A multi-disciplinary network interested in developing theological responses to ecological challenges and digital technologies
Revd Andrew Bevan worked in accountancy, the NHS, and a Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, before training for ordination in Oxford where he is now a Baptist minister. With responsibility for helping congregations live out their faith in the contemporary world, he is keen to develop his understanding, and a conceptual framework which is adequate for what seem to be the unprecedented challenges from technology, and ecological and environmental change.
Dr Tina Hearn is a Social Policy Lecturer at the University of Birmingham specialising in social theory, the Director of Widening Participation in the School of Social Policy and a member of the steering committee of the Centre for Contemporary Philosophy of Technology. She has a strong commitment to widening participation and spends time, both inside and outside of work life, working with young people in a variety of ways in schools and colleges across the West Midlands. Tina has also been involved in community politics, with a focus upon equalities, racialisation and policy making. Tina teaches social theory, social policy and policy analysis, within which she has a particular interest in the roles of faith in politics and policy making. Tina’s current research interests revolve around the emergence of ‘New Materialisms’ and exploring some of their various inferences and implications for the roles of faith and faith movements in politics and policy making. Follow Tina on Twitter @SocialPolicyUoB
Revd Margot R Hodson is Rector of Wychert Vale Benefice in Buckinghamshire and was previously Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford. She is Theology and Education Director for the John Ray Initiative and is their representative on the board of A Rocha UK. Margot has published several books including Cherishing the Earth (with Martin Hodson, 2008), Climate Change, Faith and Rural Communities (with Martin Hodson, 2010) Uncovering Isaiah’s Environmental Ethics (2011), The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism (with Martin Hodson, 2015), A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues (with Martin Hodson, 2015) and An Introduction to Environmental Ethics (with Martin Hodson, 2017).
Dr Martin J Hodson is Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative. He is a plant scientist and environmental biologist, and a former Principal Lecturer, and now Visiting Researcher at Oxford Brookes University. He is also Associate Member of the Institute of Human Sciences at the University of Oxford. Martin is Principal Tutor of Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES). The tour scientist for the Hope for Planet Earth tours, he writes and speaks widely on environmental issues. Martin has over 100 publications, mostly in international science journals. His recent books are Functional Biology of Plants (with John Bryant, 2012), The Ethics of Climatic Scepticism (with Margot Hodson, 2015), A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues (with Margot Hodson, 2015) and An Introduction to Environmental Ethics (with Margot Hodson, 2017).
Revd Dr Tim Howles is a minister in the Diocese of Oxford. His doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Oxford, considered the theme of political theology in relation to a number of continental theorists, including Bruno Latour, Michel Serres and Eric Voegelin. Tim has published articles in a number of academic journals, has taught and lectured in theology at the University of Oxford, and has helped to convene a major inter-disciplinary colloquium on theology and the environment. He is also an Associate Tutor at the course for Christian Rural and Environmental Studies. Tim is the proud father of two young children. You can follow him on Twitter here or on Academia here.
Dr Tim Middleton holds degrees in both theology and science, including a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. He has also taught Earth Sciences at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, as a stipendiary lecturer. He is currently a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford, where his research focusses on intersections between eco-theology, trauma studies, and strands of contemporary philosophy. Tim is an Associate of the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion, as well as a member of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment, the Society for the Study of Theology and Modern Church. He is also a regular speaker for God and the Big Bang, a national project which runs workshops for schools on science and religion. You can follow him on Academia here. Tim has been Communications Officer and Research Bids Co-ordinator at the William Temple Foundation since July 2018.
Dr Maria Power is a Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. Dr Power’s academic research focuses on the role that religions can play in ameliorating violence and ethnic conflict. Her research on conflict and peace seeks to understand how religious organisations should behave in conflict and post-conflict situations in order to have a positive impact. She has published widely on the topic, especially in relation to the conflict in Northern Ireland. Maria has expertise in intra- and inter-faith dialogue, the role of ethics in the work and business environment, and peace-building practices. She has published and lectured widely on these topics both nationally and internationally. She is currently a co-investigator on a British Academy grant ‘Beliefs, Values and Worldviews at Work – a quantitative survey’. Maria is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary’s University and in 2019, she will be a Holland Visiting Fellow at the University of Durham.
Revd Dr John Reader is a parish priest, theological educator and practical theologian with over 30 years experience in rural ministry. John has degrees from Oxford, Manchester and a Ph.D from the University of Wales, Bangor. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and a Senior Tutor in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. John is both interested and involved in current educational developments and the role of RE in community relations. John’s most recent publications are ‘A Philosophy of Christian Materialism: Entangled Fidelities and the Public Good’ (Ashgate, 2015) co-written with Chris Baker and Tom James, and Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan. Follow John on Twitter @DrJohnReader
Professor Maggi Saven-Baden was educated at The University of Brunel and The University of London, where she gained her MA and PhD (1996). In 2010 she completed an MSc in e-learning at The University of Edinburgh. Maggi has worked in both pre and post 1992 universities in the UK over the course of her career and is currently at The University of Worcester, UK. Over the last 20 years she has written several books on problem-based learning, qualitative research methods and in 2015 completed Rethinking learning in an age of digital fluency. Maggi has a strong publication record of over 50 research publications and a total of 17 books, the latest in 2019 being Virtual Humans with David Burden, published by Taylor and Francis. She has gained external funding to research and evaluate staff and student experience of learning for over 20 years and her recent funded research is into the development of chatbots and virtual persona. In 2015 Maggi became a member of the Church of England Networked Learning Committee and in 2016 she was licensed as a Reader. In her spare time she bakes, runs, rock climbs, snowboards and attempts triathlons.
Matt Stemp is a practical theologian researching Christian environmentalism and theological responses to climate change. He was initially trained as a mathematician, before changing tracks to research the ecclesiology of the emerging church. He has a longstanding interest in emerging theological movements, particularly Radical Theology and its engagement with continental philosophy. For the last three years Matt has worked for the Church of England developing Fresh Expressions in Colchester, Essex. He is also involved in local Green politics and a Christian environmental organisation called Green Christian.