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The Science of Cathedral Studies: Exploring Demographic Profile, Motivational Intentions, and Perceived Impact among those Attending the Holly Bough Service in Liverpool Cathedral

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Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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Liverpool Cathedral, Liverpool L1 7AZ, UK
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Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, Department of Education Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
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Religions 2020, 11(9), 478; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11090478
Received: 18 August 2020 / Revised: 9 September 2020 / Accepted: 11 September 2020 / Published: 21 September 2020
The Holly Bough service is a unique pre-Christmas event, combining musical excellence and theological depth, crafted by the founding dean of Liverpool Cathedral in the early twentieth century for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Located within the developing science of cathedral studies, this paper analyses the demographic profile, motivational intention (drawing on religious orientation theory) and perceived impact on spiritual wellbeing (drawing on Fisher’s four dimensional model) among 564 participants who completed a detailed survey at the service held in 2019. The data demonstrated a mix of ages, a sense of Anglican commitment to this form of event-belonging by those who return year-on-year and invite friends to join them, and a perceived beneficial impact on all four dimensions of spiritual wellbeing. View Full-Text
Keywords: cathedral studies; Christmas; spiritual wellbeing; ways of belonging; religious orientation theory cathedral studies; Christmas; spiritual wellbeing; ways of belonging; religious orientation theory
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Francis, L.J.; Jones, S.H.; McKenna, U.; Pike, N.; Williams, E. The Science of Cathedral Studies: Exploring Demographic Profile, Motivational Intentions, and Perceived Impact among those Attending the Holly Bough Service in Liverpool Cathedral. Religions 2020, 11, 478.

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