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Chaplains are embedded in the culture and life of many universities and are a key part of university support for religious students. Yet university chaplaincy has rarely been researched by social scientists. This article explores the role of chaplains and chaplaincy in universities in the United Kingdom (UK), investigating understandings of what makes for good and effective chaplaincy among the different groups involved or working with chaplains. Case study research in five universities, comprising interviews with chaplains, university managers and representatives from religious bodies, and a survey of students, reveals an approach to chaplaincy upon which many participants agree, based around a combination of relational skills and presence. Conceptualizing this as relational presence, the article argues that relational presence reflects the UK’s three-dimensional religious landscape, where religion is regarded as “vicarious”, and reflects the values of young people who attend universities.
|Journal||Journal of College and Character|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 23 May 2022|
FunderChurch Universities Fund
- chaplaincy; higher education; universities; religion; students; vicarious religion
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