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Stephen Pattison

Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Practice, University of Birmingham

Stephen Pattison, born 14 September 1953, is professor of Religion, Ethics and Practice at the University of Birmingham, a position he has held since May 2007. Formerly head of the School of Religious and Theological Studies at the University of Cardiff Professor Pattison received his BA degree in theology and religious studies in 1976 from the University of Cambridge.

In 1978 he received the diploma in pastoral studies with distinction from the University of Edinburgh; in 1982 he received the PhD degree in practical theology from the same university. In addition, Dr Pattison holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (MA 1986) and the University of Edinburgh (DLitt in practical theology 2001). He received the MSocSc in public sector management from the University of Birmingham.

Professor Pattison has held the following positions: curate All Saints’ Church, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne (1978–1979); honorary assistant chaplain, St Nicholas (psychiatric) Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne (1978–1982); chaplain librarian and director of pastoral studies, Edinburgh Theological College (1982–1983); honorary fellow, Department of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh (1982–1983); temporary lecturer in pastoral studies, University of Birmingham (1983–1988); part-time chaplain, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham (1984–1988); chief officer, Central Birmingham Community Health Council (1988–1990); recognized lecturer in theology, University of Birmingham (1988–1998); temporary lecturer in health and social welfare (1990–1994) and senior lecturer in health and social welfare, The Open University (1994–1998); Distinguished Senior Research Fellow in Practical Theology, University of Cardiff (1998–2000); titular professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Cardiff (2000–2007); visiting senior research fellow, Jesus College, Oxford (2004–2005); visiting research associate, Centre for Visual Studies Oxford (2004–2005).

Among Dr Pattison’s awards are: Institute of Religion and Medicine Essay Prize (1978); Major State Studentship (1979–1982); elected to International Academy of Practical Theology (1992); and his Gifford lectureship at the University of Aberdeen (2007).

Published in 2007 is Seeing Things: Deepening Relations with Visual Artifact based on his Gifford Lectures. Dr Pattison’s most significant publications are Pastoral Care and Liberation Theology (1994) and Shame: Theory, Therapy, Theology (2000). Other publications by Dr Pattison include: The Challenge of Practical Theology: Selected Essays (2007); Using the Bible in Christian Ministry: A Workbook, with M. Cooling and T. Cooling (2007); and Values in Professional Practice: Lessons for Health Social Care and Other Professionals, edited with R. Pill (2004).

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