Online Practical Theology Short Courses
Trinity College Glasgow & Theology & Religious Studies, University of Glasgow

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Course Description

This course develops student competencies in planning, writing and producing worship materials including spoken liturgies, prayer and rituals and leading these in the context of Christian Worship.This course is accessible for those who have completed a level 1 course, or have already undertaken other forms of further education.

This is an open access course available as a 10-credit course (accredited by the University of Glasgow) or audit-only for those who just wish to engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit.

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Rev Dr Doug Gay is a Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow and has taught preaching to ministry students for over a decade. He is a trained Church of Scotland minister, who has previously served as a minister for the United Reformed Church in Hackney, East London. Doug has worked as a religious columnist for The Times and is also active as a hymnwriter and liturgist. He has authored several books, most recently God be in My Mouth: 40 Ways to Grow as a Preacher (2018).

Timetable & Duration

Jan 11th - March 22nd, 2023

This course will take place in-person on Wednesday's 4.00pm-6.00pm. This course will be taught over 9 weeks (incuding a break on 15th February) via meetings & instruction and after class activities.


Introduction to the course

This course will aim to:

  • Extend student’s competence in the planning and production of worship materials including spoken liturgies, prayer and rituals. 

  • Explore the significance of worship and ritual in relation to the human life cycle

  • Examine resources which are helpful in the construction of Christian worship 

  • Develop student competence in crafting material appropriate to key activities within a Christian worship service. 

  • Support the development of writing, and presentation skills through active practice.


By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify key principles used in the writing and delivery of spoken liturgy and prayer

  • Critically review liturgical material and rituals used for a significant event in the human life cycle

  • Employ a variety of web and text-based supports for researching and constructing worship materials

  • Evaluate their own materials and practice as a worship leader and supportively critique the work of colleagues.


Course Information

This course is conducted in person at the University of Glasgow. Further details will be provided upon enrollment in the course.



*Priority Area subsidy available for this course. Please contact for more information.


Applications close 28th November 2022.

How to Apply


Formal Applications open Autumn 2022. Notify your interest now via email:

These courses are delivered through the University of Glasgow. We will contact you with more information and guidance regarding applying, completing your details and payment in time for the course start date. If you have any questions regarding the process, you can contact us on the above email address. 

If you have any difficulties with this process – please contact Heather O'Connor (office administrator) at: