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The St Mary’s Centre is a Christian research institute, rooted in Wales, working in the broad fields of religion and education. In accordance with its Anglican ethos, the Centre is committed to serving both the Church and wider Society. Recognised as a member of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC), the Centre collaborates with the University of Warwick (Coventry), Bishop Grosseteste University (Lincoln), and Queen's College (St Johns, Newfoundland). 


Research

Core to the work of the Centre is the development and promotion of research that may directly inform practice in church-related, school-related, and community-related contexts. 

Our research projects engage the following areas:

  • prayer and sacred space
  • congregation studies
  • cathedrals and churches
  • visitor studies and tourism
  • rural church, rural theology, and rural communities
  • religious and spiritual experiences
  • living with religious diversity
  • distinctiveness and effectiveness of church schools
  • bullying and victimisation
  • clergy wellbeing and work-related pyschological health
  • resilience and wellbeing
  • pyschological type and individual differences

Research into practice

We translate our research into practice through creating, supporting, and offering:
  • curriculum resources for primary schools
  • resources for A-level students
  • resources for churches and Christian parents
  • seminars and symposia
  • public presentations for practitioners
  • programmes developing research-based reflective practice
  • consultancy


Management

The St Mary's Centre is managed by the charitable company The St Mary's and St Giles' Centre (Registered Charity number 1141117)


Faculty and contacts

Executive Director:    The Revd Dr Tania ap Sin, MA (Oxon), MA (Bangor), PhD (Warwick)
                                Email: smc.taniaapsion@gmail.com 

Honorary Director:     The Revd Canon Professor Leslie J. Francis
                                PhD, DLitt, ScD, DD, FBPsS, FAcSS
                                Email: leslie.francis@warwick.ac.uk

Research Associate:   Mrs Emma L. Eccles
                                Email: emma.eccles@bishopg.ac.uk


CHALLENGING RELIGIOUS ISSUES
Free On-line Journal for A-Level Students and Teachers is relaunched.


Explore Issue 14, Autumn 2018.
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NEW SERIES COMING SOON!
Randalph's Spiritual Quest and Search for Meaning Series
for 8- to 11-year-old learners
Free resources on-line
Available late summer 2019