Dr Jeremy Clines

Anglican Chaplain at the University of Sheffield



Anglican Chaplain
Octagon Centre
Western Bank
S10 2TQ


I am Sheffield-born and of colonial-Australian and Arab-Jewish descent. I received honours degrees in English and Education (Surrey) and Theology (Durham) and completed my ministerial training (Durham and at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Dublin) in the 1990’s. In my studies I gave particular attention to: Inter-faith relations; an ecological reading of Marvell’s Upon Appleton House; Liberation Theology hermeneutics; Post-Modernity and the Holocaust; and Role Tensions in Prison Chaplaincy.

From 1999–2010 I was the Chaplain at York St John University. I also undertook doctoral research at the University of Birmingham, which was situated within eco-liberationist theology: an eco-theological reading of the Church of England’s Common Worship liturgy.

While in York, I  contributed to four research projects:

  • ‘Arab Christian Departure to Europe’—which involved documentary filming and qualitative interviews in Jordan, Palestine, Israel and the UK.
  • ‘Islamophobia in Yorkshire Schools’.
  • while seconded - with Faith Communities Capacity Building funding - to be the H.E. Development Officer for the CofE Education Division, I produced the report Faiths in Higher Education Chaplaincy (CofE Board of Education, 2008).
  • I co-designed a successful £250k bid to HEFCE’s Leaders, Governors and Managers fund, and helped find six partner HEIs to establish a Religious Literacy Leadership in HE project. I have continued to support the project, which has drawn in a further £200k of funding, under the directorship of SIIBS’s honorary professor Adam Dinham, prior to project’s diversification into other sectors.

Since coming to the University of Sheffield as Anglican Chaplain, I have has directed the Religion and Belief Tandem Learning programme.


Religion and Social Policy, Eco-theology; Liberationist theologies; Child Theology; Eco-criticism; Eco-liturgical theology; Leadership, Religion and Society; Religion & Belief and Equalities, Inter-religious understanding; Inter-faith dialogue.

Current research projects:

  • Equalities, Religion and Belief, Higher Education and Chaplaincies;
  • Redub / Reboot, an eco-liturgical reform project;
  • Spiritual Wellbeing for Elders;
  • Personal / Spiritual Development Online and Social Theory.

I regularly give papers and presentations, particularly in the area of Religion and Belief in Higher Education. You can also watch me talking about my research interests on YouTube

Professional practice


Chair of College Council, member of Ethos Steering Group, co-teaching MA modules ‘Liberation theology’, ‘Religious Ethics’ and ‘Liturgy’. Facilitator and Speaker, York: Stop the War events.


Initiated a multi-religious inter-faith chaplaincy in a Church HEI; co-launched the York: City of Faiths initiative; led three inter-religious visits to Palestine, Israel and Jordan; helped establish Holocaust Memorial Day in York; member of the research ethics committee.


Invited speaker (8 occasions) on ‘Faiths in HE’ to conferences, university senior staff teams and chaplaincies; facilitator for the Oxford Brookes Chaplaincy away-day and Sheffield Hallam Multifaith Chaplaincy away-day; member of the Religious Literacy in HE Steering Group and Advisory Group; member of the University Ethics Committee (York St John).

2010 to present

Co-initiated the self-facilitated Liberating Theologies group, Sheffield; secured £55k for the Anglican Chaplaincy Trust (TUOS); helped secure £60k funding for local child and elders spirituality work with Mutual Blessings; member of the Student Services Equality Action Group; a named and supervised spiritual accompanier in Sheffield; Godly Play UK Trustee; HE staff mentor.


  • Clines, Jeremy M.S. (2015) “Education Chaplaincy” in Christopher Swift, Mark Cobb and Andrew Todd (eds) of A Handbook Chaplaincy Studies: Understanding Spiritual Care in Public Places (Policy Press: Bristol).
  • Clines, Jeremy M.S. with Sophie Gilliat-Ray (2015) “Religious Literacy and Chaplaincy” in Adam Dinham and Matthew Francis (eds) Religious Literacy in Policy and Practice (Policy Press: Bristol).
  • Clines and Christl M. Maier (eds, 2013) Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J.A. Clines (Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta).
  • Clines, Jeremy M.S. (2009) York Faiths Survey: A Summary Report (City of York Council: York). Aitken, James K; Jeremy M.S.
  • Clines, Jeremy M.S. (2008), Faiths in Higher Education Chaplaincy: full report (CofE Board of Education: London). Clines, Jeremy M.S. (2008), Faiths in Higher Education Chaplaincy: Executive Summary (CofE Board of Education: London).
Selected papers and presentations
  • Invited guest speaker, seminar leader and facilitator, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, on the occasion of the opening of their new Multi-religious facilities (26-28 January 2016).
  • ‘Report on Religious Literacy Leadership’, given as the acting chair to the first Religious Literacy International Network meeting, (16-17 June 2014, Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII, Bologna).
  • “Religious Literacy and Chaplaincy beyond the academy”, workshop at To the Academy and Beyond: Religious Literacy in Contemporary Society, (27 November 2013, Coin Street, London).
  • “The use of biblical texts in creation-themed Common Worship prayers”, Society of Liturgical Studies (28-30 August 2012, Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield).
  • “Why ‘Multifaith Chaplaincy’ could do with a better name”, H.E. Chaplaincy in the Big Society (5 April 2011, Derby Multi-Faith Centre).
  • “Strategic chaplaincy: engaging leadership for religious literacy”, Religious Literacy Leadership in HE summative conference, (7 February 2011, Woburn House).
  • “Faith on campus: where does it fit?”, Keynote / panelist, Yorkshire Universities / HEA, (20 May 2018, University of Bradford).