Kenneth Leech

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Kenneth Leech (born 1939) is an Anglican priest and Christian socialist in the Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Leech graduated with a BA degree in 1961 from King's College London and then went to Trinity College, Oxford. After theological studies at St Stephen's House, Oxford he was ordained to the priesthood in 1965. He served in urban London parishes afflicted by poverty and confronted issues of racism and drug abuse. He co-founded the Jubilee Group in 1974 and is an advocate of contextual theology. He founded the charity Centrepoint which became the United Kingdom's leading national charity tackling youth homelessness.[1]

He was Director of the Runnymede Trust think-tank from 1987 to 1990.


  • Youthquake (Sheldon 1973)
  • Soul Friend: A Study of Spirituality (1977) (HarperSanFrancisco; Reprint edition, 1992)
  • True Prayer (London, Sheldon Press, 1980) (Morehouse Publishing; Reprint edition, 1995)
  • The Social God (London, Sheldon Press, 1981)
  • Essays Catholic and Radical ed. with Rowan Williams (Bowerdean 1983)
  • True God (1985)
  • Experiencing God (London, Sheldon Press, 1985)
  • Spirituality and Pastoral Care (1986)
  • Struggle in Babylon (London, Sheldon Press, 1988)
  • The Eye of the Storm: Spiritual Resources for the Pursuit of Justice (London, Darton, Longman and Todd, 1992)
  • Subversive Orthodoxy: Traditional Faith and Radical Commitment (Toronto, Anglican Book Centre, 1992)
  • The Sky is Red: Discerning the Signs of the Times (London, Darton, Longman and Todd, 1997) ISBN
  • We Preach Christ Crucified (Church Publishing, 1994, revised 2006)
  • Through our Long Exile: Contextual Theology and the Urban Experience (London, Darton Longman and Todd, 2001).
  • Doing theology in Altab Ali Park (London, Darton Longman and Todd, 2006)


  1. ^ Community spirit Mark Gould The Guardian 16 June 2004 accessed 5 March 2009

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