The Very Reverend Dr Frances Ward
The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward is a theologian, researcher and writer, preacher, speaker and teacher.
From 2010–2017 she was the Dean of St Edmundsbury in Suffolk, a member of the General Synod and a Trustee of the Church of England National Society. From 2006–2010 she was a Residentiary Canon at Bradford Cathedral, engaged in inter-faith work with Muslim women.
Her 2019 books included Full of Character: A Christian Approach to Education for the Digital Age (Jessica Kingsley Publications 2019) explores the education needed in a world of increasing automation for young people to flourish in their humanity, drawing on Christian theology. James Woodward writes that it’s ‘a gem of a book’: “The text will stimulate you into thinking differently about the nature of character and what shapes or mis-shapes it. It will invite you into a wider horizon of understanding about human flourishing and deserves to be engaged with seriously so that we can mine our hearts and minds in exploring a theology of education that commits itself to changed practice.” Holy Attention: Preaching in Today’s Church, co-edited with Richard Sudworth was published by SCM Press (2019).
Previous publications include Lifelong Learning, (SCM, 2005) and Theological Reflection: Methods (with Elaine Graham and Heather Walton) (SCM, 2nd Edition 2019). Her book Why Rousseau was Wrong: Christianity and the Secular Soul was published by Bloomsbury in January 2013.