Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education

28 February 2018

Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education

The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC), a global network of Anglican-affiliated tertiary schools, announces the 3rd issue of Occasional Papers on Faith in Higher Education (“Occasional Papers”). All issues are accessible on the CUAC home page at http://www.cuac.org. Issue Number 3 contains papers presented at the CUAC Triennial Conference in Chennai, India during January 2017. The conference theme was “Identity and Diversity: Citizenship, Vocation and the Common Good”. Accordingly, the papers collected in this issue consider the interplay of culture and faith in contemporary society, with particular attention to the dynamics of institutions of higher learning.

Also included in this issue are papers from two other events: the Dr Rowan Williams Annual CUAC Lecture for 2017 - presented by Mike Higton at Trinity College, Toronto in March 2017. Frances Ward presented her piece at the CUAC UK/Europe Chapter Conference at Bishop Grosseteste College, in Lincoln UK

Other authors in this issue of “Occasional Papers” are Mondeep Daniels, Christel Devadawson, Suka Joshua, Cindy Derrenbacker, and Andrew Williams. The issues considered by the writers include:

  • Three of the authors approach the question of how faith and religion interplay with the diverse world in academia and popular culture
  • Chaplaincy in the highly diverse and complicated society of contemporary India
  • How the church is facing the challenge of human impact on our environment
  • The role of religion in a secular university
  • The secular but crucial role of academic librarians

Issue Number 4 of “Occasional Papers” will include remaining Triennial paper “Not Joining the Dots: Education as Love, Life and Liberty” by Martyn Percy, Dean, Christ Church, Oxford, UK.

“Occasional Papers” is a joint publication of Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, London, UK, and CUAC with the guidance of an international editorial board. Its focus is on the issues surrounding the place of faith in higher education in the 21st century:

  • Is there an argument for a greater recognition of faith in secular institutions of learning?
  • What proportion of current students and academics hold some form of religious belief?
  • What is the role of high-profile scholars who promote, or argue against, atheism?
  • What form should education for religious literacy take?

While the journal will be of particular interest to scholars and readers within the Anglican Communion, its scope is not intended to be limited to Anglican—or more broadly Christian—concerns. The journal provides a forum for debate and discussion in all matters that connect faith, the design and delivery of higher education, and the experience of those who teach and study in higher education. “Occasional Papers” will also contain reports and evaluation of research. Information about submissions and obtaining printed copies can be found in any issue of “Occasional Papers”.

“Occasional Papers” was founded by its current Editor in Chief, the Revd Dr Mark Garner, Head of Whitelands College in the University of Roehampton, UK. He has published books and articles in Applied Linguistics and Research Methodology. He was senior editor of two academic journals, and is currently series editor in Applied Linguistics for Peter Lang Publishers.