St John's College Oxford
Reverend Dr Liz Carmichael

Reverend Dr Liz Carmichael

Emeritus Research Fellow in Theology

Biography

My research interests are in practical theology and Christian spirituality. My first career was in medicine, working for a year on the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada and then for seven years, 1975-81, in Soweto, South Africa. After a second BA and D.Phil in Theology, I worked in spirituality, theological education, peacebuilding and community development in the Diocese of Johannesburg 1991-96. I became Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at St John's in 1996, and in 2004 published Friendship: Interpreting Christian Love, a history of the interpretation of 'agape' as friendship-love in the western Christian tradition.

I convene the Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace), a multidisciplinary initiative to promote the study of peace, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping in the University. I am currently researching on the origins and operation of the South African National Peace Accord and the work of its structures in the transition period 1991-94.

I have a parallel research interest in a spirituality topic: the life and work of the Anglican priest and spiritual director Reginald Somerset Ward (1881-1962). I am Director of the St Theosevia Centre for Christian Spirituality.