My research focuses on liturgy, ritual, narrative, suffering and reconciliation. Working in the area of Practical Theology I am interested in the empirical and theological reality of religious practices. Much of my work is focused on pastoral needs, especially the needs of marginalised people who are stigmatised and whose voices are not heard. A related interest is in autism. I am currently working on sacramentology and sacraments, and on the issue of taboo and stigma in public worship, especially in intercessory prayer.
I welcome PhD students who wish to work in any of the above mentioned areas and in the broader field of Practical Theology.
I regularly teach, contribute to, and/or coordinate the following courses:
What Does It Mean to be Human? (DR1045)
Sacred Rites and Worship (DR1071)
Religion at Ground Zero (DR1540)
Spirituality, Health and Healing (DR302R, DR402R, ME33DR)
Preaching to change the world: Exploring the Theology and Practice of Christian Witness (DR503R)
Christian Practices (DR553M)
I am guest lecturer at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven (Belgium), where I teach Advanced Liturgy in the MA programme.