Stephen Burns

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Stephen  Burns

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The Revd Assoc Prof Stephen Burns
BA, MA, PhD, University of Durham, MLitt, University of Cambridge 

Stewart Assoc. Prof. in Liturgical & Practical Theology, and Research Coordinator
Theological School
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Stephen Burns is Stewart Distinguished Lecturer in Liturgical and Practical Theology, Co-ordinator of Ministerial Formation, and also serves as Associate Dean. A British-Australian citizen, he studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, MA and PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt), trained for ministry at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, UK, and has taught theology in the UK, USA and Australia. He is a presbyter in the orders of the Church of England and has served parishes in full-time ministry in the diocese of Durham. 

His books include: 

  • ŸPastoral Theology for Public Ministry ( New York : Seabury, 2015)

  • ŸPublic Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (co-editor with Anita Monro; London: Routledge, 2014) 

  • ŸLiturgical Spirituality: Anglican Reflections on the Church’s Prayer (editor; New York: Seabury, 2013) 

  • ŸHome and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice (co-edited with Clive Pearson; Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2013) 

  • ŸWorship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2012) 

  • ŸPilgrim People: An Invitation to Worship in the Uniting Church (Adelaide: MediaCom, 2012) 

  • ŸThe Art of Tentmaking: Making Space for Worship (editor; Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012) 

  • ŸChristian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives (co-authored with Michael N. Jagessar; Sheffield: Equinox, 2011) 

  • ŸPresiding Like a Woman (co-edited with Nicola Slee; London: SPCK, 2010) 

  • ŸChristian Worship in Australia: Inculturating the Liturgical Tradition (co-edited with Anita Monro; Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2009) 

  • ŸThe Edge of God: New Liturgical Texts and Contexts in Conversation (co-edited with Nicola Slee and Michael N. Jagessar; Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2008) 

  • ŸExchanges of Grace: Essays in Honour of Ann Loades (co-edited with Natalie K. Watson; London: SCM Press, 2008) 

  • Worship in Context: Liturgical Theology, Children and the City (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2006) 

  • ŸLiturgy: SCM Studyguide (London: SCM Press, 2006) 

  • A collection Postcolonial Practice of Ministry (coedited with Kwok Pui lan) is forthcoming early in 2016. 

His recent essays include: 

  • “When Seminaries Get Stuck,” Claudio Carvalhaes, ed., Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives: Only One is Holy (New York: Palgrave, 2015) 

  • “Liturgy and Migration” (co-authored with HyeRan Kim-Cragg), Agnes Brazal, Joshua Ralston and Susanna Snyder, eds, Moving Body: Ecclesiology in an Age of Migration (New York: Palgrave, 2015) 

  • “A Prayer Book for the Twenty-first Century?” (co-authored with Bryan Cones), Anglican Theological Review 96 (2014) 

  • “A Fragile Future for the Ordo ?” Glaucia Vasconcelos-Wilkey, ed., Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014) 

  • “Formation for Ordained Ministry: Out of Touch?” Jione Havea, ed., Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology (New York: Palgrave, 2014) 

  • “Ministry,” William W. Emilsen, ed., An Informed Faith (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2014) 

  • “From Women Priests to Feminist Ecclesiology?” Fredrica Harris Thompsett, ed., Looking Forward, Looking Backward: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination (New York: Morehouse, 2014) 

  • “Liturgical Formation for Ordained Ministry,” Uniting Church Studies 19 (2013): 1-8 

  • “The Impact of Sacrosanctum Concilium on Protestant Traditions,” Carmel Pilcher, RSJ, David Orr, OSB, and Elizabeth Harrington, eds, Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2013) 

  •  “Yearning Without Saying a Word: Unembarrassed Presiding in Liturgy,” Worship 85 (2012) 

  •  “‘Limping Priests’ Ten Years Later: Formation for Ordained Ministry,” Uniting Church Studies 17 (2011) 

  •  “Worship, Formation and Small Seminary Communities,” Australian Journal of Liturgy 12 (2011) 

He is book reviews editor for the Australian Journal of Liturgy . 

Stephen worships at Holy Trinity, Hampton. He is married to Judith Atkinson and they have one son, Dominic.