impact case studies used in the REF2020 in Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies.

A new multi-strand research project combines high-level academic research with in-depth engagement of key stakeholders. This includes the Faith, Formation and Education ​component, which has already seen a Colloquium held on 1st October 2015. ​It included an international conference held on 24-26th June 2016 which will result in​ an edited book by leading contributors on the same topic.
Other​ current research​ strands include a collaborative initiative with Cathedrals Group universities exploring the changing context for the teaching of religion in schools, namely the GCSE and A level reforms. The Centre is also leading a new national CCRS project examining the theological formation of teachers and lay adults in church schools and parish contexts.

 

Church of England Engagement Project

The Church of England Engagement Project was a two-year collaborative knowledge exchange project between the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies and Centre for Christian Education. The project embedded field visits to local places of worship, engaging undergraduate Christian Theology students with the spirituality, worship and mission of the Church of England in both historic and contemporary contexts. The project was funded by The Church Universities Fund (Church of England).

You can find out more about the project via its own, dedicated set of web pages.

 

For further details about these projects please email ncce@hope.ac.uk.

News & Events

In June 2016 the Centre hosted a very successful international conference, details of which follow

 

Christian Faith, Formation and Education International Conference Booklet

 

Christian Faith leaflet reverse