Research Profile: Stephen Burns

Stephen is Coordinator of Ministry Studies at Pilgrim Theological College, where he accompanies the candidates for public ministries of the church, and teaches across worship and ministry units. He is Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology in the University of Divinity. A British-Australian citizen, he studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, hons; MA; PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) and is a presbyter in the Church of England. He has taught in ecumenical seminaries in the UK (The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, where he is International Research Consultant; Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, Durham) as well as in the USA (Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge) and Australia (United Theological College, Sydney).


Stephen’s teaching at Pilgrim in second semester involves: Liturgical Theology and Practice—an introduction to liturgical study, and (with Katharine Massam) Mary: Feminist Theological Revisions. In 2020, he is teaching Liturgical Theology and Practice, Advanced Readings in Liturgical Theology and Shoulder to Shoulder: Readings in Feminist Theology.



Stephen’s publications include:

Forthcoming publications include Fully Conscious, Fully Active, coedited with Bryan Cones (Chicago: LTP, 2019), and When We Pray: The Future of Common Prayer (Melbourne: Coventry Press, 2019), coedited with Robert Gribben.


Stephen’s research areas centre on liturgical theology, feminist and postcolonial theologies. Ongoing research projects include Twentieth-century Anglican Theologians (contracted to Wiley-Blackwell coedited with Bryan Cones and James Tengatenga); According to All? Postcolonial Perspectives on Catholicity (contracted to Lexington, coedited with Bryan Cones), Grace is Not Faceless: Mary in Feminist Persepctive (contracted to DLT, edited for Ann Loades); Riting the Body: Feminist Liturgy—Theology and Practice, with Nicola Slee; and Doing Liturgical Theology—Method and Context, with Jason McFarland.

Current research areas are indicated in his recent writing, including:

Forthcoming essays include: “Deterrence: Crucified People,” in Intersections and Fractures, ed. Carolyn Alsen (Lanham: Lexington) and “Prayer and Pastoral Ministry,” in The T & T Clark Handbook on Christian Prayer, ed. Ashley Cocksworth (London: Bloomsbury), as well as those on Dorothy L. Sayers, Kenneth Leech and Ann Loades for Twentieth-century Anglican Theologians.


Stephen is open to enquires about postgraduate research in liturgical, feminist, postcolonial, modern Anglican and ecumenical theologies.


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