Bridget Nichols discovered an interest in liturgy as graduate student in Durham. Following doctoral research and some short teaching assignments in Durham and Sunderland, she has been chaplain to three Bishops of Ely (Bishop Stephen Sykes and his two successors). This post has supported the Bishop’s public ministry, both within the Diocese and nationally. It has also provided opportunities for research, writing and conference participation. Bridget has published a number of articles and three books on aspects of (mainly Anglican) liturgy, with a particular interest in its language, and its interpretation in the setting of worship. She has taught for modules in the Sarum College MA in Christian Liturgy for several years and currently writes a weekly column on the Sunday readings for the Church Times.
Bridget hopes to use the opportunity of a Visiting Fellowship at St John’s to develop a project on the nature of liturgical language and the questions it raises about tradition and creativity, authority and local independence, power and sincerity.