Professor Philip Sheldrake

Senior Research Fellow
Tel: 01223 272979

Philip is a Senior Research Fellow at Westcott House and contributes to teaching as required for Ministry for Life, drawing on his academic interests in Christian Spirituality. He annually organises and leads the pilgrimage to the Julian Shrine at Norwich Cathedral.

He is a Senior Research Associate at the Von Hugel Institute, St Edmund’s College and the Professor/Director for the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality, Oblate Graduate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. Philip is a member of the planning team for Building Bridges annual international Christian-Muslim dialogue meeting and serves on the editorial boards of two international journals: Spiritus: Journal of Christian Spirituality and Studies in Spirituality (University of Nijmegen).

Philip’s academic background is in Philosophy, History and Theology. Previously, he has taught at the University of London (1984-1992), was the Director of Pastoral Studies at Westcott House (1992-1997), Vice-Principal of Sarum College (1998-2003) and Honorary Professor University of Wales (1998-2013), Leech Professor at Durham University (2003-2008) and the Joseph Visiting Professor Boston College (2008-2009). Among his top accomplishments were giving the Hulsean Lectures, University of Cambridge (2000), being awarded DD by University of Oxford (2015) and made Distinguished Research Fellow, Georgetown University, DC (2018-2019).

Philip’s interests are Christian spirituality, church history (medieval & Reformation), urban theology and urban studies, and Liberation theology.

He is the author or editor of numerous books, book essays and journal articles. His current research and writing is on Civility: cultivating public virtues, practice of urban ministry, and Interreligious dialogue.

Selected Publications

Spirituality: A Brief History (Wiley Blackwell, 2013)

A Spiritual City: Theology, Spirituality & the Urban (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)

Spirituality: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Julian of Norwich, In God’s Sight: Her Theology in Context (Wiley Blackwell, 2019)

The Spiritual Way: Classic Traditions & Contemporary Practice (Liturgical Press, 2019)