In an innovative collaboration, Ben has agreed to engage with St Barnabas as our Consultant Theologian. Based in Leeds, he will be joining us for online conversations designed to help us discern and grow a theology for our distinctive context, an active Southfields Theology.
Our first meeting with Ben is already on the calendar: on Wednesday, 22 September, 7.30-8.30pm he will invite us to imagine a meeting of minds between St Augustine and George Orwell on the theme of the meaning of our baptism (details TBC).
Ben comes to us with an impressive CV: BA, MA, and PhD in Theology and Religious Studies, all from Leeds University. He has lectured at Manchester, Chester, and Leeds Trinity Universities, covering everything from patristics to eco-theology. His publications are equally wide-ranging, offering insights on topics as diverse as the thought of Michel de Montaigne and the ethics of assisted dying.
Most recently, however, Ben has been thinking outside the academic box. Through social media, blogging, and online teaching at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, he has been taking theology to the wider public and bringing the wider public into dialogue with theology. His work with us will be part of this practical initiative to make collaborative theologizing a vital part of everyday civil society and political debate.