Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr

Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Spirituality

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. She has received two ARTFinc Grants, an ADM Summer Research Fellowship, an ADM Senior Research Fellowship and an Elizabeth Ann Bogert Grant. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. 


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

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

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, Evelyn Underhill and Friedrich von Hugel.

Research Interests

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

Field of Research

  • 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
  • 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • 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

  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). "Ecumenical beauty: Evelyn Underhill's Prayer Book" In Stephen Burns & Robert Gribben, ed., When We Pray: The Future of Common Prayer (pp. ). Melbourne: Coventry Press.
    • Wrigley-Carr, R (2020). "Being Human: Spiritual retreats and soul care" In Bentley, P & A. Lock (ed), Companioning on the Edge (pp. ). Ashburton: Wellspring.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). "Liturgy and Spiritual Formation" In J. Frederick & R, Brandt ed., Spiritual Formation for the Global Church: AMulti-Denominational, Multi-Ethnic Approach (pp. ). Downers Grove: IVP Academic.
  • 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). .
    • 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.

Journal Article

  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, R. L.(2020). "Our Spiritual War-Work in the Age of COVID-19". Stimulus, 27, no.2. | Link to journal
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). "Corporate Worship for People with Dementia: Rituals and Sensory Stimulation". Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, Article DOI-10.1080/15528030.2020.1837332.
  • 2019
    • 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). "Darkness and Light in Evelyn Underhill". Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care,  https://doi.org/10.1177/1939790918812457.
    • 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). "Mysticism and the Atonement: Experiential Insights from Evelyn Underhill.". Pacifica, 29 (1) 99-111. | Link to journal
    • Wrigley-Carr Robyn (2017). "Echoes of von Hugel in the Spiritual Direction of Evelyn Underhill". Studies in Spirituality, 28. | Link to journal
  • 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, $32000, ADM
    • Elizabeth Ann Bogert Fund, Friends World Committee/Section of the Americas
  • 2018
    • ADM Summer Fellowship, $3000, Anglican Deaconess Ministries
    • ARTFinc, $5000, Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc
  • 2016
    • ARTFinc, $2600, Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc


Academic Conference

  • 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
    • “‘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). https://www.publicchristianity.org/introvert-extrovert/, Sydney Australia, 02 Jul 2020
    • "Why religions say humans have intrinsic value." (2020), Panelist on ABC radio, 'God Forbid': https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/godforbid/why-religions-say-humans-have-intrinsic-value/11989548, 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: https://anglicannq.org/bishops/bulletin/275-bishop-s-bulletin-10-2019, 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

  • 2020
    • Wrigley-Carr, R L (2020). Make meditation part of your COVID survival kit. Eternity, August 8th.
    • Wrigley-Carr, Robyn (2020). Praying for world leaders in crisis - even if I don't like them. Eternity, June 4th. | Link to journal
    • Wrigley-Carr, R (2020). Church Unity: one of many pandemic opportunities. Eternity, April 9th, 2020. | Link to journal
  • 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

ANZATS (since 2015)

Association of Practical Theology in Occeania (since 2014)

British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS) (since 2018)

Society for the Study of Theology (since 2015)

The Evelyn Underhill Association (since 2017)

Wellspring Centre, Melbourne (since 2017)

Current Supervision

  • None
    • Davis, A, Spirit, creation and mission: a constructive Pentecostal ecotheology drawing on Eastern Orthodox resources (Doctoral Thesis)
    • Chester, S, A life worth imitating: Catherine Booth, her life and ministry as mentor (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, Christ as a site of struggle for postcolonial Christology: How does Maluleke’s Jesus liberate human suffering from a triumphalism motif? (Masters Project/Thesis)
    • Webb, P, Pentecostal and Sacramental: Tradition of the Eucharist in the Australian Christian Churches (Doctoral 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 Mellor, Confession as an End to Isolation: Using Bonnoeffer to Reconstruct a Missing Ecclesial Practice (Masters Project/Thesis), 2016
  • 2015
    • Mawston, S, How is Julian's Spirituality of Hope Grounded in her Vision of God's Love? (Masters Project/Thesis), 2015

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