Simon Cross is a writer, journalist, activist and academic, working at the intersection of well being, spirituality, mental health, social science, and theology. Simon is 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 brought up 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 devoted nearly a decade to that before returning to freelance work. Simon is currently writing a PhD, 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 to and work with groups on issues such as spirituality and mental health. In his academic work he uses a range of lenses including process philosophy and symbolic interactionism to scrutinise a range of issues and 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.
In the first years of his career 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, magazine features and news about things like mental health and well-being. Simon and his wife, Kelly, have two teenage daughters.