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The Values and Benefits of Sports Chaplaincy in Australia

Reid, Stephen and Hughes, Philip J. (2013) The Values and Benefits of Sports Chaplaincy in Australia. Christian Research Association Research Papers, 13 . Christian Research Association, Melbourne. 16pp. ISBN 978-1-875223-76-3


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Australians love sport. Over a span of two centuries, much has been written about how this love affair has
shaped the national identity. In Australia’s history, sport has played an important role in the good and the
bad times. It is recorded, for example, that Australians played Aussie Rules and cricket on the battlefields of
Gallipoli. Australians pride themselves on their reputation to compete on the international stage. Australia
is one of only a handful of countries to have participated in every Summer Olympic Games. It has been
argued that Australians regard sport as sacred to their way of life, an obsession that contributes to a
collective sense of meaning in life, an “essential component that contributes to their story” (Cheong, pp.237-
238). In this regard, sport has sometimes been referred to as the Australian religion. At other times, it has
been suggested that sport provides an alternative to religion in providing identity, meaning and belonging.
In late 2012 and early 2013, the Christian Research Association, in a jointly funded venture with MCD
University of Divinity, and supported by Sports Chaplaincy Australia, undertook a pilot research project
investigating chaplaincy in sport.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: sport, chaplaincy, Australia
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Rev Dr Philip Hughes
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 01:41
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2015 14:15
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1344

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