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 College. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre (PaCT) at Charles Sturt University. 

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 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." She started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. 


ATCL (Trinity College. London) 1987

PhD (University of St Andrews, Scotland)
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

Current Research

Robyn's current research areas include spirituality and dementia, Evelyn Underhill, Friedrich von Hugel, the four women Doctors of the Church, Douglas Steere.

Research Interests

Soul care; Spiritual formation; Personhood; Spirituality & Ageing; 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, August 19, 2021.
  • 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

  • 2021
    • 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.
    • 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). "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.
  • 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

  • 2021
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Bearing the Beams of Love: The Spiritual Nurture of Lucy Menzies". The Scottish Episcopal Institute Journal, 5:3 forthcoming.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "'Essentials' for Worship: Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book". Studia Liturgica, forthcoming.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2021). "Duplicity Behind Stained Glass: Childlike 'self-knowledge' and the Role of Community". Theology Today, 78:2 106-122
  • 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). "Darkness and Light in Evelyn Underhill". Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, 12:1 135-151.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2019). "'Supernatural' forgiveness: Evelyn Underhill in dialogue with Monique Lisbon". Theology Today, 75:4 458-468.
  • 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

  • 2020
    • ADM Senior Research Fellowship, 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
    • "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
  • 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

Other presentation

  • 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

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

Popular Article

  • 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, . | External link

Other Publication

  • 2017
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2017). The Evelyn Underhill Prayer Book. | External link

Professional Memberships

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

The Evelyn Underhill Association (Oceania Rep) (since 2017)

Current Supervision

  • Current
    • Davis, A, Matter matters: A Pentecostal ecotheology drawing upon Macchia and Zizioulas (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Asnicar, P., Design thinking as theology and theology as design (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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