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Canon Theologian

Canon Theologian

Professor Elaine Graham BSc, MA, PhD, FRSA

Installed as Canon Theologian of Chester Cathedral in March 2014, Elaine Graham is also Grosvenor Research Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Chester, a position she has held since 2009.

She was educated at the Universities of Bristol and Manchester.

Previously, Elaine worked as a regional secretary for the Student Christian Movement, as a lay ecumenical chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University, and at the University of Manchester.

She is the author of several major books:

  • Making the Difference: Gender, Personhood and Theology (Mowbray, 1995);
  • Transforming Practice: Pastoral Theology in an Age of Uncertainty (1996, 2nd edition Wipf & Stock, 1992);
  • Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture (Manchester University Press, 2002);
  • Words Made Flesh: Writings in Pastoral and Practical Theology (SCM, 2009);
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Public Theology in a Post-Secular Age (SCM, 2013);
  • (with Heather Walton and Frances Ward), Theological Reflection: Methods (SCM, 2005);
  • (with Stephen Lowe), What Makes a Good City? Public Theology and the Urban Church (DLT, 2009).

Her research interests include religion, culture and gender; media and the theology of communication; and practical theology. She is currently working on the idea of public theology as a form of Christian apologetics.  

Elaine lives in Frodsham and worships at the Parish Church of St. Laurence.

Forthcoming Lecture:

Chester Theological Society – Annual Canon Theologian Lecture
Tuesday 9 October | 7.30pm in the Refectory, Chester Cathedral

Science, Myth and Being Human: Re-membering Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
2018 sees the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novella, Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus. This lecture will consider the origins of the work and its enduring popularity, not least through its many adaptations for stage and screen.  It will ask whether, given its affinities with ancient tales of Prometheus, the Golem, Pandora’s Box and Doctor Faustus, it is appropriate to think of Frankenstein as a modern ‘myth’; and whether it can still help us address the fears and hopes engendered by scientific innovation and new technologies.
Admission free – refreshments available

Chester Cathedral Sermon:

Trinity Sermon 31 May 2015
A New Apologetics Cathedral – 23 Jan 2016

More by Elaine:

For access to other articles and lectures by Elaine Graham, visit her page on the University of Chester Repository.

Follow Elaine on Twitter: @ElaineGraham2