My background is in Practical Theology, specialising in liturgy and the ecumenical movement of the twentieth century. In recent years, I have focused on the interface between theology and society, with specific attention to Restorative Justice. With colleagues in Oxford, Sheffield and Ulster, I am now leading an ethnographic research project on the place of forgiveness within Restorative Justice conferencing.
As an undergraduate, I read Theology at Oxford and trained for Ministry in the Baptist denomination at Regent’s Park. Since then, I have been Director of Programmes for the Churches’ Response to Humanitarian Disasters and Refugee Concerns at the World Council of Churches in Geneva (1988-99), and Deputy General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (1999-2004). In 2012, I took a PhD from the University of Birmingham.
My role in College
As Chaplain (since 2007) and Fellow for Welfare (since 2017), I coordinate Chaplaincy and the College’s pastoral provision, working with colleagues in a range of capacities to foster an inclusive and supportive ethos in the College. I am always pleased to hear from members of the community, who are welcome to arrange a time to meet and talk by email.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Desmond Tutu
Articles and Research Papers
- 'Re-imagining Restorative Justice: The Value of Forgiveness', Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 5.1 (2016), pp. 66-78
- 'The Meaning and Function of "Dynamic Equivalence" in ecumenical dialogues', in A. J. Clarke, ed., For the Sake of the Church (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2014)
- 'The Word of God in the Life of the Church: A Review Article', Baptist Quarterly 45 (October 2013), pp. 248-53
- 'Ecumenism', in J. Day and B. Gordon-Taylor, eds, The Study of Liturgy and Worship (London: SPCK, 2013), pp. 223-33