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Centre for Religion in Society

A forum to look at the role of religion in the cultural, social and political life of society as well as its role in conflict resolution, peace-building and reconciliation.

The Centre for Religion in Society (CRiS) was established in 2008. CRiS provides a forum where scholars, in particular from the disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, but also from other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, as well as relevant practitioners and professionals, come together to look at the role of religion in the cultural, social and political life of society as well as its role in conflict resolution, peace-building and reconciliation.

There is growing need for academics from theology and religious studies to respond to current issues relating to religion in contemporary society since public awareness of the role of religion in conflict areas in many parts of the world, and of how theology and religious studies could help to untangle problems in our society, is rising. Furthermore, since the conflicts and tensions are not just 'religious' matters, it is necessary to examine the wider contexts and so to employ a range of academic disciplines.  

The aim of the Centre is to enhance the national and international profile of the Faculty and the University, thereby increasing opportunities for joint research projects and securing external funding. It will be a centre for excellence known for its academic work and also for disseminating its findings to the wider society.  The work of CRiS also enhances the student experience through the teaching and learning process as staff and visiting scholars provide cutting-edge curriculum content and expertise in research methodology and skills.

Our team

The Centre for Religion in Society is led by Professor Pauline Kollantai. 

Staff working within the Centre include:

  • Dr Sue Yore
  • Dr Richard Bourne
  • Dr Esther McIntosh
  • Dr Michael Tilley

Visiting professors and scholars:

  • Professor Sebastian Kim, Professor of Theology and Public Life, Fuller Theological Seminary and Korean Studies Centre
  • Professor Kjetil Freitheim, Professor of Ethics and Diaconal Studies. Norwegian School of Theology
  • Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Professor Emeritus of Judaisn, University of Wales
  • Canon Dr Malcolm Grundy, former Director of the Foundation for Church Leadership

Our projects, partnerships and publications

Current projects

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Our partnerships

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Research publications

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Get in touch

Centre for Religion in Society

York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX

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01904 876 573

Professor Pauline Kollontai,
Director of the Centre for religion in society

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