Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann

Rachel Mann is an Anglican priest, poet, author and broadcaster. She is a former Resident Poet at Manchester Cathedral and is currently Visiting Fellow at the Manchester Writing School. Her book Fierce Imaginings was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing, and her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Her first novel, The Gospel of Eve, was published in 2020. She regularly broadcasts on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4.

Rachel is presenting from her ‘My Theology’ title: Spectres of God

‘In one’s encounters with the spectres of God one can become at peace with limitation, precariousness, lack of certainty, and one’s fragility and fractures,’ writes Rachel Mann. ‘Equally, one can find in divine fragility the hope of the world.’

In three chapters – on the body, on love, and on time – Mann explores how God invites us to live in a rich three-dimensional mystery which subverts the mundane experiences of modern life and reveals a world rich with purpose at every point.

To be human, she explains, holds together the truths that we are made in blessing, live in complexity, and called into promise.

My Theology is a new series of titles from Darton Longman and Todd in which the world’s leading Christian thinkers explain some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs.