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:
- Liturgy With a Difference: Beyond Inclusion in the Liturgical Assembly (coedited with Bryan Cones; London: SCM Press, 2019)
- Liturgy (SCM Studyguide) (London: SCM Press, second edition, 2018)
- Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement (coedited with Kwok Pui-lan; Lanham: Lexington, 2016)
- Pastoral Theology for Public Ministry (New York: Seabury, 2015)
- Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (coedited with Anita Monro; London: Routledge, 2015)
- Liturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer (editor; New York: Seabury, 2013)
- Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice (coedited with Clive Pearson; Eugene: Pickwick, 2013)
- Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne: Mosaic, 2012)
- Pilgrim People: An Invitation to Worship in the Uniting Church (Adelaide: MediaCom, 2012)
- The Art of Tentmaking: Making Space for Worship (editor; Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012)
- Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives (coauthored with Michael N. Jagessar; Sheffield: Equinox, 2011 [London: Routledge, 2014])
- Presiding Like a Woman (coedited with Nicola Slee; London: SPCK, 2010)
- Christian Worship in Australia (coedited with Anita Monro; Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2009)
- The Edge of God: New Liturgical Texts and Contexts in Conversation (coedited with Nicola Slee and Michael N. Jagessar; Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2008)
- Exchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (London: SCM Press, 2008)
- Worship in Context (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006)
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:
- “Liturgy After the Abuse” in Theology in the Age of Empire: Resistance and Vulnerability, ed. Jione Havea (Lanham: Lexington, 2019)
- “Ordination Services, After the Abuse,” in Postcolonial Liturgy, a special edition of the journal Liturgy 34 (2019) which he guest edited
- “Acts of Uniformity,” in Liturgy with a Difference (London: SCM Press, 2019)
- “No Participation, No Liturgy,” in Fully Conscious, Fully Active (Chicago: LTP, 2019)
- “Faithfulness or Betrayal? Tradition in ‘Geriatric Assemblies,” in Horizons of Contextuality, ed. Jione Havea (Lanham: Lexington, 2019)
- “A Prayer Book for Australia: That Was Then, This is Now,” in Australian Journal of Liturgy 16, (2018)
- “Pastoral Ministry Today,” in A Pastoral Handbook for Anglicans, ed. Brad Billings (Alexandria: Broughton Books, 2018)
- “‘Learning Again and Again to Pray’: Forms of Anglican Daily Prayer, 1979-2014,” in Journal of Anglican Studies 15 (2017)
- “From Evelyn Underhill to Sarah Coakley: Women Teaching Theology in UK Contexts,” in Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, ed. Janice McRandal (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016)
- “Inspecting the House of Public Theology” (co-authored with Anita Monro), in Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism, eds. Anita Monro and Stephen Burns (London: Routledge, 2015)
- “Migrants in Liturgy, Liturgy in Migration” (co-authored with HyeRan Kim-Cragg) in Church in an Age of Global Migration: A Moving Body, eds. Agnes Brazal, Joshua Ralston and Susanna Snyder (New York: Palgrave, 2015)
- “When Seminaries Get Stuck,” in Postcolonial Perspectives on Liturgy: Only One is Holy, ed. Claudio Carvalhaes (London: Routledge, 2015)
- “A Prayer Book for the Twenty-first Century?” (co-authored with Bryan Cones), in Anglican Theological Review 96 (2014)
- “From Women Priests to Feminist Ecclesiology?” in Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination, Fredrica Harris Thompsett (New York: Morehouse, 2014)
- “A Fragile Future for the Ordo?” in Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? Glaucia Vasconcelos-Wilkey (Grand Rapids: Eerdmands, 2014)
- “Ministry,” in An Informed Faith: The Uniting Church at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century, ed. William W. Emilsen (Melbourne: Morning Star, 2014)
- “Formation for Ordained Ministry: Out of Touch?” in Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology: Crosscultural Engagement, ed. Jione Havea (New York: Palgrave, 2013)
- “Liturgical Formation for Ordained Ministry,” in Uniting Church Studies (2013)
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.
Stephen is one of the bloggers at www.exploringliturgy.org