Deacon Eunice Attwood

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Job Title Diaconal Oversight Tutor and Tutor in Pastoral Theology
Email e.attwood@queens.ac.uk
Telephone 0121 4522660
Room no. Room 38, New Building

I have been a Tutor in Pastoral Theology at the Queen’s Foundation, and a member of the Centre for Ministerial Formation since 2012. One of the things that first attracted me to Queen’s was the diverse staff team who have an expansive and fascinating body of experience and theological perspectives. In working as a part-time diaconal tutor at Wesley Study Centre, Durham, since 2006, I was excited at being able to contribute in a full-time role at Queen’s supporting Methodist diaconal students alongside teaching pastoral theology. I am passionate to encourage students to see theological reflection as a vital tool in contributing to effective and robust pastoral practice. 

Qualifications

MA (2001) based on my work as a Hospital Chaplain reflecting on an understanding of spirituality which could inform and assist the delivery of spiritual care within the context of healthcare. This built on my twelve years of experience as an intensive care nurse within the healthcare context.

Roles within Queen's

After twenty years of pastoral experience as an ordained Methodist deacon in a variety of contexts I teach ordained diaconal studies, pastoral theology and spirituality.

At Queen’s I am part of the Centre for Ministerial Formation. Alongside my teaching roles, I contribute to the leadership team of the college in being attentive to issues of staff and student well-being. I also serve as the Queen’s Foundation Safeguarding Officer. 

External roles and responsibilities

I have served in a variety of ministerial contexts as an ordained Methodist deacon. I am particularly passionate about ministry based in city centres having worked at Brunswick Methodist Church in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne for over twelve years. During my time in Newcastle I worked alongside others to establish Newcastle Street Pastors and projects working with vulnerable groups including sex workers, homeless men and women and those addicted to drugs and alcohol. I served as the Vice President of the British Methodist Conference from 2010-2011 contributing to the senior leadership of the Methodist Church. As an ex Vice-President I continue to serve in a variety of informal an supportive roles within the Methodist Church. 

I currently serve on the Methodist Church Faith and Order Committee and the Methodist Connexional Safeguarding Committee. 

Research interests

I engage in regular conferences, workshops and conversations about diaconal ministry. I am currently working alongside ecumenical colleagues looking at how Common Awards engages with diaconal studies. I am pursuing further research into a theological framework for safeguarding which impacts on ministerial practice.  

I regularly contribute to working parties and reports within the life of the church.