Associate Professor Robyn Wrigley-Carr

Associate Professor Robyn Wrigley-Carr

Associate Professor in Theology and Spirituality

Robyn is Associate Professor in Theology and Spirituality at Alphacrucis. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT) at Charles Sturt University. Robyn is a member of AC's Research Committee (since 2018) and leads the Theology and Spirituality Research Colloquium. Robyn is on the Editorial Board and Book Reviews Editor for the Journal for the Study of Spirituality and on the Executive Committee for the International Network for the Study of Spirituality. Robyn is also the Oceania representative for The Evelyn Underhill Association and is an external member for the Course Advisory and Review Committee at Campion College, Sydney (since 2018).

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 and they have three beautiful children. 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. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. 


PhD (University of St Andrews, Scotland, Supervisor: Prof. Alan Torrance)
Dissertation Title The Baron, his niece and friends: Friedrich von Hügel as a Spiritual Director, 1915-1925 2013

MCS (Spiritual Theology) (Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)
Dissertation Title The Butterfly and the King: Self-knowledge in Teresa of Avila 1998

MA (Lang & Lit in Educ, awarded with Distinction) (University of London, England)
Dissertation Title Reading with 'Granpa': Text form in Children's Literature 1993

Grad Dip SD (Spiritual Direction) (Wellspring, University of Divinity, Melbourne) 2016

BEd (Hons 1, Univ. medal) (University of Sydney, Australia)
Dissertation Title Gender in Children's Literature: 'A Place Apart' 1989

ATCL (Trinity College, London) 1987

Current Research

Robyn's current research areas include spirituality and dementia, spiritual formation and soul care, spiritual ecumenism.

Research Interests

Spirituality & Ageing; spiritual formation & soul care; Christian mysticism; theological anthropology; gender.


  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). Music of Eternity: Meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill (The Archbishop of York's Advent Book, 2021). London: SPCK.
  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). The Spiritual Formation of Evelyn Underhill. London: SPCK, 2020.
  • 2018
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (ed) (2018). Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book. London: SPCK.

Book Chapter

  • 2022
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). "Soul Care and Liturgical Theology" In Stephen Burns and Jason McFarland, Doing Liturgical Theology: Method and Context (pp. forthcoming). Leuven: Peeters.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). "Esther de Waal" In Michael Brierley and Stephen Burns, The Vitality of Tradition: British Anglican Spirituality (pp. forthcoming). Leiden: Brill.
  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Being Human: Spiritual retreats and soul care" In Peter Bentley & Ann Lock (ed), Companioning at the Edges: Exploring New Dimensions of Spiritual Direction in Australia (pp. 291-300). Melbourne: Wellspring.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Liturgy and Spiritual Formation" In J. Frederick & R, Brandt ed., Spiritual Formation for the Global Church: AMulti-Denominational, Multi-Ethnic Approach (pp. 80-99). Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Ecumenical Beauty: Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book" In Stephen Burns& Robert Gribben (ed), When We Pray: The Future of Common Prayer (pp. 89-111). Melbourne: Coventry Press.
  • 2018
    • 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.
  • 2009
    • 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.
  • 1998
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (1998). "Symbolism and Mystical Truth in Teresa of Avila" In K. N. Pearson (ed), Alive to the Love of God (pp. 347-362). Vancouver: Regent College Publishing.

Journal Article

  • 2022
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). Evelyn Underhill: An Anglican "Spiritual Ecumenist". Anglican Theological Review, 104.2 forthcoming.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). "A practitioner's reflection upon the spiritual formation of teachers: the wisdom of Evelyn Underhill.". Journal of Religious Education, 70:1 109-125.
  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Duplicity Behind Stained Glass: Childlike 'self-knowledge' and the Role of Community". Theology Today, 78:2 106-122
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Bearing the Beams of Love: The Spiritual Nurture of Lucy Menzies". The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal, 5:4 27-38.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "'Essentials' for Worship: Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book". Studia Liturgica, 51:2 187-202.
  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). "Corporate Worship for People with Dementia: Rituals and Sensory Stimulation". Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 33:2 206-222.
  • 2019
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "'Supernatural' forgiveness: Evelyn Underhill in dialogue with Monique Lisbon". Theology Today, 75:4 458-468.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "Darkness and Light in Evelyn Underhill". Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 12:1 135-151.
  • 2018
    • Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2018). "Proclaiming and cultivating 'childlikeness': a subversive thread in Christian anthropology". International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 23:1 1-8.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2018). "'Suffering Well:' Insights for spiritual directors from Friedrich von Hugel and Abbe Huvelin". Journal for the Study of Spirituality, 8:2 135-146.
  • 2017
    • Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2017). "Echoes of von Hugel in the Spiritual Direction of Evelyn Underhill". Studies in Spirituality, 27 257-280. | External link
    • Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2017). "Mysticism and the Atonement: Experiential Insights from Evelyn Underhill.". Pacifica, 29:1 99-111. | External link
  • 2016
    • 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.
  • 2013
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2013). "The Mystical Theologian: the influence of Abbe Huvelin on Baron Friedrich von Hügel". Downside Review, 131 184-195.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2013). "The Abbe and the Baron: Henri Huvelin's Spiritual Nurture of Friedrich von Hügel". Studies in Spirituality, 23 135-200.
  • 2009
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2009). "The Butterfly and the King: Self-knowledge in Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle". Studies in Spirituality, 19 113-133.
  • 2008
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2008). "Mature Spirituality according to von Hügel: a practioner's voice". Pacifica, 21:3 329-326.

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2021
    • ARTFinc, Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc
  • 2020
    • ADM Senior Research Fellowship, $32000, ADM
    • Elizabeth Ann Bogert Fund, Friends World Committee/Section of the Americas
  • 2018
    • ADM Summer Fellowship, Anglican Deaconess Ministries
    • ARTFinc, Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc
  • 2016
    • ARTFinc, Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc


Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • The Liddon Lecture for 2021: "Evelyn Underhill: A 'Spiritual Ecumenist'" (2021), UK, 02 Nov 2021
    • "Music of Eternity" (2021), "A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill", Chelmsford, England, 18 Jun 2021
    • "Evelyn Underhill and Lucy Menzies' Spiritual Friendship" (2021), "A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill", Chelmsford, England, 17 Jun 2021
    • "Participating in God's Work" (2021), "A Celebration of Evelyn Underhill", Chelmsford, England, 16 Jun 2021
    • "'Spiritual Care' for People with Dementia: Ignatian Meditation (2021), Spirituality in Research, Spiritual Practice and Education', Sixth International Conference of the International Network for the Study of Spirituality, (Zoom) York St John University, UK, 07 Jun 2021
  • 2020
    • "The Spiritual Formation of Evelyn Underhill" (2020), St James' Institute, Sydney, Australia, 29 Mar 2020
  • 2019
    • Keynote Lecture - "Corporate Worship for People with Dementia: Sensory Stimulation and Rituals" (2019), 8th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality, Old Government House, Canberra, Australia, 28 Oct 2019
    • "Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book" (2019), St James Institute, Sydney, Australia, 30 Jun 2019
    • “‘Prevenient grace’ and spiritual formation: Insights from Evelyn Underhill." (2019), Society for the Study of Theology conference, 'Grace', 2019., University of Warwick, UK, 09 Apr 2019
  • 2018
    • Supernatural Forgiveness: Evelyn Underhill's insights in dialogue with Monique Lisbon (2018), 6th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health, Forgiveness in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences, University of Coventry, Coventry, England, 18 May 2018
  • 2017
    • Peace and pacifism: Insights and contradictions from Evelyn Underhill (2017), Society for the Study of Theology conference, Nottingham, UK, 25 Apr 2017
  • 2016
    • Mysticism and the Atonement: Experiential Insights from Evelyn Underhill (2016), ANZATS conference, Melbourne, Australia, 11 Oct 2016
      Co-presenter: N/A
    • "An Ecumenical Journey in Theological Education: A Personal Experience" (2016), ANZATS conference, Melbourne, Australia, 05 Jul 2016
    • Human nature according to von Hügel: the significance of the bodily and sacramental (2016), Society for the Study of Theology conference, Redeeming Human Nature, University of Durham, Durham, England, 11 Apr 2016
    • An Ecumenical Journey in Theological Education: A Personal Experience (2016), Ecumenical Roundtable, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra, Australia, 16 Feb 2016
  • 2015
    • "Protecting and Proclaiming Childlikeness: a Subversive Thread in Christian Anthropology" (2015), ANZATS conference, A Life Worth Living: Religion and Ethics, Sydney, Australia, 30 Jul 2015
    • 'Jesus, Leadership and "spiritual childlikeness' (2015), Alphacrucis College Biennial International Leadership Conference, Sydney, Australia, 07 Jul 2015
    • "Human Nature according to von Hugel: the significance of the bodily and sacramental" (2015), Society for the Study of Theology conference, Redeeming Human Nature, University of Durham, Durham, UK, 01 Apr 2015
  • 2014
    • '"Recovering a sense of the place of the Church in spiritual formation: Friedrich von Hügel's soul care' (2014), Explorations to Recover an Ecclesial Place of Sense and Purpose Conference, Association of Practical Theology of Oceania, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 29 Nov 2014
  • 2012
    • "The Mystical Theologian: the influence of Abbé Huvelin on Friedrich von Hügel" (2012), Catholic Institute of Sydney Biennial Conference - Expressible and Inexpressible, Sydney, Australia, 05 Nov 2012
  • 2010
    • "Authentically Human: von Hügel's spiritual direction of Gwendolen Greene" (2010), God, Freedom and Nature Conference, Catholic Institute of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 04 Oct 2010
    • "Finding the Beauty in Suffering: Abbe Henri Huvelin and Baron Friedrich von Hügel." (2010), Creation, Nature and the Built Environment Conference, Catholic Institute of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 02 Oct 2010
    • "Spiritual Intensity and von Hügel's spiritual direction of Gwendolen Greene." (2010), Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Myth, Authority and Healing Power Conference, Durham University, Durham, UK, 12 Sep 2010
    • "Incarnational Formation: the body in von Hügel's theology of spiritual formation" (2010), Theological Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the work of David W. Brown Conference, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, UK, 01 Sep 2010
  • 2008
    • "Spiritual Maturity according to von Hügel: a practioner's voice" (2008), Spirituality, Human Development and Well Being Conference, University of Western Sydney, Sydney. Australia, 24 Jul 2008
    • "Feminine Spirituality and Self-knowledge in the work of Teresa of Avila" (2008), Psychology and Spirituality Society, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 22 Feb 2008

Other presentation

  • 2022
    • Beating Burnout (2022), Run Like a Woman Podcast, Sydney Australia, 14 Apr 2022
    • Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book (2022), Renovare Podcast 231, Colorado, 04 Apr 2022
  • 2021
    • Brighton Young University, ‘Faith & Imagination’ podcast – interviewed by Dr Matthew Wickham (2021),, Utah, USA, 02 Dec 2021
    • 4 sessions with ‘Urban Abbey’ on ‘Music of Eternity’ (40 minute presentations then Q & A) (zoom, 1, 8, 15, 22 Dec, 2021). (2021),, Reading, England, 01 Dec 2021
    • "The Big Church Read": "Welcoming God's Coming"; "Awaiting God's Coming"; "Recognising God's Coming"; "Embracing God's Coming". (2021), "The Big Church Read: 'Music of Eternity'", UK (digital recordings), 28 Nov 2021
    • Leading "Advent Quiet Day: 'Music of Eternity'" (2021), St James' King Street Church Advent Quiet Day, 2021, Sydney, Australia, 27 Nov 2021
    • -‘Advent Books: Discussion & Readings’ – Church House, UK – Revd Dr Ayla Lepine (2021),, England, 22 Nov 2021
    • "Leading people into worship during Advent, 2021: 'Music of Eternity'". (2021), Professional Development: Anglican Priests and Lay Workers, Diocese of Northern Queensland, Queensland, Australia, 06 Nov 2021
    • Seven-part series of interviews about 'Music of Eternity'- Rowan Williams, Stephen Cottrell, Brian McLaren, Elaine Storkey etc (2021),, Zoom global, 30 Jul 2021
  • 2020
    • 'Introvert, Extrovert,' CPX Podcast, Life and Faith (2020), Interview by Centre for Public Christianity (CPX)., Sydney Australia, 02 Jul 2020
    • "Why religions say humans have intrinsic value." (2020), Panelist on ABC radio, 'God Forbid':, Sydney, Australia, 23 Mar 2020
    • Leading Spiritual Retreat for Clergy and Lay Ministers, Anglican Diocese of Northern Queensland (2020), Spiritual retreat - Mon 3 Feb to Thurs 6 Feb, 2020. See:, Townsville, Australia, 03 Feb 2020
  • 2019
    • ‘Ageing Well with Dementia’ (2019), ABC Radio, "God Forbid", Sydney, Australia, 15 Sep 2019
  • 2017
    • "Darkness and Dawn" (2017), Weekend Spiritual Retreat, The House of Retreat, Pleshey, UK, Pleshey, UK, 28 Apr 2017
  • 2008
    • 11 Radio interviews with Sheriden Voysey (2008), Hope 103.2 "Open House" interviews, Sydney, Australia, 01 Mar 2008

Scholarship Publications

Journal Article

  • 2022
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). Life Lessons We Need Right Now. Eternity News, 9th March.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). Our Glimpse of Eternity Humbles Us. Renovare, April, 2022.
  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). Evelyn Underhill: Mystical Mother of Souls. Church Times, 11 June.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). Can you hear the "Music of Eternity"?. Eternity News, 30th August.
  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). "Our Spiritual War-Work in the Age of COVID-19". Stimulus, 27:2.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). Praying for world leaders in crisis - even if I don't like them. Eternity, June 4th.
    • Wrigley-Carr, R (2020). Church Unity: one of many pandemic opportunities. Eternity, April 9th, 2020.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). Make meditation part of your COVID survival kit. Eternity, August 8th.
  • 2019
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "Prayer as Spiritual Formation". Eternity, 104 5-6.

Popular Article

  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). Advent: Adoring Christ. Crucis, 11 November.
  • 2018
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2018). Alumni Reflections - Robyn Wrigley-Carr. Inprincipio Bulletin, Summer 20186.
  • 2017
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2017). Silent Grace. Common Grace Advent, 2017, .
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2017). "The Evelyn Underhill Prayer Book" (The Evelyn Underhill Assn Newsletter). , .

Other Publication

  • 2022
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). Beating Burnout - Run like a Woman Podcast.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2022). Evelyn Underhill's Prayer BookApril 4. | External link

Professional Memberships

ANZATS (since 2015)

Association of Practical Theology in Occeania (since 2014)

International Network for the Study of Spirituality (Executive Member) (since 2018)

Society for the Study of Theology (since 2015)

The Evelyn Underhill Association (Oceania Rep) (since 2020)

The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (since 2021)

Wellspring Centre, Melbourne (since 2016)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Davis, A, Matter matters: A Pentecostal ecotheology drawing upon Macchia and Zizioulas (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Kay, T, The nature of spirituality expressed in Russian Baptist devotional poetry: Orthodox and Pietistic/Wesleyan influences (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Delport, V., Facilitating the progression of women into positions of senior leadership in the Australian Christian Churches: identifying opportunities and obstacles (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Naidoo, J, Decolonizing Jesus: Tinyiko Maluleke’s African Jesus as Suffering Liberator (Masters Project/Thesis)

Completed Supervision

  • 2020
    • Kimnes, E., Divine Mercy spirituality for the twenty-first century (Masters Project/Thesis), 2020
  • 2019
    • Davis, A., Son, Spirit and Lord's Supper: Insights from Eugene Rogers for Frank Macchia's Pentecostal Theology (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
    • Davey, S., Utilizing Richard Baxter’s ‘Of Walking with God’ in 21st Century Spiritual Formation. (Masters Project/Thesis), 2019
  • 2017
    • Wei, K., Learning from evidence-based psychosocial strategies that positively enhance the emotional well-being of older Australians suffering from depression in light of Swinton's theology of mental health and the Church" (Masters Project/Thesis), 2017
  • 2016
    • Andrew, M., Confession as an End to Isolation: Using Bonnoeffer to Reconstruct a Missing Ecclesial Practice (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016

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