Projects and Publications

Catholic Marriage Care Ltd: a characteristically Catholic mission in a context of social diversity and contention?

Clare Watkins marriage careCatholic Marriage Care Ltd: a characteristically Catholic mission in a context of social diversity and contention?Awarded £46,000 funding by Plater Trust the academic team, led by Dr. Clare Watkins, from the Ministerial Theology programme, along with Dr. John Moxon and Dr. Martine Thompson (Research Assistant) will work in collaboration with the charity Catholic Marriage Care to investigate couples’ and practitioners’ experience of marriage preparation courses provided by Marriage Care as a way of discovering more about what the Catholic ethos of the charity contributes to this work.

The project will look into how Marriage Care’s approach to marriage preparation helps couples understand what the Church teaches about marriage and family life and learn the skills and behaviours needed to build a healthy, lifelong relationship. Recognising the radical shift in culture over recent generations in relation to marriage and relationship, vividly illustrated in the debates around the legal developments of same sex marriage and adoption of children by same sex couples, and the increasing practices of co-habitation, divorce and ‘blended families’, the research sets out to help the charity seek to understand better its mission as a characteristically Catholic charity in a context of such- social diversity and contention.
In order to do this Dr. Watkins, Dr. Moxon, Dr. Thompson and the Marriage Care team, working with a variety of experts, will employ Theological Action Research methods, comprising of the carrying out of interviews among significant parties to evoke articulation of the 'real experiences and practices' of Marriage Care's marriage preparation course. It will investigate how Catholic approaches to right relationship, marriage, family and society are communicated through the preparation process for both Catholics and non-Catholics in this course. By locating these reflections in the context of Catholic Social Teaching, the research will shed new light on the work of the charity in the alleviation of ‘relationship poverty’ in our society.
Forthcoming events on Roehampton’s Marriage Care project include a 1-day workshop for reflectors involved on the project on Monday 30th November 2015 and the project will end with a colloquium for involved parties and other interested (by invitation). Dates to be confirmed.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the project, occasional updates will be posted on this site and sent to those who select to be on our mailing list. If you are interested in joining this please contact Dr. Thompson. Here you can download an information sheet about the project.

The project will run from 1st September 2015 to 31st August 2016.

AHRC Research Network Faith and Place

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Faith and Place network aims to bring together academics, faith group representatives, policy makers, planners, professional bodies and charitable organisations in order to explore the critical issues surrounding places of worship in relation to planning policy. The first event of this Arts and Humanities Research Council network spanning the period September 2014 to August 2015 had a particular focus on the tensions that arise between planning priorities and the needs and practices of minority faith groups.

Research projects and reports have been accumulating in recent years on the theme of faith, place and planning. Religious demographic change, migration, and societal perspectives on the religious ‘other’ have meant that some or all of planning guidance, policy, and practice has become constraining for many new faith groups looking to establish a place of worship. The Faith and Place network is therefore timely in bringing together representatives of the five interested parties for the first time.

  • Principal Investigator: Dr Andrew Rogers (Practical Theology, University of Roehampton)
  • Co-Investigator: Dr Richard Gale (Planning and Geography, Cardiff University)

Being Built Together

This Research Project Report was launched in June 2013. It began in response to the fact that Black Majority churches have grown rapidly in the last few decades, and many church leaders have been saying they want to understand more about them. The Being Built Together project focussed on the Borough of Southwark in South London, where there is a particularly high concentration of new Black Majority churches (nBMCs). Being Built Together was concerned with the demographics and ecclesiology of nBMCs.

For more information on the Report and Project team involved visit the BBT microsite.

Recent Publications

Dr Andrew Rogers

'Being Built Together: Final Report', University of Roehampton, June 2013.

'Congregational Hermeneutics: Towards Virtuous Apprenticeship', in J. Astley & L. Francis (eds.), Exploring Ordinary Theology: Everyday Christian Believing and the Church, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013.

'Walking down the Old Kent Road: A Story of New Black Majority Churches in a London Borough', in Gwabenah Asamoah-Gyadu, et al. (eds.), Babel is Everywhere! Migrant Readings from Africa, Europe and Asia (157), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2013.

Dr Babatunde Adedibu

Origin, Migration, Globalisation and Missionary Encounter of Britain Black Majority Churches" Studies in World Christianity 19.1 (2013): 93–113.

Faith without Borders: Maximising the missionary potentials of Britain's Black Majority Churches. Journal of Missional Practice, (2013).

Reverse Mission or Migrant Sanctuaries? Migration , Globalisation and the Missionary Challenges of Britain Black Majority Churches in the Journal of Pentecostal Studies, Pneuma (2013).

Dr Joe Aldred

Thinking outside the box – on race, faith and life, Hansib 2013. ISBN 978-1-906190-65-1.

The Black Church in the 21st Century (Co-ed with Keno Ogob), DLT 2010. ISBN 938-0-232-52792-6.

Respect – Understanding Caribbean British Christianity, Epworth 2005. ISBN 0-7162-0597-1.

Professor Tina Beattie

'Religion in the Writings of the New Atheists' in Richard King (ed.) Theory, Religion, Critique: Classical and Contemporary Approaches (Columbia University Press, 2014, forthcoming).

Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, forthcoming).

'The Vanishing Absolute and the Deconsecrated God – a theological reflection on revelation, law, and human dignity' in Christopher McCrudden (ed.) Understanding Human Dignity (London and Oxford: British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2013, forthcoming).

Dr Richard Burgess

Pentecostals and Political Culture in Africa: Nigeria, Zambia and Kenya as Case Studies. In Michael Wilkinson (ed), Global Pentecostal Movements. Migration, Mission and Public Religion, E. J. Brill's International Studies in Religion and Society series, 2012.

African Pentecostal Growth: The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Britain. In David Goodhew (ed.), Church Growth in Britain. From 1980 to the Present, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012, pp. 127-44.

Family Networks and Social Engagement: Pentecostal Responses to Street Children and Youth in Lagos, Nigeria. Special issue of PentecoStudies, "Pentecostalism and the Family", 10.2, 2012, pp. 196–214.

Professor John Eade

Eade, J. (2013) 'Representing British Bangladeshis in the global city: Authenticity, text and performance' in S. McLoughlin et al. (eds), Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series).

Eade, J.(2012) 'The return of the local? Anglicization, transnationalism and religion in the global city' in S. Krätke et al. (eds), Transnationalism and Urbanism (Routledge Research in Transnationalism).

Eade, J. and J. Krotofil (2012) 'Home and away in an increasingly multicultural Britain: Pilgrimage, parish and Polish migration,' in W. Jansen and C. Notermans (eds), Gender, Nation and Pilgrimage (Ashgate).

Dr Neil MacDonald

The SPCK Introduction to Martin Luther (London: SPCK, 2008).

Metaphysics and the God of Israel: Systematic Theology of the Old and New Testaments (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006).

'Divine Speech as Godly Action: The Metaphysics of Exodus 14', Bartholomew, C Steven Evans, Mary Healy, and Murray Rae (eds), Behind the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan (USA)/Carlisle: Paternoster (UK), 2003).

Dr Christopher Stevens

The canons of Antioch, article in Discipline and Diversity, Studies in Church History series, vol. 43 (Boydell and Brewer, 2007).

With G Simmonds and R Price: Translation of corpus Mysticum: the Eucharist and the Church in the Middle Ages by Henri de Lubac (SCM Press, 2006).

With LD Shimada, "Mapping Methodism", book chapter in The Changing World Religion Map (Springer, to be released shortly).


For further scholarly publications, journals and articles attributable to our research staff and students please see individual staff profiles.