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Mary Grey (theologian)

Mary Cecilia Grey (born 16 June 1941 at Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, UK[1]) is a Roman Catholic[2][3][4] ecofeminist liberation theologian in the United Kingdom[5][6] She edited the journal Ecotheology for 10 years.[5][6] Grey is currently a professorial research fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham. She has previously been a professor teaching pastoral theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter; contemporary theology at the University of Southampton, La Sainte Union; and Feminism and Christianity at the Catholic University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.[5][6]

Mary Cecilia Grey
Born (1941-06-16) 16 June 1941 (age 77)
Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, UK
Title Professorial research fellow at St Mary's University, Twickenham
Spouse(s) Nicholas Grey
Academic background
Education Oxford University, Catholic University of Louvain
Academic work
Discipline Theology
Sub-discipline Liberation theology, Ecofeminism
Institutions University of Surrey
Catholic University of Nijmegen
University of Southampton
University of Glasgow
University of Wales
Main interests Reconciliation theology
Notable works The Outrageous Pursuit of Hope - Prophetic Dreams for the 21st Century (2010)

Grey completed a BA and MA from the University of Oxford, as well as a Diploma in Pastoral Catechetics, an MA in Religious Studies, a Bachelor of Sacred Theology, and a PhD from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.[1][4] She is an honorary fellow of Sarum College, Salisbury,[1][7] and was president of the European Society of Women in Theological Research from 1989-1991.[4]

Her research has focused primarily on feminist liberation theology and spiritualities, but has also encompassed ecofeminist theology, ecological theology and spirituality, Indian liberation theology, Christian–Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation, systematic theology from a feminist perspective and the relationship between social justice and theology.[citation needed] Her current work focuses on reconciliation, connecting reconciliation with the earth and reconciliation among ethnic groups.[8]

In recent years, she has given particular focus to reconciliation in Israel and Palestine. Accordingly, she is Chair of Living Stones of the Holy Land Trust, and organization working for justice and peace in the Holy Lands.[2] Grey also serves as Chair of the Theology Group of Friends of Sabeel UK[8] and as a trustee of the Balfour Project, which recognizes Britain's historical role in creating a situation of conflict between Israel and Palestine.[9]

Grey has been involved in a number of other nonprofit organisations. She co-founded Wells for India, a water-based organisation[clarification needed] in Rajasthan, India with Dr. Nicholas Grey and they currently serve as co-presidents[2][8] Grey also serves as Patron of both the Dalit Solidarity Network UK[2] and the Centre for Theology and Health, Holy Rood House, Thirsk, UK.[10][2]




  • Grey, Mary (1987). Christian Feminist Spirituality of Redemption as Mutuality- in- Relation (Ph.D.). University of Louvain. 




  1. ^ a b c Grey, Mary Cecilia. "CURRICULUM VITAE of Mary Grey, dean of studies". Catherine of Siena Virtual College. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Merrigan, John (16 December 2015). "Searching for peace in the Holy Lands: a Spirituality of Hope and Steadfastness (Lecture Abstract)". Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Book Launch with Professor Mary Grey". Sarum College. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Women Priests Patrons. Rickmansworth, UK: Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research Retrieved 1 May 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ a b c "Professor Mary Grey". Gresham College. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c "Professor Mary Grey". York St John University. 6 May 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 
  7. ^ cf. "Honorary Research Fellows". Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c Snook, Sebastian (3 February 2015). "Book Launch with Professor Mary Grey". Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "About". The Balfour Project. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Summer School A Cosmological and Ecological Approach to Healing" (PDF). Holy Rood House. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 

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