When Faith gets Practical: Bible and Activism in the Classroom

 Dr Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe is Senior Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament studies at the University of Botswana.  She obtained her PhD in Old Testament Studies from the University of Murdoch in Perth, Australia in 2012. The title of her PhD thesis was This Courageous Woman: A socio-rhetorical Womanist Reading of Proverbs 31:10-31. Her research... Continue Reading →

Daniel in the Homophobic Lion’s Den

Here’s a post by Shiloh Project co-director Prof. Johanna Stiebert about her second research visit to Nairobi, where she participates in a project with Ugandan LGBTQ+refugees. The project has the title “Tales of Sexuality and Faith: The Ugandan LGBT Refugees Life Story Project”and is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust. Its lead investigator is Prof. Adriaan van Klinken.  Stories and Lives Stories matter. In my life... Continue Reading →

Faith & Activism: Call for Contributions

In the forthcoming twelve months, the Leeds Centre for Religion and Public Life will be publishing a special online series via our ‘Religion in Public’ site titled ‘Faith and Activism’. This series will explore the diverse and complex relationship between faith and socio-political activism in a variety of global contexts and in relation to a... Continue Reading →

The Iranian Christian Community in Leeds

Maria Stankiewicz is a second-year undergraduate student of Arabic and International Development at University of Leeds. In this post she shares some findings of the research project she undertook through the 'Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship' under the supervision of Dr Mel Prideaux. In the summer of 2017, I received a chance to undertake... Continue Reading →

Kaya Hip-Hop and Religious Co-existence at the Kenyan Coast

Erik Meinema is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Utrecht University, who has received funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigate modalities of co-existence between youth from various religious backgrounds at the Kenyan Coast. He is also a member of the research program ‘Religious Matters in an Entangled World’ led... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones: Symbolic Violence and the Christian ‘Transgender Debate’

Dr Caroline Blyth is a Senior Lecturer in Theological and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. They are currently a visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds. In this piece, they explore their current research on transphobic violence that is embedded in conservative Christian interpretations of the... Continue Reading →

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