Simon Cross is a community activist, interfaith facilitator, chaplain, meditation teacher, writer, and student of theology. Simon is researching ways in which spiritual capital may be said to develop in post secular society, and speaks on a variety of topics related to spirituality and progressive approaches to Christianity.
Born in Scotland and raised in rural Northumberland, he went on to study Politics and Sociology at University, before embarking on a career in journalism. After a number of years as a freelance news reporter, he moved in to community work and currently works for Oasis as Chaplain to their Grimsby Hub. Besides his pastoral and community work, Simon pursues postgraduate studies with the University of Hull where he is some way in to a part time theology PhD. He has previously gained postgraduate qualifications in advanced Chaplaincy studies, and the Politics of Positive Peace.
Simon has a fascination with deconstruction and critical thinking, his day to day chaplaincy work includes pastoral and community development work, which he largely reflects on through the lenses of process theology, apophaticism, and theopoetics: challenging widely held distinctions and seeking new (or renewed) connections. He has published on the phenomenon of New Monasticism in the UK, and on nature connection in the Christian tradition. As a journalist Simon wrote for a variety of publications including most of the national daily and Sunday newspapers in the UK, as well as a number of magazines and websites. He and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters.