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I am a Roman Catholic, lay woman theologian, committed to teaching and research in the areas of ecclesioogy, sacramental theology and practical theology, and with a particular concern for working theologically in ways that contribute to ministerial formation and church life and mission. Having completed my doctorate under the supervision of Professor Stephen Sykes, in 1990, I juggled pastoral and theological work with raising our four children. During this time I was lucky enough to work pastorally as a lay assistant in parish and student chaplaincy ministries, and to develop teaching and research at Margaret Beaufort Institue of Theology, in the Cambridge Theological Federation, (Vice Pricnipal and Director of Studies) and at Allen Hall, the Westminster Catholic seminary. A major part of recent work has been with the Heythrop Institue (http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/organisation/research/heythrop-institute-religion-society) where I have worked with James Sweeney, Helen Cameron and Cath Duce in the development of Theological Action Research (the ARCS project), and, most recently, on the Visions for Educational Leadership project.
MA Cambridge University (1985)
PhD Cambridge University (1990)
The ARCS project - a six year project, working with 15 church based organisations, using theological action research as a methodology for theological reflection on and for practice
Theological action research capacity building - mentoring, with the ARCS team, five organisations developing their own theological action research projects.
Visions for Educational Leadership - a national (England and Wales) project, working with seven Catholic dioceses, and schools leaders (around 50) from those dioceses.
Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain
European Catholic Theological Society
British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (http://www.biapt.org.uk) - currently serving as Chair
Society for the Study of Theology
Ecclesiology and Ethnography group (http://ecclesiologyandethnography.wordpress.com/)
I have worked with a wide range of church providers of adult formation, as well as with agencies of the Catholic Bishops; Conferences of England and Wales. In particular, the areas of mission and evangelisation, and ecumenism, as well as education and formation, have been central. Recent work with the Marriage and Family Life Agency of the Bishops' Conference, and with the charity Marriage Care, is developing theological consultancy work around the questions of marriage and family life in our contemporary context.
CAFOD theological action research project, acting as consultant to Susy Brouard.
In Ecumenism: Member of the British Methodist Roman Catholic Committee; and the British URC-Catholic Committee. Member of the Methodist Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission; Member of the WCC-Pontifical Council for Christian Unity Working Group on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Trustee: Practical Theology Journal; and Marriage Care.