Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr
Grad Dip SD (Spiritual Direction) , PhD , MCS (Spiritual Theology) , MA (Lang & Lit in Educ, awarded with Distinction) , BEd (Hons 1, Univ. medal) , ATCL

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Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr
Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality

Robyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology and specialises in the following areas: Christian Spirituality , Theology .


Robyn's love for theology and spirituality began when she was working in the Religious Books Department of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in London. She subsequently went to Vancouver, Canada, to study her Masters in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. As part of her Regent degree, Robyn studied theology for a term at Oxford University, on a student exchange program. Robyn met her Kiwi husband at Regent, then they both returned to Sydney to live. Robyn worked as a lecturer in Spirituality for 8 years at the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), and has lectured at MCSI (Macquarie University), Christian Heritage College, and tutored at the Broken Bay Institute. Robyn received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and also tutored in Theology at the University. She has received ARTFinc Grants in both 2016 and 2018 and an ADM Summer Research Fellowship in 2018. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. She has three gorgeous children.

Research Interests

Soul care; Spiritual formation; Personhood; Spirituality & Ageing; Gender.

Academic Qualifications


Grad Dip SD (Spiritual Direction) (Wellspring, University of Divinity, Melbourne)


PhD (University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Dissertation Title The Baron, his niece and friends: Friedrich von Hügel as a Spiritual Director, 1915-1925


MCS (Spiritual Theology) (Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)
Dissertation Title The Butterfly and the King: Self-knowledge in Teresa of Avila


MA (Lang & Lit in Educ, awarded with Distinction) (University of London, England)
Dissertation Title Reading with ‘Granpa’: Text form in Children’s Literature


BEd (Hons 1, Univ. medal) (University of Sydney, Australia)
Dissertation Title Gender in Children’s Literature: ‘A Place Apart’


ATCL (Trinity College. London)

Selected Publications

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "Ecumenical beauty: Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book" In Stephen Burns & Robert Gribben, ed., The Future of Common Prayer (pp. ). Melbourne: Coventry Press.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "Liturgy and Spiritual Formation" In John Frederick, ed., Spiritual Formation in the Global Context (pp. ). Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "'Supernatural' forgiveness: Evelyn Underhill in dialogue with Monique Lisbon". Theology Today, 75:4,458-468.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). The Spiritual Formation of Evelyn Underhill. London: SPCK, forthcoming.

Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2018). "Proclaiming and cultivating 'childlikeness': a subversive thread in Christian anthropology". International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 23:11-8.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (ed) (2018). Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book. London: SPCK.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2018). "Teresa of Avila: the Christian Mystic" In James Houston & Jens Zimmermann, Sources of the Christian Self (pp. 407-424). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2018). "'Suffering Well:' Insights for spiritual directors from Friedrich von Hugel and Abbe Huvelin". Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 8:2135-146.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2018). "Darkness and Light in Evelyn Underhill". Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, https://doi.org/10.1177/1939790918812457.

Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2017). "Mysticism and the Atonement: Experiential Insights from Evelyn Underhill.". Pacifica, 29 (1)99-111.

Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2017). "Echoes of von Hugel in the Spiritual Direction of Evelyn Underhill". Studies in Spirituality, 28.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2016). "'Soul Care' for people with dementia: Insights from Friedrich von Hügel's 'three Elements of Religion'". Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, 28:155-166.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2016). "An Ecumenical Journey in Theological Education: A Personal Experience". Paper presented at the ANZATS conference, The Atonement, Melbourne Australia, , .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2015). 'Jesus, Leadership and "spiritual childlikeness'. Paper presented at the Alphacrusis College Biennial International Leadership Conference, Sydney Australia, , .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2015). "Human Nature according to von Hugel: the significance of the bodily and sacramental". Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Theology conference, Redeeming Human Nature, University of Durham, England, , .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2014). '"Recovering a sense of the place of the Church in spiritual formation: Friedrich von Hügel's soul care'. Paper presented at the Explorations to Recover an Ecclesial Place of Sense and Purpose Conference, Association of Practical Theology of Oceania, University of Sydney, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2013). "The Mystical Theologian: the influence of Abbe Huvelin on Baron Friedrich von Hügel". Downside Review, 131184-195.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2013). "The Abbe and the Baron: Henri Huvelin's Spiritual Nurture of Friedrich von Hügel". Studies in Spirituality, 23135-200.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2010). "Incarnational Formation: the body in von Hügel's theology of spiritual formation". Paper presented at the Theological Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the work of David W. Brown Conference, University of St Andrews, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2010). "Finding the Beauty in Suffering: Abbe Henri Huvelin and Baron Friedrich von Hügel.". Paper presented at the Creation, Nature and the Built Environment Conference, Catholic Institute of Sydney, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2010). "Spiritual Intensity and von Hügel's spiritual direction of Gwendolen Greene.". Paper presented at the Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Myth, Authority and Healing Power Conference, Durham University, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2009). "The Butterfly and the King: Self-knowledge in Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle". Studies in Spirituality, 19113-133.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (co-authored with Matthew del Nevo) (2009). "Spirituality in a Feminine Key: On Feminine Spirituality" In Shane Clifton and Jacqui Grey, Raising Women Leaders: Perspectives on Liberating Women in Pentecostalism (pp. 254-273). Australasian Pentecostal Studies Supplementary Series.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2008). "Authentically Human: von Hügel's spiritual direction of Gwendolen Greene". Paper presented at the God, Freedom and Nature Conference, Catholic Institute of Sydney, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2008). "Mature Spirituality according to von Hügel: a practioner's voice". Pacifica, 21/3329-326.

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2008). "Feminine Spirituality and Self-knowledge in the work of Teresa of Avila". Paper presented at the Psychology and Spirituality Society, University of Western Sydney, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2007). "Creative Prayer - New Channels of Response to the Father". Paper presented at the National Youth Ministry Convention, Gold Coast, Australia, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2007). "A Spiritual Toolkit - Disciplines for Twenty-First Century Faith". Paper presented at the National Youth Ministry Convention, Gold Coast, Australia, .

Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (1998). "Symbolism and Mystical Truth in Teresa of Avila" In Pearson, K.N., Alive to the Love of God (pp. 347-362). Vancouver: Regent College Publishing.

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