Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Revd Dr Gabrielle Thomas

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43960
Room number: Abbey House B06a

Contact Revd Dr Gabrielle Thomas (email at gabrielle.r.thomas@durham.ac.uk)

Biography and Research

As an undergraduate I thoroughly enjoyed reading Classics; this developed into a passion for theology. I completed my doctoral work in historical theology at the University of Nottingham in July 2017.

My current research forms two primary strands:

Firstly, during the course of the next two years, I will be working closely with NBCW-sponsored regional ecumenical discussion groups, together with interviewing key individuals, in order to explore, using the methodology of receptive ecumenism, the diverse experiences women have of participating and ministering within the UK churches, the difficulties and challenges which arise, and what fruitful learning might occur across the traditions.

Secondly, I am developing my PhD thesis (completed in 2017) into a monograph for publication. This aspect of my research centres around the theological anthropology of Gregory Nazianzen. I am particularly interested in the retrieval of early church fathers and mothers with a view to how they might contribute to contemporary theology.

I teach on and convene the first year module 'Introduction to Christian Theology'

In addition to these I serve as a Minor Canon at Durham Cathedral and am keen to dialogue between the academy and the church. To this end, I have recently gathered a team of theologians and together we shall be launching a Grove Books doctrine series. I am interested to hear from anyone who would like to know more about this.



Selected Publications

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