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Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology2022-03-31T16:34:45+01:00

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology

As a lay Catholic Institute in the heart of Cambridge and part of the Cambridge Theological Federation, we resource lay people theologically both within and outside of the Catholic tradition. We provide specialist theological education and open learning opportunities for both individuals and groups.

We offer courses, study days, workshops, seminars and conferences that promote the study of theology, ethics, philosophy, pastoral practice, spirituality and theological reflection in dynamic ways that seek to meet and address twenty-first century global needs. In line with our foundational principles, we continue to promote the resourcing of women through a community life that is open to all. Through our teaching and learning we facilitate exchange with art, culture and social justice initiatives. We resource schools, parishes, hospitals, prisons and other institutions with expertise, training and pastoral support. Our theology engages with different professional and community-based (service) needs and perspectives. This is enriched and enabled by an interdisciplinary approach that is at the heart of our educational work. Many of our students gain qualifications from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University (DTM, BA, MA, MPhil, PhD, DProf).

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FLOURISHING INSIDE

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND PRISON PASTORAL WORK

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Flourishing Inside website, and the publication of the project report, Flourishing Inside?: Catholic Social Thought and Prison Pastoral Work. The site and report arise from the Flourishing Inside project led by Dr Elizabeth Phillips during her year as the Margaret Beaufort Institute’s 2020 Research Fellow, with oversight from Director of Research, Dr Férdia Stone-Davis, generously funded by The Charles Plater Trust. The project asked the questions: What do incarcerated people need from pastoral workers? What resources do pastoral workers need? How can they work best within the prison system? What can Catholic social thought contribute? And how can Catholic social thought be enhanced from listening to the prison context? These questions were explored through: listening to experiences from inside prisons through a focus group event with practitioners and individual interviews with former prison residents; analysing introductions to and resources for learning Catholic social thought; and analysing previous research on prison chaplaincy in particular, as well as chaplaincy more generally and religion in prisons more broadly.

We invite you to explore the resources on the website, the findings in the full report, and to express your interest in the future events arising from the project, including: an away day for lay women working in prison pastoral care, a series of short courses on aspects of prison chaplaincy (with bursaries available), and a new module in Catholic Social Thought which will be added to the ARU MA offerings in the coming year.

Please share this with your own networks and contacts who work in or research prisons, chaplaincy, and/or Catholic social thought; we hope to see wide access to the report, resources, and questions raised for further work.

GO TO THE FLOURISHING INSIDE WEBSITE
READ THE REPORT FLOURISHING INSIDE? CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT AND PRISON PASTORAL WORK

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