Rhiannon Grant

Rhiannon Grant is Woodbrooke’s Deputy Programme Leader for Research and Programme Coordinator for Modern Quaker Thought. Rhiannon’s work at Woodbrooke spans academic and practice-based approaches to Quakerism. She teaches in Woodbrooke’s short course program and supervises research and teaches postgraduate students within the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies. Outside Woodbrooke, she researches and writes about Quakers for both academic and general audiences.

Her interests centre on British Quakerism in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially Quaker theology, ways of speaking about God, and the developments in practice and religious diversity. For example, she has worked on Quaker lists of words for God, ‘afterwords’ and other practices at the end of meeting for worship, Liberal Quaker books of discipline or faith and practice and their theology, what happens when meeting for worship is held online, and how the British Quaker community incorporates nontheism, spiritual insights from Christianity and other religions, and dual and other complex religious identities.


Rhiannon’s undergraduate degree was Philosophy and Theology (University of Nottingham). She followed this with an MA in Gender, Sexuality and Queer Theory at the University of Leeds, where she stayed to write a PhD entitled ‘Wittgensteinian investigations of contemporary Quaker religious language’, (http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/7825/) supervised by Rachel Muers and Mikel Burley.

She can be contacted at rhiannon.grant@woodbrooke.org.uk

Current Research

Her current research project is on multiple religious belonging, and she also teaches and supervises on a range of other topics including philosophy of religion, gender and sexuality, Quaker spiritual practices, and formal processes within the Quaker community. By approaching Quakerism from both an insider perspective, as a member of a Quaker meeting, and a scholarly perspective, in which empirical evidence and rigour are prized, she intends her work to express a deep appreciation of the complexity and richness of the tradition while also understanding it as one religious community among many.


Refereed journal articles
Co-authored with Rachel Muers
  • 2017 “Documentary Theology: Testing a New Approach to Texts in Religious Communities”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Volume 86, Issue 3, September 2018, Pages 616–641, https://doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfx041
  • 2017 “Theology at Thresholds: Learning From A Practice ‘In Between’”, Ecclesial Practices, Volume 4 Issue 1, 45-62
  • 2016 “At the Threshold of Community: Exploring Quaker Decision-Making Processes”, Faith and Freedom, Volume 69 Issue 1, 3-13
Research notes

Co-authored with Ian Toombs

Edited special issues
Book chapters
  • 2019 “Multiple Religious Belonging in Wittgensteinian Perspective” in Interpreting Interreligious Relations with Wittgenstein, eds. Gorazd Andrejc and Daniel H. Weiss, Brill
  • 2019 “Doctrine and Fanon: George Lindbeck, Han’s Gun and Sherlock’s Big Gay Wedding” in The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom: Essays on the Intersection of Religion and Pop Culture, eds. Carole M. Cusack, John W. Morehead, and Venetia Laura Delano Robertson, McFarland
  • 2017 “Breaking Sixteen Walls: Deadpool as Philosopher and Sociologist” in Deadpool and Philosophy, eds. Nicolas Michaud and Jacob May, Open Court
Magazine articles

Brigid, Fox and Buddha, http://brigidfoxandbuddha.wordpress.com

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