Elaine Storkey

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Elaine Storkey

Elaine Storkey (born 1944) is an English philosopher, sociologist and theologian. She is known for her lecturing, writing and broadcasting.

Early years and education[edit]

Storkey is the eldest of three children to James and Anne Lively. She grew up in Ossett, West Yorkshire, and was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, doing postgraduate work in philosophy at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and York University, England. Her brother Philip Lively has lectured in universities in Japan, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, and her sister, Elizabeth lives in Maryland, USA.

In 1968 she married Alan Storkey, an economist, writer and lecturer, and they have three sons.

Working life[edit]

After research on Ludwig Wittgenstein's work, Storkey's first academic post was in philosophy in Oxford University, as a tutor at Manchester College, Oxford.[1]

She left Manchester College to marry and join her husband on the faculty of the University of Stirling. She started broadcasting with the BBC in 1986, after they both returned from a period of lecturing at Calvin College, Michigan, and Covenant College, Tennessee, in the United States. She has since been involved in many documentaries, arts, news and current affairs programmes. She was a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Today for more than 20 years[2] and has written many scripts for the BBC World Service. She currently broadcasts regularly with BBC Radio Ulster. Elaine Storkey has authored several books, including What's Right With Feminism, The Search for Intimacy and Mary's Story, Mary's Song. She has also been a member of the General Synod of the Church of England from 1987 to 2016, serving on the Archbishops Rural Commission and the Cathedrals Commission. For many years she wrote for The Independent and for the Swedish newspaper Dagen and for the Church Times. During the 1990s she collaborated with Roman Catholic author and theologian Margaret Hebblethwaite and they co-authored a book exploring Christian feminism from two different traditions.[3] Their writings on women are widely used within the Roman Catholic as well as other churches.[4] Storkey was also a close colleague of the Biblical scholar Catherine Clark Kroeger, whose obituary she wrote in July 2011.[5]

After many years teaching and writing with the Open University and presenting radio and television documentaries on gender, race and ethnicity, Storkey succeeded John Stott as Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)[6] in 1991, a post she held until 1999. She contributed to Stott's obituary in 2011.[7] She also taught at King's College London. In 1997 she became President of Tearfund, a Christian relief and development charity, and has since been involved in monitoring aid, relief and advocacy work in countries of the Global South.[8] In 2010 she and her husband Alan became founder members of Restored, an organisation committed to advocating against violence to women.

Storkey has served on many other boards and councils, including the Crown Nominations Commission, the environmental agency A Rocha, the global advocacy group Micah Challenge, and as Vice President of the University of Gloucestershire. She is currently President of Fulcrum, a Church of England think-tank.[9] She holds a Lambeth DD degree an honorary PhD from the University of Gloucestershire, and is a Fellow of Aberystwyth University.[10]

Storkey's Created or Constructed grew out of lectures given at the University of New South Wales in Australia.[11] From 2003 to 2006, she was a colleague of Alister McGrath as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and remained there until 2007. In 2007, 12 members of the academic staff resigned, critical of the leadership of the college principal, Richard Turnbull. At an employment tribunal in 2008, the college admitted lack of compliance with employment law and was ordered to pay compensation. Turnbull was removed from his post in 2012. Storkey continues to teach on the Christian Mind course at Oxford University,[12] and has been a lecturer with the Montgomery Trust since 2001.[13] She became a member of High Table at Newnham College, Cambridge, in January 2008. From February 2009 to September 2012 she was Director of Education and Training for the Church of England's Church Army,[14] in conjunction with York St John University. In the summer of 2009 she held a Templeton-Cambridge Fellowship in Journalism[15] and was Chair of The Church and Media network from 2010 to 2012.[16] Among the public lectures she has given recently are the Frumentius Lectures,[17] the Annual Barnardo Lecture,[18] the "Global Gender Lectures" for the Cymru Institute,[19] the Oliver Lyseight Annual Memorial Lecture,[20] lectures on "Creative Christianity in Popular Culture" at Dordt College, USA.[21] the All Saints Lecture,[22] the Kuyper Lecture in Princeton USA.[23] and lectures on Film and Theology. She has been a regular speaker at the Greenbelt Festival [24]/A fuller list of lectures can be found on the author's webpage.[25] She has been a member of the Emerging Markets Symposium,[26] and The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy.[27]

Storkey lectures across the world, including in Haiti, India, Nepal and Ethiopia, and is a prominent feminist evangelical. Her writings have brought a biblical perspective to the feminist movement.[28] She is concerned to highlight the impact of climate change and global poverty,[29] as well as of sexual violence, on women. She has visited many African countries and been involved in advocacy, with strong links to Heal Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[30] Her widely acclaimed book Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women was published in November 2015 [31]

Awards and honours[edit]

Storkey was given a lifetime achievement award for services to women by the American group CBE in 2008, and in 2013 her alma mater, Aberystwyth University, honoured her with a University Fellowship.[32] In April 2016 she received the Abraham Kuyper Prize from Princeton Theological Seminary, in recognition of her work as a scholar, writer and journalist.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Alan and Elaine Storkey have three sons and six grandchildren. Son: Amos James (1971) m. Helen Shelley 1994, Matthew Emmanuel Milton (1974) m. Annie Watson 1999, Caleb Alexander Titus (1977) m. Kerry Lewis 2008.

Published works[edit]

  • What's Right with Feminism, SPCK, 1985
  • Mary's Story, Mary's Song, Harper-Collins, 1993
  • Magnify the Lord, Harper Collins, 1996
  • The Search for Intimacy, Hodder Headline, 1994
  • Conversations on Christian Feminism, with Margaret Hebblethwaite, Harper-Collins, 1999
  • Created or Constructed: The Great Gender Debate, Paternoster Press, 2000
  • The Origins of Difference, Baker Book House, 2002
  • Word on the Street, Old Hall Press, 2005
  • Scars Across Humanity SPCK November 2015
Other publications
  • "The Production of Social Divisions", Social Sciences: A Foundation, Open University Press, 1985.
  • "Sex and Sexuality in the Church", Mirror to the Church, Editor Monica Furlong, SPCK, 1986.
  • Faith in the Countryside, Report of the Archbishops', Commission on Rural Areas, co-author, 1990
  • "Modernity and Anthropology", in Philip Sampson, Vinay Samuel and Chris Sugden (eds), Faith and Modernity, Lynx, 1994
  • "Dooyeweerd's Anthropology – The Male-Female Dimension", in Sander Griffioen, Bert M. Balk (eds), Christian Philosophy at the Close of the Twentieth Century, Assessment and Perspective, Uitgeverij kok Kampen, 1995
  • "Sexuality and Spirituality", in David Torrance, Family, Sexuality and Spirituality, Hansel Press, 1997
  • "A Commentary – New Testament Study Bible", with Catherine Kroeger and Mary Evans, CUP, 2002
  • "Theology and Gender", in A Cambridge Companion to Evangelical Theology, CUP, 2008.
  • "Religion and Sustainability in Global Perspective" in Sustainability in Crisis, edit Colin Bell, Wordpress 2013


  1. ^ Fellows of Harris Manchester College, Oxford: Anthony Kenny, Terence Copley, Elaine Storkey, Ralph Waller, Raymond Plant [Paperback].
  2. ^ "Thought for the day – search results Elaine Storkey". BBC. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  3. ^ Conversations on Christian Feminism, London: Harper Collins, 1999.
  4. ^ "Women Can Be Priests".
  5. ^ "A Liberating Woman", Christianity Today, Vol. 55, No. 7, July 2011, p, 42.
  6. ^ "The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity". Licc.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.licc.org.uk/tribute.../elaine-storkeys-tribute-to-john-stott-1166[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Dr Elaine Storkey – President of Tearfund". Tearfund. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Fulcrum: "Being Disciples" – 2007 Conference, Elaine Storkey". Fulcrum-anglican.org.uk. 27 April 2007. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  10. ^ https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2013/07/title-137739-en.html
  11. ^ "Previous Lectures". Newcollege.unsw.edu.au. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Elaine Storkey | Oxford Christian Mind Programme". Oxfordchristianmind.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  13. ^ The Montgomery Trust. Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Elaine Storkey appointed new Director of Training at Church Army", ChurchArmy Online, 13 February 2009.
  15. ^ "About the Fellowship". Templeton-Cambridge. 13 June 2009. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  16. ^ "Elaine Storkey to lead Church and Media Network". Themedianet.org. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  17. ^ "EGST". Egst-addis.org. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  18. ^ "Events – forthcoming events for doctors and medical professionals". Cmf.org.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ "Cardiff Wales | CICC Online (The Cymru Institute for Contemporary Christianity)". CICC Online. 21 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  20. ^ Administrator on 1 (17 January 2011). "The Oliver Lyseight Annual Lecture 2011". N.T.C.G. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  21. ^ Conference 2012, Dordt College.
  22. ^ http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/All-Saints-Annual-Lecture---October-26th-2016
  23. ^ http://av.ptsem.edu/detailedplayer.aspx?PK=7ed022d5-3903-e611-b265-0050568c0018.
  24. ^ http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/lastest-lineup-announcements-greenbelt-2016.
  25. ^ storkey.info
  26. ^ storkey.info
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ "Newbold College: Article". Newbold.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  29. ^ "The Baptist Times (May 8, 2008)". Exacteditions.com. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  30. ^ Heal Africa website.
  31. ^ file:///Users/elainestorkey/Documents/Scars%20Across%20Humanity/Reviews/Review%20CT%20Mark%20Woods.html
  32. ^ "Dr Elaine Storkey honoured",Aberystwyth University, 11 July 2013.
  33. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016.

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