Ethos

The Network for Religion in Public Life ethos is inclusive, welcoming and mutually supportive. We seek to exercise, receive and enjoy intellectual and other forms of hospitality, across a diversity of faith and religious traditions.

Theology and Religion staff members associated with the centre include: 

David Tollerton works on the religious dimensions of public Holocaust memory in contemporary Britain. During the 2019-20 academic year he was awarded a full-time Leverhulme Trust research fellowship to explore this topic, with a new monograph entitled Holocaust Memory and Britain’s Religious-Secular Landscape being published with Routledge press in 2020. Dr Tollerton is current director of the Network for Religion in Public Life.

Brandon Gallaher has been involved with inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue since 2012. This has taken two forms. First, he has been a participant in various scriptural reasoning initiatives--where different religious traditions read one another's Scriptures together--between Muslims and Christians and between Jews, Christians and Muslims through UK based inter-faith groups as well as through Georgetown University's Building Bridges Seminar. The other area of inter-religious and dialogue he has engaged in is with Japanese religion, especially Zen Buddhism. He has been a Visiting Scholar, teaching and doing research in dialogue and cooperation with Japanese theologians and scholars, at Doshisha University's School of Theology in Kyoto annually since 2014, visiting Shinto shrines and Buddhist Monasteries throughout Japan, visiting scholars and clerics of both traditions in Kyoto and Tokyo and learning, in particular, about Buddhist meditation from Zen teachers. More recently, he has co-organized a series of conferences—with accompanying collected volumes of the proceedings--in the UK, US, Greece and Italy putting Eastern Orthodoxy into dialogue with world religions, especially Islam and Buddhism. The final product of all this work is his next monograph study, Orthodoxy and Modernity: Contemporary Challenges to Eastern Orthodoxy in a Secular Age

Esther D. Reed is engaged currently with a chaplaincy initiative in the mining industry, via the Mining and Faith Reflections Initiative. Her work with the Naval Service Ethics Programme includes discussions with chaplaincy about ethics training and education alongside pastoral ministries.