Revd Dr Richard Sudworth

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I am parish priest of Sparkbrook in Birmingham. My research interests include Anglican political theology and Christian-Muslim Relations. My PhD from Heythrop College, University of London (2013) is published as Encountering Islam: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Public Square (London: SCM, 2017). I am also the author of Distinctly Welcoming: Christian Presence in a Multifaith Society (Milton Keynes: SU, 2007). I am happy to consider postgraduate research supervision for political theology and Christian-Muslim relations research projects.



“Hospitality and Embassy: The Persistent Influence of Kenneth Cragg on Anglican Theologies of Interfaith Relations”, Anglican Theological Review, 96.1 (2014): 73-89.

Review of A Policy of Hope: Kenneth Cragg and Islam, by Christopher Lamb, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 2014.

“Responding to Islam as Priests, Mystics, and Trail Blazers: Louis Massignon, Kenneth Cragg, and Rowan Williams”, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 55, Nos. 3-4 (2014): 451-471.

“Trojan Horse: A Conversation still Waiting to Happen”, Crucible (October 2014): 71-75.

“Christian Responses to the Political Challenge of Islam”, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 4, No. 2 (2013): 191-211.

“Eastern Orthodoxy, Rowan Williams and Islam: Exploring the Impact of Eastern Orthodoxy on Rowan Williams’ Anglican Engagement with Islam”, ARAM, 25 (2013): 501-518.

“Anglicanism and Islam: the ecclesial-turn in interfaith relations”, Living Stones Yearbook 2012.

“Towards a Theology of Mission Amongst Muslims in a Post July 7th Britain”, Practical Theology2 (2009): 171-218, BIAPT prize for the best dissertation, 2008.

“Missional Discipleship: Following Christ the Lord in a Multi-faith Society”, Anvil 2 (2008): 85-94.

Chapters in books

“Donald Allchin and Rowan Williams: Anglican Dialogues with the Eastern Tradition. A Conversation with Louis Massignon”, Heythrop College Conference on The Life and Thought of Louis Massignon within a wider Ecumenical and Dialogical Perspective, November 2016, and forthcoming collection in Fordham University Press.

“The End of Empire and the Era of Mistrust” in, Routledge Handbook on Christian-Muslim Relations, edited by David Thomas (London: Routledge, 2017): 239-246.

“The Priest Attends a Deathbed: Post-Christian, Multi-Faith Urban Ministry”, in Martin & Coakley (eds.), For God’s Sake: Reimagining Priesthood and Prayer in a Changing Church, (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2016): 35-46.

“Anglican Interreligious Relations in Generous Love: Indebted to and Moving from Vatican II” in, The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter: Essays in Honour of David Thomas, edited by Douglas Pratt, Jon Hoover, John Davies, John Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2015): 527-543.

“Distinctly Welcoming: The Church in a Pluralist Culture”, in Bolger (ed.), The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, (Grand Rapids, MA: Baker Academic, 2012).

“Recovering the Difference that Makes a Difference: Fresh Ideas on an Older Theme”, in Cray, Kennedy & Mobsby (eds.), Fresh Expressions of Church and the Kingdom of God, (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012).

With Edmund Newey, “’Strangers and Neighbours’: The Springfield Project and Barelwi Mosque Next Door”, in Ward & Coakley (eds.), Fear and Friendship: Anglicans Engaging with Islam, (London: Continuum, 2012).

“Holistic Responses in Multicultural Birmingham”, in Chapman & Bell (eds.), Between Naivety and Hostility: Uncovering the best Christian responses to Islam in Britain, (Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2011).