Church and the Academy

Church and the Academy is an initiative of the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway which brings together both the pastoral and academic dimensions of the Church’s lived experience.

Meeting in the Theology and Religious Studies Building at 4, The Square, on the main campus of the University of Glasgow, it seeks to provide a forum where ideas, both old and new, can be shared and through which relationships can be strengthened. It seeks to serve the Church and the community by offering a space of honest enquiry. All are very welcome.

During lockdown, we are meeting via Zoom. See the List of Meetings, which includes the Zoom Invitation Link and other details.

Contact us with comments and suggestions, or to be added to the mailing list.

The Rev Canon Prof David Jasper:
The Rev Canon Dr Nicholas Taylor:
The Rev Lee Johnston:
The Rev Harriet Johnston:

Check out previous seminars on YouTube. Find further updates and quick access to new seminar recordings on Facebook.

​28th January 2021, 5:30pm on Zoom

Professor Beverley Clack

School of History, Philosophy, and Culture, Oxford Brookes University

How to be a Failure and Still Live Well:
Moving from Homo Economicus to Homo Religiosus

Beverley Clack is Professor in the Philosophy of Religion at Oxford Brookes University. Her publications include: How to be a Failure and Still Live Well (2020); Interrogating the Neoliberal Lifecycle: The Limits of Success, co-edited with Michele Paule (2019); Philosophy of Religion: A Critical Introduction, co-authored with Brian R Clack (3rd edition 2019); Freud on the Couch (2013); Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Critical Readings, co-edited with Pamela Sue Anderson (2004); Sex and Death: A Reappraisal of Human Mortality (2002); and Misogyny in the Western Philosophical Tradition (1999).

From 2012-16 she was City Councillor for St Clements Ward in Oxford, and from 2016-2018 she was a member of the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum. She is a Circuit Steward in the Oxford Circuit of the Methodist Church, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

25th February 2021

The Rev Dr John O’Connor, OP

Regent of Blackfriars, Oxford

Some Thoughts on Natural Law Ethics


​25th March 2021

Dr Hannah M. Strømmen

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Chichester


29 April 2021

The Rev Nana (Christina) Du

Shangdong, China


27 May 2021

The Rev George Guiver, CR

House of the Resurrection, Mirfield