Death and Life was dreamed of and devised by Joanna Collicutt and Victoria Slater.
Joanna is Adviser for Spiritual Carer for Older People (SCOP) for the Anglican diocese of Oxford. She combines this post with a lectureship at Ripon College Cuddesdon (a centre training people for ministry in the Church of England). She is also an associate priest in an Oxfordshire parish.
Her long-standing passion is the interface between psychology and Christian faith. She has been head of Psychological Services at the Nuffield Orthopaedic NHS Trust in Oxford and director of the MA programme in Psychology of Religion at Heythrop College, University of London.
In addition to many research papers and several book chapters, Joanna has written or co-written ten books. These include Ethical practice in brain injury rehabilitation (OUP, 2007)and Thinking of you: A resource for the spiritual care of people with dementia (BRF, 2017).
Victoria is a writer and practical theologian whose work includes research, consultancy, education and professional development. She was a healthcare chaplain for 25 years, specialising in end of life care.
The focus of all Victoria’s work is a concern for human flourishing. She has a particular interest in contemplative spirituality, spiritual care and health, and chaplaincy development.
Her writing includes Chaplaincy Ministry and the Mission of the Church (SCM, 2015) and Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing (SCM, 2012) with Helen Cameron, John Reader and Christopher Rowland. She is currently co-writing a book with Joanna Collicutt, Lucy Moore and Martyn Payne called Seriously Messy: Making space for families to talk about death and life together (BRF forthcoming).
The vision was shared by
Jeremy is the author of Heaven’s Morning Breaks (Kevin Mayhew, 2013), which looks at funeral ministry in the church. He’s team rector of the Anglican churches in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
Rob is the rector of Radley, Sunningwell, and Kennington – a three parish benefice just outside Oxford.
Julie is a priest at St Paul’s, Wokingham. She’s especially interested in engaging people in the big questions of life and death through poetry, music and art.
Alison is the deputy director of mission (social responsibility) in the Diocese of Oxford and author of books on wellbeing, identity and sexuality.