The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns Accepts Associate Dean Position at Trinity College Theological School, University of Melbourne

September 9, 2014, Cambridge, MA -- The Rev. Dr. Stephen Burns, associate professor of liturgical theology and the study of Anglicanism at EDS, has accepted a position as associate dean and director of ministerial formation at Trinity College Theological School in Melbourne, Australia, where he will also serve as professor of liturgical and pastoral theology. Burns, who has been a member of the EDS faculty for two years, will continue to teach through the fall session, which concludes in December.

“Working with such distinguished faculty colleagues and such vibrant students at EDS has been an extraordinary experience,” said Burns. “Whilst I am excited by this wonderful opportunity to return to Australia, I will miss the professional and personal bonds that I have formed during my time in Cambridge.”

Burns also serves as adjunct associate professor in the Strategic Research Centre on Public and Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra, Australia. 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.

“EDS has been so fortunate over the last two years to have so distinguished a liturgical scholar as Stephen Burns as a member of its faculty,” said The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, president and dean. “We wish him the best in his new position at Trinity Theological College.”

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. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and many articles; he is currently writing a book on pastoral theology, as well as on liturgical revision in the Episcopal Church, and on formation for ordained ministry.

EDS will continue to offer courses across all canonical areas the spring term as planned, including several courses in liturgics and in historical and systematic theology which have already been scheduled. Students wishing to undertake coursework in those subject areas should refer to the online course catalogue on the EDS website for more information.