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Responding to Diversity: Chaplaincy in a Multi-Faith Context

Todd, Andrew 2011. Responding to Diversity: Chaplaincy in a Multi-Faith Context. Threlfall-Holmes, Miranda and Newitt, Mark, eds. Being a Chaplain, SPCK Library of Ministry, London: SPCK, pp. 89-102.

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This chapter considers how chaplaincy in the UK setting has adapted to religious diversity, within a multi-faith society. It argues that in becoming a multi-faith practice, chaplaincy has responded not only to the challenge of offering services to members of particular world faiths, but also to those of other belief positions (such as humanism) and those whose philosophy or beliefs are derived, or developed, in more individual ways, sometimes characterised as belonging to ‘spirituality’, rather than ‘religion’. If in this setting, chaplaincy might be said to work in an ‘inter-faith’ way, then that might almost be taken to have two meanings: the usual meaning of interaction between those of different faiths; and a less usual meaning of working with those philosophies which develop in the interstices of the patchwork of faiths and beliefs to be found in contemporary society. The chapter begins by exploring aspects of the social, cultural and political contexts of chaplaincy, in order to give some account of why chaplaincy has felt the need to respond to religious diversity. It continues by investigating the ways in which chaplaincy has adapted within a multi-faith setting. And it concludes by identifying the questions that arise from the investigation for the future of chaplaincy.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Publisher: SPCK
ISBN: 9780281063857
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Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 02:37

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