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Chaplaincy Leading Church in(to) the Public Square

Todd, Andrew 2011. Chaplaincy Leading Church in(to) the Public Square. Crucible: The Christian journal of social ethics (3) , pp. 7-15.

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This article is a reflection arising out of research carried out by the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, especially in relation to chaplaincy in the public sector1. The article pursues some of the theological implications of that research, and in particular the implications for current understandings of ecclesiology. It explores the changing way in which Christian chaplaincy itself embodies church and the significance of that for the wider church. The main focus for this discussion is chaplaincy’s engagement in and with the public square (understood as those virtual and actual spaces in which public norms and policy are negotiated and enacted for the good of civil society), and the challenge this presents to other embodiments of church. The most important question considered is: What would church look like if modelled on contemporary chaplaincy and how might that change the relationship between the gathered church and faith in the public square? The article is addressed to Christian churches and at some points the Anglican Church in particular. But it seeks to pay full attention to the fact that chaplaincy is a multi-faith practice in the early twenty-first century; not least because this is one of the things that shapes Christian chaplaincy’s current ecclesiology.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
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Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 02:37

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