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17:30 - 19:00 15 October 2015
Collective worship in religiously-plural and secular settings
Committee Room 1 |
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom
Dr. Julia Ipgrave, University of Warwick
Dr. Ipgrave’s presentation investigates religious and theological issues pertaining to collective worship, in acknowledgement of the fact that controversies about collective worship tend to focus on its religious content and, additionally, that criticisms (religious and secular) of the current arrangement often rest on assumptions about theology, the relationship between worship and belief and the inappropriateness of collective worship where belief is not shared.
The presentation seeks to test some of these claims by countering simplistic interpretations of 'worship' that either widen its scope, so far as to make it meaningless, or so restrict it as to make it impossible within a school setting. It does this with illustrations from school practice and by engaging with theologically-informed theories and practices of those who recognise the civic and relational value (as well as the parameters) of joint opportunities for worship in religiously-plural and secular society.
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