A Year with

the Gospel

of John




During this church year we are doing a deep dive into the Gospel of John. Our Sunday morning services will include readings and teaching from John's Gospel. The year was inspired by Professor David Ford's new commentary on John. One of our worship leaders, Barry Hart, has written a new song based on the Prologue to John's Gospel, which we are enjoying singing as part of some of our worship. There will also be special events throughout the year.

We look forward to welcoming MAGGI DAWN to St Andrew's in October to speak on the topic of Storytelling in John's gospel. The gospels are often read in fragments, as readers and preachers pore over them section by section to understand the theological points being made. But supposing we read them in the same way we would read a novel – letting the arc of the narrative gradually reveal more than can be analysed word by word? Professor Maggi Dawn specialises in reading theology through the lens of the literary arts, and will revisit John’s gospel paying attention to its literary and poetic features, revealing a writer who is not only a theologian and philosopher, but also a dramatic storyteller.

The Rev’d Professor Maggi Dawn MA, Ph.D (Cantab), CCTM, APRS, APSE is an author, musician, songwriter, and theologian. She is currently Professor of Theology at Durham University (UK) and Diocesan Theologian in Rhode Island (USA).


After a first career as a writer and performer the music industry, she studied theology at the University of Cambridge for six years. She was ordained in 1999, and remained in Cambridge as college Chaplain and Fellow, and academic supervisor. In  2011 she moved to Yale University (USA) as Associate Dean of Yale Divinity School, where she also oversaw Marquand Chapel. In 2019 she moved to Durham University, as Professor of Theology and Principal of St Mary’s College.


Maggi has more than 60 songs in publication, and five albums of her own music, as well as numerous appearances on other recordings. She has written five books, including Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England (DLT, 2012). Her publications also include chapters in various collections, journal articles and reviews, and occasional columns for The Guardian, The Christian Century, and The Church Times.