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Richard Schirmer

lecturer Youth work

About Richard

Phil Daughtry is a senior manager at Tabor and he teaches in the field of contemporary spirituality. He has a reputation amongst his staff as a caring and empowering leader. His students speak of his gentleness, clarity of communication and capacity to teach critical and reflective thinking skills.

Phil is active in research and participates in international conversations about the place of spirituality in life, work and society. His own spiritual journey is one that is shaped by contemplative practices from the Christian tradition and a progressive theological worldview. When not at work, Phil is happiest in the garden, on his BMW motorcycle tourer, fishing, camping, spending time with his wife, adult children, partners and grandchildren, and supporting the Adelaide United Football (soccer) Club.

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Recent Publications

Daughtry, P. (impending publication, 2017/2018). Portraits of the ‘Shy Hope’ – A perspective on youth spirituality and identity in the Australian context. In E. Arwick & H. Shipley (Eds.), Young people and the diversity of (non)religious identities in international perspective. Springer.

Daughtry, P. & Devenish, S. (Eds.). (2016). Spirituality for youth work: New vocabulary, concepts and practices. New Castle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Daughtry, P. (2016, 24-26 May). It’s worth doing nothing and having a rest: Contemplative practice as resistance in an era of exhaustion. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality, Manchester, UK.


Subjects Taught

  • Exploring Contemporary Spirituality
  • Theological Reflection in Life and Work
  • Exploring Practices for Spiritual Formation


  • Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Vice President
    (Student Recruitment)


  • Currently completing international conversations
  • Loves BMW Motorcycles
  • Interested in gardening


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts
    (Christian Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Arts

You can contact Richard on
1300 482 267

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