Dr James Steven, BA, MA, PhD

Formation Tutor

 

A bit about me


I first arrived at Trinity College twenty years ago as a Tutor in Liturgy and Doctrine, following over ten years in parish ministry and chaplaincy in an FE college. That marked the start of my journey as a theological educator that has subsequently taken me from Trinity College to Kings College London (2008-11) and then Sarum College in Salisbury (2011-20). I am pleased now to return to Trinity College to work as a tutor with Trinity’s dispersed learners. Bristol has been my family’s home for the last twenty years. I am married to Rachel, a secondary school teacher, and our three children have started careers in education, medicine, and the church. When I am not at Trinity I am either caring for my elderly mother-in-law at home, volunteering at Lawrence Weston Community Farm, listening to music, or walking in the countryside. I am a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and a Canon Theologian at Gloucester Cathedral.  

 

Research interests


My academic work is embedded in a longstanding interest in the way that the study of Christian worship contributes to the broader discipline of practical theology. Over the past few years I have become increasingly interested in the Taizé Community in France, especially the way the community’s way of life stimulates important questions about how the church is to bear witness attractively to the gospel in a secular age. The writings of the founder of the Community, Brother Roger, have prompted me to think deeply about the nature of Christian prayer, sustaining one’s vocation, and the value of friendship in Christian ministry.

 

Some highlights of my recent work…


Books

Steven, J., Lucas, A. and Ruffer, T., Where Shall Wisdom be Found?: A Festival Service in search of God’s wisdom (Salisbury: RSCM, 2018).

Steven, James, Ambrose of Milan on Baptism: A Study of De Sacramentis and De Mysteriis, Joint Liturgical Studies, 83 (Norwich: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2017).

Steven, James, (ed.), Wrestling with a Godly Order: Encounters with the 1662 Book of Common Prayer (Salisbury: Sarum College, 2015). 

Articles and Chapters

‘Believing’ and ‘Filled with the Spirit’, chapters in Reimagining Worship: Renewing Worship in a Changing Church, De Lange, A., Lloyd, T., Stratford, T., and Tarrant, I. (eds.), Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2017.

Steven, James, ‘Anabaptist Daily Prayer: A Liturgical Innovation and Synthesis’, Anaphora 9.1 (2015), 63-82.

Lectures

‘Brother Roger as Liturgical Leader’ Societas Liturgica, Durham, August 2019

‘Taizé: A Case Study in Practical Theology’, Durham University, January 2018

‘Silence and Prayer at Taizé’, Society for Liturgical Study, Mirfield, August 2018

‘The Wisdom and Worship of Taizé’, Praxis South West, Cullompton, November 2017

‘Taizé Common Prayer as Liminal Space’, Societas Liturgica, Leuven, August 2017  

 

How to get in touch with me


Email me on james.steven@trinitycollegebristol.ac.uk.

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