Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
Alison Murdoch is a Tibetan Buddhist writer who lives in Somerset. She is the former director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London and co-author of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme and app.
Pádraig Ó Tuama
Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and a theologian.
Since 2014 he has led the Corrymeela Community, Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation centre.
Rev Dr Lesley Carroll
Rev. Dr. Lesley Carroll was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1988 and for over 25 years worked as a minister in three congregations in North Belfast where her passion for social justice was strengthened by the people she met. She was a member of the Consultative Group on Dealing with the Past and at present is Deputy Chief Commissioner at the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland and the Voice of the Victim Manager at Victim Support NI.
Canon Simon Doogan
Originally from Portadown, Canon Simon Doogan was ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1997. He served a curacy in Belfast before working for a time as Chaplain to the Bishop of Horsham in the Diocese of Chichester and then returned to Ireland as Rector of Agahalee in Co. Down. In he moved to St Columbanus’ Church, Ballyholme in Bangor and is a member of the Chapter of the National Cathedral of St Patrick in Dublin.
Canon Noel Battye
Rev Dr Bert Tosh
Rev Dr Bert Tosh is an Irish Presbyterian minister who served in congregations in Belfast, Donegal and Londonderry before joining the BBC in Northern Ireland as a Religious Broadcasting Producer in 1984. He retired three years ago but continues to do some freelance production and broadcasting
Sister Gemma Simmonds, CJ
Gemma Simmonds is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus. After a career in secondary teaching she worked as chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London. After her return from study and missionary work among women and street children in Brazil in 1992 she was a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison until its closure in June 2016.
Gemma is director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop and president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. She is currently writing a book on Pope Francis’ ‘Revolution of Tenderness’.
Rev. Dr. Craig Gardiner
Craig Gardiner is originally from Northern Ireland but was ordained in Wales as a Baptist minister in 2003. He is a tutor at South Wales Baptist College, and an Honorary Lecturer in Theology at Cardiff University where he teaches Christian Doctrine, Worship and has a particular interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is a member of the Iona Community.
His Grace Bishop Angaelos
The Very Reverend John Chalmers
The Very Rev John Chalmers is Principal Clerk to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly; in 2014–2015 he served as Moderator. He was a Minister in West Dunbartonshire, and from 1986 to 1995 in the West End of Edinburgh. Before taking up the position of Principal Clerk in 2011 John served as Depute Secretary to the Board of Ministry and as the Church’s Senior Pastoral Adviser.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley
Rania Hafez is Senior Lecturer in Education & Community Studies at the University of Greenwich and Fellow of the Muslim Institute. Rania has researched and published on professionalism, cultural identity, and Islam and education. Her current research is on the intersectionality of British Muslim Identity. In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’ a professional network for educationalists and researchers. In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and the Islam Channel.
Latest publication ‘Faith in the Academy’ in Hudson, C. & Williams, J. (eds) (forthcoming) Why Academic Freedom Matters, Civitas
The Reverend Dr Kirsty Thorpe
Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO of emel media.. A powerful and popular public speaker, she has lectured on Islam globally for over 20 years. arah was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for her services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women’s rights. She is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre.
Sarah’s Facebook page, which has a large global following, declares her passion “to get people to recognise their shared humanity, and our common responsibility to this Earth.”
The Reverend Clair Jaquiss
Clair Jaquiss worked for the BBC in radio from 1984. She has produced programmes across BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and regularly presents the Daily Service and Prayer for the Day.
She was ordained deacon in Chester Diocese in July 2008 and has a degree in Theology from Cambridge. She serves as assistant priest in the parish of All Saints with Ringway.
Fr Eugene O'Neill
Fr Eugene O’Neill was educated at St Andrews, Queens University Belfast and St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
Ordained in 1997 he has served in parishes in Ballymena, Belfast, Newtownabbey and Killyleagh, Co. Down.
Since 2016, he has been Administrator in St Patrick's Church, Donegall Street, Belfast.
Canon Patrick Thomas
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra serves as a scholar and imam in Leicester. He is a member of the World faiths Advisory Group at the University of Leicester and is the Muslim chaplain to Canary Wharf in London. He was elected to The Muslim Council of Britain in 2002.
Shaykh Mogra has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Dar al-`Ulum, Holcombe, U.K. as well as advanced theological qualifications from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
As a local community activist in Leicester and a national leader in the MCB, Shaykh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening inter faith and community relations in the UK and around the world. He has been an advisor on Islamic affairs to a range of UK government departments, ministries and agencies. And has also advised the Dutch and Australian governments on the training of imams and Muslim faith leaders.
The Rev Dr Alison Jack
Alison Jack is a senior lecturer in Bible and Literature at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh.
Her research interests are focused on the Bible in Scottish literature, and on the parable of the Prodigal Son in literary texts.
Alison has worked in parish ministry in Edinburgh, Stirling and the Carse of Gowrie and she is keen to promote the training of ministers and lay people, especially in the leading of worship.
The Rev Kate Bottley
In March 2016 Kate presented BBC One’s flagship Easter documentary ‘In the Footsteps of Judas’. She is also a frequent contributor to the ‘Pause for Thought’ feature on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show and BBC One’s Songs of Praise and has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.
Canon Jenny Wigley
The Rev Tim Hughes
Gopinder Kaur Sagoo
Claire Campbell Smith
Bishop Libby Lane
In the Diocese of Chester Bishop Libby currently serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, and as Chair of the Foxhill Retreat Centre. Bishop Libby is Vice-Chair of The Children’s Society and the Chair of Cranmer Hall Committee of St John’s College Durham, as well as serving the national Church on various committees.
Stephen Cherry is Dean of Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge; he is also a Fellow and the Director of Studies in Theology, Religion and The Philosophy of Religion. He was previously Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Durham and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and before that Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.
Stephen is the author of eight books of which Barefoot Disciple was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2011, Healing Agony: Reimagining Forgiveness was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize and the most recently published is The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin (Bloomsbury 2016). Stephen’s next book is coming out in January, and is called God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) .
Rev Dr Karen Smith
Terry Waite CBE
For most of his life Terry Waite has worked in the area of international affairs and had worked in most of the worlds conflict zones. As a young man whilst living in Uganda he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freeing of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut. It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. In the apartheid years he worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu and has continued his work for the disadvantaged in South Africa. He was a joint founder of Y-Care, an agency working for the development of young people throughout the world. He is Lifelong Patron of Emmaus for the homeless and a joint founder of Hostage UK shortly to become Hostage International. He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity to his latest book, a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake. He believes that it is vital that we retain our humour in the face of some of the grim realities of life and that laughter is therapeutic for all of us. He is both an Anglican and a Member of the Society of Friends.
Photograph credit: Gemma Levine
Rev Mary Stallard
Mary Stallard is a priest in the Church in Wales and currently works with young people. Mary is co-director of The St Giles' Centre for Religious Education and Faith Development in Wrexham. She also enjoys being Anglican Chaplain at St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High School, the first shared faith high school in Wales.
Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She is also an author and her debut novel is called 'Towards Mellbreak.'
Canon Dr Sarah Rowland Jones
Rev David Bruce
Rev David Bruce is a Presbyterian Minister who studied theology in Aberdeen before being ordained in 1984. After serving as a minister in Dublin, he worked with Scripture Union for 15 years, based in Belfast but travelling widely in the former Soviet states. Since 2007 he has been Secretary to the Council for Mission in Ireland of the Presbyterian Church. In his spare time he skippers a traditional boat with red sails.
Revd Prebendary Edward Mason
Edward began his professional career as musician and teacher followed by working for the Church of Uganda with the Church Mission Society as Education Adviser to Soroti Diocese. Following ordination in 1991, Edward has served in inner-city, multi-cultural, and suburban contexts before taking up his current post as Rector of Bath Abbey. He is also Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen.
The Revd Roger Hutchings
In 1973 he joined the Catholic Institute for International Relations in London. For nine years he campaigned on human rights and development issues linked to Latin America. Inter alia, he worked with Archbishop Oscar Romero and organised his Nobel Prize nomination - and attended his funeral on behalf of the Catholic bishops of England and Wales.
In 1982 Julian joined the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) and served as its CEO for 21 years. During that time he served for five years as a member of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’ – the Vatican department with responsibility for international relief and development. He was honoured in Britain with the OBE and CMG awards for services to international development.
During a sabbatical year studying the papers and archives of Archbishop Romero, he received an honorary doctorate in human rights from the UCA, the Jesuit University in El Salvador. In 2006 he received an honorary doctorate in law from Roehampton University.
Julian is a founder trustee and Chair of the UK-based Archbishop Romero Trust, a Director of the Tablet magazine, and a trustee of the Carmelite Friars, Aylesford.
Canon Edwin Counsell
The Rev'd Andrew Martlew
Fr Andrew was born in the middle of the last century and North Nottinghamshire. After a short career as a research chemist he trained for the Priesthood and was ordained in Blackburn in 1977. He served as Vicar of Melaka, Malaysia and then of Golcar, Huddersfield. He was the Schools Officer for Wakefield Diocese and Director of Education for York Diocese.
He became a Territorial Army Chaplain in 1987 and, after a six month operational tour of duty in Bosnia, he became a full time Chaplain in 2002. He served three operational tours in Iraq before retiring in 2010.
He is now the Vicar of Womersley in Leeds Diocese and an Honorary Chaplain of York Minster.
Dr David Moffitt
Dr David Moffitt is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of St Andrews having previously taught New Testament at Duke Divinity School and Campbell University Divinity School in the USA. Dr Moffitt’s research interests orbit around the various ways the earliest Christians understood Jesus and their own identities in relation to Jewish scripture, practices, and beliefs. His work is especially focused on the Epistle to the Hebrews.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The Venerable Karen Lund
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She began life with her siblings in West London.
She is one of the first cohort of women in the Church of England to be ordained, following the decision at Synod in 1994
Karen has served as a parish priest in three other dioceses, in London, Rochester and Chelmsford Dioceses and worked as a prison chaplain in her early ministry.
Her interests include walking, felting, and her dogs. She has been a vegan for over 30 years.
Bishop Jo Bailey Wells
The Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells is the Bishop of Dorking. This takes her around 163 parishes and 85 schools across most of Surrey and some of Hampshire. She has worked in varied contexts from North Carolina to South Sudan – usually teaching and mentoring young people for leadership. As chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, she helped found the Community of St Anselm, a ‘monastic’ year of study, service and prayer at Lambeth Palace for young people aged 20-35.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />