Dr Elaine Storkey

 Dr Elaine Storkey is a philosopher, sociologist, and theologian, who has held university posts at Kings College, London, Stirling, Oxford, Calvin College USA, and the Open University.

A broadcaster and writer, she has been involved with the BBC for 30 years. Her writing includes eight books and hundreds of journal articles. Elaine is a Fellow of Aberystwyth University, Senior Member of Newnham College, Cambridge and former Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity; she has also lectured in Africa, Asia and Haiti. Her presidency of Tearfund, in aid and development spanned 17 years and influenced her book, Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women, published in 2015 (the second edition was published by IVP USA in 2018). She served on the General Synod of the Church of England for 28 years and has acted as Archbishop’s adviser, delegate to the World Council of Churches, and on many Boards and Commissions. She was born in Ossett West Yorkshire

Revd Dr Malcolm Guite

Poet-Priest Malcolm Guite is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism and has worked as a librettist. His books include: Love, Remember (November 2017); Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017, paperback edition February 2018); Parable and Paradox (2016); The Singing Bowl (2013); Sounding the Seasons (2012); Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). Malcolm has edited two poetry anthologies for Lent and Advent: The Word in the Wilderness (2014) and Waiting on the Word (2015). Malcolm writes Poet’s Corner, a weekly column in the Church Times, and an anthology of his column’s writings, In Every Corner Sing, was published in November 2019.

Malcolm has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life. 

Malcolm enjoys sailing, walking, old books, live music, riding his Harley Davidson motorbike and all the varieties of the British countryside and weather. Malcolm is also part of the rock band Mystery Train, regularly performing gigs at Grantchester, Cambridge and other places around Cambridgeshire.

Rt Revd James Jones KBE

When in 2009 the Home Secretary appointed James Jones to chair the Hillsborough Independent Panel to examine the documentation concerning the death of 96 Liverpool football fans at the 1989 FA Cup Final, he brought a huge amount of experience and insight to this immense task. As Suffragan Bishop of Hull (1994-1998) and Bishop of Liverpool (1998-2013), James was involved in the regeneration of cities and the bringing together of communities. As Bishop to Prisons (2006-13), he spoke in the House of Lords on criminal and restorative justice issues in addition to the environment and urban regeneration. Bishop James, who now lives near Malton, continues to be a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.

 

Rev’d Prof Jeremy Duff

Professor Jeremy Duff is the Principal of St Padarn’s Institute, responsible for discipleship, ministry training and ongoing development in the Church in Wales. Over the last twenty years he has combined a teaching ministry including major universities in the UK, as well as within the church, with church leadership, most recently in a deprived urban community near Liverpool. His passion is for connecting the bible with contemporary life. His most recent book Peter’s Preaching (BRF, 2015) is an accessible but thought-provoking look at Mark’s Gospel.

Jeremy Duff has featured as a lecturer on several of the facilitated DVD ‘Bibletrack Seminars’ offered by Harrogate School of Theology and Mission over the last few years.