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We are pleased to share an update on our research.

  • Doctoral student Chris Talbot is exploring intersections between trauma theology and education in emergencies, i.e., education for children and others in the face of armed conflict, disaster and forced displacement, including for asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced people. One of the aims is to identify ways in which trauma theology can strengthen the planning and carrying out of education in emergencies, including the provision of psychosocial support. Through the research and dissemination of its findings, Chris hopes to help enrich both the practice of education in emergencies and of trauma theology. This project is being conducted under the auspices of Westcott House, Cambridge, and Durham University, through the Theological Education Institutions (TEI) Partnership.


  • We are collaborating with Moral Injury Partnership on a pilot study to measure and describe the effect of its retreat-based intervention, Reflect and Renew, on moral injury-related distress and wellbeing in frontline professionals. Moral Injury Partnership will be facilitating a workshop at April's conference. 


  • Our Executive Director Brian Powers has written the following works:
    • “Military moral injury and the importance of Christian theologies of guilt, forgiveness and hope” in The Routledge Handbook of Spirituality, Religion and Medical Humanities, edited by Adam J. Powell, Chris Cook, and Kristy Slominski, to be published in late 2024.
    • An article on moral injury, hope and lament to be published in a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Disability and Religion.


  • We are working with Paul Conway (University of Southampton), Peter Lee (University of Portsmouth) and Aaron Pycroft, (University of Portsmouth) on a project investigating mental health and moral injury among retired UK military chaplains. Military chaplains have a unique, demanding and important role in the functioning of their units, yet little is known about what unique factors influence various aspects of their wellbeing. The project will provide a picture of the psychological wellbeing of retired military chaplains in the UK and explore associations with a variety of potential risk and protective factors that might be particularly pertinent to their background and former roles, including but not limited to moral injury.


Find out more about our published and ongoing research