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|Job Title||Methodist Oversight Tutor / Lecturer in Practical Theology|
|Telephone||0121 452 2627|
|Room no.||Room 40, New Building|
Before joining the tutorial team at Queen’s in 2010, I led an international contextual training programme for the Methodist Connexional Team and in partnership with ecumenical colleagues in the UK, Latin America, India and elsewhere. Based at the United College of the Ascension in Selly Oak until its closure, I was also training mission partners in transition to and from the UK. Previously I served as a Presbyter in priority appointments in Leicester and Leeds, after working as a schoolteacher, engineer and farm labourer, and living with the Taizé community.
Amongst a range of interests is the twentieth-century American Trappist, Thomas Merton, whose legacy continues to inform and inspire vocational engagement with twenty-first century realities. For some years I have been co-editor of The Merton Journal, and regularly contribute to Merton conferences and events in the UK and abroad.
MA 1987 University of Cambridge MPhil 1994 University of Birmingham PGCE 1989 University of Cambridge PhD University of Birmingham (current)
- Roles at Queen's
As a tutor in the Centre for Ministerial Formation, I share responsibility for oversight and stationing of Methodist student ministers, and supervision of research work.
I have developed and delivered courses in:
- Mission and Ministry
- Mission and Globalisation
- Theology After Modernity
- Theology in the Marketplace (consumerism and economics)
- Christian Spiritualities
- Autobiographical Theology and Writing
- Contextual Theology for attachment-based learning
- Uses of Doctrine
- External roles and responsibilities
As a Presbyter I continue preaching and leading worship or home groups with local Methodist and Anglican churches around Birmingham and beyond. I am a member of the Methodist Faith and Order Committee, and lead study days or events with District and Connexional teams and ecumenical partners, contributing in print to church reports and other resources.
- Research interests and publications
Teaching responsibilities have covered a broad range, with a consistent focus on interpreting and responding to the world as we experience it, from our many and varied perspectives, in light of our reception of Christian faith. So economic and social theory, media and culture studies, liberation theologies and monastic traditions, contemplation and attention, epistemology and poetics have all been part of a continually developing practical theological enterprise. I continue to research in learning and teaching, and practices of ministry. My doctoral work is in hermeneutics, communication and counter-consciousness, through an extensive study of Thomas Merton and his readers.