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Stephen grew up on the coastal edge of Cumbria and after studying theology at the universities of Durham and Cambridge entered the ordained ministry of the Church of England, serving in parishes in the Diocese of Durham. He was Director of the Urban Mission Centre in Gateshead before coming to Queen’s as Tutor in Liturgy. Since then he has taught in Sydney, Australia, at Charles Sturt University’s United Theological College, and Cambridge, USA, at Episcopal Divinity School. He is currently Stewart Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology at Trinity College Theological School in the University of Divinity, Melbourne.
His publications promote liturgical renewal and explore the intersections of liturgical theology and contemporary theologies, with special interest in feminist and Postcolonial perspectives. They include Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy and Interfaith Engagement (co-editor with Kwok Pui-lan; Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2016), Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry (New York, NY: Seabury Press, 2015), Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (co-editor with Anita Monro: London: Routledge, 2014), Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne, Vic.: Mosaic Press, 2012), The Art of Tentmaking: Making Space for Worship (editor: Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012), Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives (co-author with Michael N. Jagessar; Sheffield: Equinox, 2011 / London: Routledge, 2014), Presiding Like a Woman (co-editor with Nicola Slee; London: SPCK, 2010), Christian Worship in Australia (co-editor with Anita Monro; Strathfield, NSW : St. Pauls, 2009), Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (co-editor with Natalie Watson; London: SCM Press, 2008), The Edge of God: New Liturgical Texts and Contexts in Conversation (co-editor with Nicola Slee and Michael N. Jagessar; Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2008), Worship in Context: Liturgical Theology, Children and the City (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006), and Liturgy (London: SCM Pres, 2006).