For me, a larger than usual chunk of 2016 was taken up with writing – finishing various reports for projects we’re supporting at St Peter’s Saltley Trust, and also ensuring that some writing for publication begins to see the light of day.

So it’s pleasing to be able to post links to three articles which were published in 2016:

Formation for Mission in Urban Britain: The Birmingham Mission Apprentice Scheme’ 
Journal of Adult Theological Education, 13 (1) 2016, pp. 33-47.

This was co-written by Andy Jolley (now Archdeacon of Bradford) and myself, and is a reflection on a scheme which Andy pioneered with others from the Church of England Birmingham, and chaired for the first four years of its existence, and on which I was part of the steering group.  The article explores the experience of learning within the Scheme in the light of three bodies of literature: formation for missional leadership, current thinking on apprenticeships, and communities of practice.

‘Faith in the public square in 1941 and 1991: two Malvern Conferences reviewed’, Journal of Beliefs and Values 37 (3) 2016, pp. 247-58.

2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the Malvern Conference, the wartime brainchild of Archbishop William Temple, which provided some of the energy and ideas behind the creation of the welfare state (Beveridge was much influenced by Temple).  Partly in commemoration of that anniversary, but also with a definite concern for an uncertain future, the University of Worcester and the William Temple Foundation organised a major conference on social justice covering not only faith but also education, health, social care and social change.  Having been on the conference steering group I thought I really ought to offer a short paper, and so whipped up this comparative reading of the 1941 Malvern conference and its 50th anniversary successor in 1991. It seemed to go down OK, so re-worked it into this article.

‘Why study A Level Religious Studies? Qualitative perspectives from two English Midlands sixth forms’, Journal of Beliefs and Values, published online 23 Sept 2016 and due out in print early this year.

This article, based on a series of interviews and classroom observations, sought to explore students’ motivations for studying RS at A-Level and also their assessments of its value as a curriculum subject.  The article is a companion piece to a series of articles by Profs Leslie Francis, Stephen Parker and Andrew Village, drawing on the results of a larger questionnaire survey published in the Journal of Beliefs and Values 37 (3) 2016 here.

Anyone with a serious professional or research interest can contact me a free e-print of any of these articles (limited availability).