We, the Trustees of the Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality (CSIRCS), were pleased to establish in Bishop Grosseteste University, the three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Implicit Religion and welcomed the appointment of Dr Francis Stewart to that position.

We have been impressed by the way in which Bishop Grosseteste University has been able to nurture research and teaching in Implicit Religion alongside Dr Stewart’s internationally-respected leadership in the field. Now the establishment of the Edward Bailey Centre gives a clear focus for Bishop Grosseteste University’s presence in this international field of study.

Edward Bailey’s conceptualisation of and research in Implicit Religion made two original and important contributions to knowledge that have potential for significant impact on personal and social wellbeing.

Bailey’s first insight was that the body of knowledge built up within Departments of Religious Studies had the capacity to unlock and to illuminate many aspects of contemporary life. In her own research Francis Stewart tested that insight in her analysis of Straight Edge Punk (see her book, Punk Rock is my Religion). In Bishop Grosseteste University the Edward Bailey Centre invites students to draw on the rich resources of Religious Studies to explore the Implicit Religions that matter to them.

Bailey’s second insight was that the functions served by explicit religions are now being served by Implicit Religion in contemporary lives. Bailey argues that Implicit Religion is recognised by: commitment, integrating foci, and intensive concerns with extensive effects. In Bishop Grosseteste University the Edward Bailey Centre invites students to explore and to value the Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality through which people share meaning, purpose, and fulfilment.

The impact of these two insights on personal and social wellbeing is enormous. In Bishop Grosseteste University the Edward Bailey Centre invites students to promote their personal wellbeing and to shape healthier societies. This is entirely compatible with the mission of a Cathedral Sector University.

Note:
CSIRCS is a registered charity, Charity number 1047179.

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