Learning from Parish Partnerships

The Church of Scotland has links to other churches across the world, connecting faith communities. To understand these relationships better a research project between Malawi University and Edinburgh University would like to invite you to participate in some research. This study aims to understand how well partnerships understand and support one another.

The research team would like to ask a range of people to participate – those who get involved in partnership and those who might only know it through announcements through the church. All views are important.

The partnership lead is communicating all the projects that your local parish partnership is engaged in. In the study it is the personal perspectives that count. An interview will allow you to describe, in your own words, your views on different aspects of the partnership. The study aims to find out how local parish partnerships are understanding one another and supporting one another, in Faith and in Action; also how this is working during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are two parts to the research:

  1. A short survey (should take less than 5 mins) to tick some answers to some basic background – e.g. do you have a bible at home?

    You can take the survey here Parish Partnership Survey

  2. An interview (by Zoom, by telephone or recorded in person, in a way that suits you), lasting about 30 mins – to ask about your experience of the partnership and to ask how Covid-19 has created shared challenges and opportunities. Contact Rev. Fraser Edwards, Denis Robson or email eve@ed.ac.uk to participate. You can also telephone 0796 352 0690 to discuss the project.  

The pilot project with ITW will run until 7th June.  All responses will be anonymous.

Research team: Edinburgh University (Divinity and Global Health); Malawi University (Chancellor College, Religious Studies). Results will be used for research and to advise Church of Scotland and CCAP (Church of Central African Presbyterian).