Shap - who are we?
is not an acronym, it is the name of a village in Cumbria.
In the spring of 1969 a conference on ‘Comparative
Religion in Education’ was held at a hotel in Shap.
Arising out of that conference came the decision by the
participants to set-up a working party to campaign for and
support the development of teaching about the World’s
Religions in schools and other educational settings.
Few of the participants of that 1969 conference are still
with us. But over the years new colleagues have been invited
to join the working party such that it has always maintained
about 35 active members, each invited to join in an individual
capacity and asked to continue the work started by the founders.
The next few paragraphs give a brief summary of some of
our major activities, the links will take you to more details.
Shap members produce, in different formats, an annual calendar
detailing the festival dates of many world religions. Ours
was the first such calendar, and although it now has many
rivals we firmly believe that ours is still the best. Each
year our dedicated and expert team corresponds with around
25 different religious organisations to ensure the accuracy
of the calendar
Shap produces an annual Journal,
much-loved and widely read by those professionally involved
in the fields of religious studies and religious education.
The back catalogue of the Journal
provides a rich resource for those seeking information on
a wide range of topics about religions in the modern world.
The Shap advisory service offers
free information about all aspects of religion. If you do
not find an answer to your question in the previous
questions section, then submit your question to us (submit
new question) and one or more of our members will provide
you with an answer.
Our most recent innovation is the audio
glossary, which offers you not only a definition of
many of the words that crop up in the study of religions,
but also the opportunity to hear the word pronounced by
a speaker from the relevant religious tradition.
Before long we hope to be able to give details of a visual
resource centre, our latest exciting project.
The Shap Working
Party on World Religions in Education - Registered
Charity No. 271510
Shap is a charitable private company, with
company number 01241032, contact via email@example.com