Personal and Spiritual Uncertainty - Young
Personal and Spiritual Uncertainty
Frances Margaret Young, OBE, FBA is a British theologian and Methodist minister. She taught theology at the University of Birmingham from 1971, becoming the Edward Cadbury Professor and Head of the Department of Theology in 1986. During her time at the University, she also served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1995–97) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (1997–2002). In 1984, she was ordained as a Methodist minister, and has combined preaching in a local Circuit and pursuing her academic career. In 1998, she was awarded an OBE for services to Theology and in 2004, elected a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2005, she retired from the University. In 2005, she preached at the opening service of the Eighth General Synod of the Church of England, the first Methodist and the first woman to preach at the five-yearly inauguration ceremony. She has written academic and more popular theological articles, drawing on her work on the New Testament and on Christianity in its formative centuries, but also on her experience as the mother of Arthur, her son, who was born with profound physical and mental disabilities. For this reason, she worked on the theological and ecumenical dimensions of the L'Arche communities with their founder, Jean Vanier.