Stephen Burns is Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology and the Study of Anglicanism. He studied theology at the universities of Durham (BA, MA and PhD) and Cambridge (MLitt) and has since taught theology at Cranmer Hall and the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham University, UK, The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK, and United Theological College, Charles Sturt University, Sydney, 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.
Dr. Burns’ research and writing focuses on liturgical renewal and the intersections of liturgical and contemporary practical theologies. He is especially interested in feminist and postcolonial ecclesiology, and how these may shape the practice of ministry.
• Liturgy (SCM Studyguide) (SCM Press, 2006)
• Worship in Context (Epworth Press, 2006)
• Exchanges of Grace (coeditor with Natalie K. Watson, SCM Press, 2008)
• The Edge of God (coeditor with Nicola Slee and Michael N. Jagessar, Epworth Press, 2008)
• Christian Worship in Australia (coeditor with Anita Monro, St Pauls, 2009)
• Presiding Like a Woman (coeditor with Nicola Slee, SPCK, 2010)
• Christian Worship: Postcolonial Perspectives (coauthor with Michael N. Jagessar, Equinox, 2011)
• The Art of Tentmaking (editor, Norwich, Canterbury Press, 2011)
• Pilgrim People (MediaCom, 2012)
• Worship and Ministry: Shaped Towards God (Mosaic Press, 2012)
• Home and Away: Contextual Theology and Local Practice (coeditor with Clive Pearson, Pickwick, 2013)
• Liturgical Spirituality (editor, Seabury, 2013) and
• Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (coeditor with Anita Monro, Equinox, 2013).
His recent and forthcoming essays include
• “Worship, Formation, and Small Seminary Communities,” Australian Journal of Liturgy (2011)
• “‘Limping Priests’ Ten Years Later: Formation for Ordained Ministry,” Uniting Church Studies (2011)
• “Yearning Without Saying a Word: Unembarrassed Presiding in Liturgy,” Worship (2012)
• “The Impact of Sacrosanctum Concilium on Protestant Traditions,” Carmel Pilcher, rsj, David Orr, osb and Elizabeth Harrington, eds, Vatican Council II: Reforming Liturgy (ATF Press, 2013)
• “A Fragile Future for the Ordo?” Glaucia Vasconcelos-Wilkey, ed., Liturgy and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? The Ongoing Life of the Lutheran World Federation Documents on Worship and Culture (Eerdmans, 2014)
• “From Evelyn Underhill to Sarah Coakley: Women Teaching Theology in UK Contexts,” Janice Rees and Benjamin Myers, eds, Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology (Fortress Press, 2014)
• “From Women’s Ordination to Feminist Ecclesiology?” Fredrica Harris Thompsett, ed., Looking Forwards, Looking Backwards: Forty Years of Women’s Ordination (Church Publishing, 2014)
• “When Seminaries Get Stuck,” Claudio Carvalhaes, ed., Only One is Holy: Liturgy and Postcolonialism (Palgrave, 2014)
• “Out of Touch? Formation for Ordained Ministry,” Jione Havea, ed., Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology (Palgrave, 2014) and
• “Ministry,” William W. Emilsen, ed., The Uniting Church in the New Millennium (Mosaic Press, 2014).
He is book reviews editor for the Australian Journal of Liturgy.
Stephen is currently writing a book on pastoral theology, Pastoral Presence for Public Spaces, as well as on liturgical revision in the Episcopal Church, on liturgy and migration, and on formation for ordained ministry.
Stephen worships at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Porter Square, Cambridge, and at The Crossing, an emergent community that meets in Boston’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. He is married to Judith Atkinson and they have one son, Dominic.