Revd Julie Lunn BEd, MA (Cantab), MA, PhD (Durham)
Lecturer in Practical and Social Theology
I am committed to life-long learning and passionate about encouraging growth in mind and soul, to enable us to become the full human beings God desires.
I hold a BEd in Religious Studies and Education and an MA in both Theological and Religious Studies and Theology and Ministry. I completed my PhD with Durham University using Charles Wesley’s poetic texts in particular to examine Charles’ use of ‘resignation’ in his understanding of the sanctification of the Christian believer.
I teach in the areas of Practical Theology, Christian Spirituality, and Theology and Art. As my research suggests, I am also interested in Wesley studies. My current research area is to develop the Christian spirituality themes which emerged from my PhD thesis and to find ways in which they can inform Christian spirituality today. When I have time I also write icons and my MA research focused on structure and technique in the writing of icons and in Charles Wesley’s hymns..
I am a Methodist minister and have over 20 years’ experience of pastoral ministry, including chaplaincy in University and hospital settings. I was previously a tutor and lecturer at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham.
My husband, Andrew, is also in Methodist ministry and is currently the Chair of the Manchester and Stockport District of the Methodist Church. We have two grown-up daughters, Nikki and Kirsty, and a grandson, Elijah.
‘Paying Attention: The Task of Attending in Spiritual Direction and Practical Theology’ Practical Theology Vol 2.2 2009 219-22
‘The Concept of Sanctification in John and Charles Wesley’, The Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society, Vol 14 (2010), 41-59
‘What is Truth? Charles Wesley’s Poetic Texts as Bearers of Theological and Spiritual Truth,’ Proceedings of The Charles Wesley Society, Vol 19 (2015): 29-42
Christianity and Art, ‘Be Still’, reviewing the Manchester Passion Art Trail 2016
Sanctification and Resignation in the Hymns of Charles Wesley. London and New York: Routledge, 2019.