SofP1Simon Cross is a writer and researcher, currently investigating ways in which spiritual capital may be said to develop in post secular society, looking particularly at the motivation that underlies participation in activity for the common good.

Born in Scotland and raised in rural Northumberland, he went on to study Politics and Sociology before embarking on a career in journalism. After learning the craft as a Press Agency staffer he spent a number of years as a freelance writer before moving in to community work. He went on to work for Oasis Community Partnerships for nearly a decade before returning to freelance work. Simon is some way in to a part time PhD with the University of Hull having previously been awarded postgraduate qualifications from Staffordshire University and Lancaster University.

Simon is an interdisciplinary writer, and prefers to look for links rather than boundaries. As well as teaching social sciences to Undergraduates and continuing to work on a number of community projects, he travels widely to talk and work with groups on issues such as spiritual deconstruction and topics related to progressive Christianity. In his academic work he uses a range of lenses inlcuding process theology and symbolic interactionism to scrutinise a range of social issues and theological ideas: challenging widely held distinctions and seeking new (or renewed) connections. He has previously published on the phenomenon of New Monasticism in the UK, and on nature connection in the Christian tradition.

As a news journalist Simon wrote for a variety of publications including most of the national daily and Sunday newspapers in the UK, as well as a broad range of magazines and websites. He continues to write music reviews, and articles about mental health and well-being. Simon and his wife, Kelly, have two teenage daughters.