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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 (link Map)
20 Bedford Way | London | WC1H 0AL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr. Julia Ipgrave, University of Warwick

Dr. Ipgraveā€™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.


William Nicholas
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