Pat Bennett, BM, BTh (Oxon) is currently a PhD research student at the Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University. She originally trained as a doctor, practicing hospital medicine in a number of different disciplines. After leaving medicine to raise a family, she returned to university to study theology and was awarded First Class honours by Oxford University. Her doctoral research project, which forms the basis of this paper, has grown out of her final year dissertation, which won the college prize for best undergraduate humanities dissertation of 2004. She is an associate member of The Iona Community—a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, the rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship.
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