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

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Course Description

This course develops participant skills 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 designed as a follow up for those who have completed another course in worship, or who have experience in leading worship. 

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 17th - 20th March, 2024 

This course will take place in-person (with an online option) on Wednesdays at 4.00pm-6.00pm. This course will be taught over 9 weeks (incuding a break on the 14th of February) via meetings & instruction and after class activities.

Introduction to the course

This course will aim to:

  • Extend student competence in the 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.

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


By the end of this course participants 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 events in the human life cycle.

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

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


Course information

This course is conducted in person at the University of Glasgow. Each learning module will be taught through a range of presentations, discussion, exercises, viewing and reading. Each week participants will be introduced to a range of materials, including video, articles, and resources for use or adapting to local worship contexts. Learning materials and interaction will be accessible using the learning platform Moodle. 

Learners may choose to undertake assessments, and thus qualify for 10 credit points towards a Higher Education certificate or Glasgow University approved theology programme, or may engage with the learning programme for their own personal benefit without the final assessments. 


If you take the course for credit, the formal assessment for this course consists of the following:

  • An essay on liturgy and the human life cycle of 1000 words. (40%)

  • A self-evaluation of a class delivered original liturgy incorporating appraisal and feedback. (60%)



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

Funds or subsidies may also be available through your own church for training or study purposes and we encourage you to approach them with the details of the course.

Closing date

The last date for applications is Friday the 8th of December 2023.

How to Apply


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 (office administrator) at:

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