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Helen Morris

Christian theology applied.
BA Course Leader

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About

Helen has been lecturing at our Moorlands College Christchurch campus since September 2015, having previously worked part-time with the Moorlands Midlands centre. She took on the BA Course Leader role in February 2017. Helen’s doctoral studies are in the area of contemporary ecclesiology, which she completed at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, under the supervision of Professor Steve Walton and Dr Adrian Chatfield.

Prior to working at Moorlands College, Helen gained teaching experience in a variety of contexts. She initially taught life skills, literacy, and numeracy to young people not in education, employment, or training before lecturing in sports science at an FE College. She also taught English as a foreign language in Thailand and the UK.

Alongside working at the College, Helen is involved in the worship band at her local church and preaches in both her own church and others in the area. She is a ministry leader with Richmond holidays, where she gets to combine two of her biggest passions: teaching the Bible and skiing. She enjoys living near the sea, and makes the most of her proximity to the beach through paddle boarding, running, and swimming.

Teaching

Undergraduate modules:

  • Church and Community
  • Youth and Society
  • New Testament 1 & 2
  • Old Testament 2
  • Exploring the Mission of God
  • Missional Leadership
  • Study Skills

Postgraduate:

  • Theological Foundations for Practice
  • Contexts of Practice

Publications

  • Morris, Helen. ‘The City as Foil (not Friend nor Foe): Conformity and Subversion in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.’ In The Urban World and the First Christians, edited by S. Walton, D.W.J. Gill and P. Trebilco, 141-59. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Book reviews in The Journal of Youth Ministry.

Research interests

Helen’s research interests include the relationship between church and culture. In her PhD she examined the writings of a variety of authors who urge the UK church to respond more intentionally and critically to recent cultural changes. Her PhD also had a strong New Testament component, in that she assessed the ecclesiology of the authors she was engaging with in reference to Paul’s body of Christ metaphor.

Helen is pursuing further research within New Testament studies, particularly the book of Revelation. She presented a paper on the structure of Revelation at the British New Testament Conference in September 2018. Helen is also interested in the integration of theology and practice and is organising a conference addressing this theme to be held at the College in April 2019.