Francesca Po

Francesca Po


This is an ethnographic study that argues that the Emerging Church is a milieu that organises on the basis of the sacralisation of a specific form of inclusivity, born out of frustrations with Christianity.  It is paradoxically neither and both Christian and New Age/Self-religion.  It is Christian insofar as it derives from Christianity, some of its participants identify as Christian, and it continues to engage with – however criticised by – the Christian tradition.  It is Self-religion in that some of its participants uphold the ‘ethic of self-spirituality’, and supports, if not socialises, the doctrine of self-authority.





• James William Squire Bursary

• St Stephen's House Bursary

Other research interests:

• Social scientific study of religion

• Religion in contemporary society

• Religious change and new religious movements (NRMs/'cults')

• Nonreligion, popular religion, lived religion

• Integral studies and the evolution of consciousness

• World/Comparative religion

• Contemporary ecclesiology, ethnographic theology, implicit theology

• Cases: New Age, alternative spirituality, Emerging Church, Fresh Expressions, global appropriations of Christianity and Buddhism


Areas of teaching competence and experience (post-Transfer doctoral students):

  • Sociology of religion
  • Nature of religion
  • Study of religion
  • Introduction to Buddhism
  • Buddhist ethics