Jayme Reaves

Coordinator, Centre for Encountering the Bible, Short Courses and Programme Leader for Exploring Theology.

Email: jreaves@sarum.ac.uk
+44 (0)1722 424831
Twitter: @jaymereaves

I am a public theologian, and alongside my role at Sarum I work with congregations, organisations, communities, and individuals to reflect on both developing theologies on specific public issues and on theology’s public impact. My book Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality looks at the theology and ethic of providing sanctuary to the threatened other, and how the Western Christian theology and practice of hospitality can be enriched by the recovery of honour and etiquettes related to hospitality as seen in the Jewish and Islamic traditions.

The majority of my work explores the various theological and social legacies created by social injustice, violence, peace, reconciliation and moral courage, with interests in both non-violent resistance and non-confessional and interfaith theological and ethical constructions and practice. Over the last 20 years, I have worked as a consultant, researcher, facilitator, and lecturer in the United States, former Yugoslavia, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland.

My latest book publication, Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality, is available from the Sarum College Bookshop.

Read my contribution to the UN 16 Days Of Activism (06.12.18)– Day 12 on behalf of Shiloh Project

External Roles

  • Freelance Public Theologian (lecturer, facilitator, and author) working with a variety of communities, organisations and individuals on the intersection between theology and public issues
  • Honorary Research Fellow at Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education
  • Consultant to the Reconcilers Together ‘Journey to Hope’ programme based at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
  • Development Team member for Anvil Trust
  • External Research partner for The Shiloh Project, a research partnership project between University of Leeds, University of Sheffield, and University of Auckland (NZ)
  • Co-host of the Outlander Soul podcast

Recent Lectures

  • Beyond Tea & Biscuits: Extending Hospitality. Sarum College, September 2018
  • #MeToo Jesus: Why Naming Jesus as a Victim of Sexual Abuse Matters. Co-authored & presented with David Tombs at University of Sheffield’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and at Queen’s Theological Foundation, Birmingham (UK), January 2018.
  • We are Made of Stories: Reading Contemporary Fiction as Sacred Text. Draft research paper presented to Society for the Study of Theology Conference, Nottingham (UK), April 2018
  • Cities of Refuge: Exploring Sanctuary & Restorative Culture In The Hebrew Bible. Churches Together in Britain & Ireland’s Churches’ Refugee Network Sanctuary Conference, February 2018
  • Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology & Ethic of Protective Hospitality. Paper delivered to Society for the Study of Theology Annual Conference. Nottingham, UK. April 2017


  • Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality. Eugene, Oregon (US): Wipf & Stock/Pickwick, 2016.
  • Sarah as Victim & Perpetrator: Whiteness, Power, and Memory in the Matriarchal Narrative. Review & Expositor: A Baptist Journal, November 2018.
  • Sexual Abuse and the Violence of the Cross. Paper co-authored with and presented by David Tombs at the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools (ANZATS) Conference, Melbourne, Australia. July 2016.
  • Decade of Anniversaries Toolkit: Understanding Our Past, Shaping Our Future. Co-Authored with Helen McLaughlin. Community Relations Council: Belfast, 2013.
  • “The Role of Protective Hospitality in Building Reconciled Communities,” in Thinking Peace: What is Reconciliation? Issue 7. Corrymeela Community: Belfast, 2013.
  • “Beyond Coffee and Cake Hospitality: Joshua 2:1-22; 6:22-25.” A chapter in Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women by Tracy Kemp Hartman, ed. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2012.
  • “Conference Response.” Being the Other: Theological Students’ Conference 2011. Experiential Learning Paper, no. 6. Irish Peace Centres. (September 2011): 78-81.
  • “The Impossibility of Being ‘All Things to All People’: The Realities of Trying to be a Scholar, Educator, and Activist.” Conference Response Paper. Delivered to the Interface Youth Theologians Conference. Maynooth, Ireland. March 2011.
  • “Clergy and Their Response to Trauma: A Literature Review.” Co-Authored with Vincent, F., Leavy, G., and Brown, C. Belfast: Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health. 2011. Internal publication.
  • “The Holy Rite of Disagreement.” Studying Faith, Practicing Peace. Experiential Learning Paper, no. 4. Peer-reviewed. Belfast: Irish Peace Centres, 2010. pg. 77-83.
  • “Redemption, Resistance and Liberation: A Christian Response to Modern Slavery.” Co-Authored with David Tombs. European Slave Trade Conference. Dublin, Ireland. July 2007.
  • “Room at the Table: The Role of Hospitality in Inter-Religious Life.” In The Place for Others in Our Faith and Life: Foundations for Inter-Religious Peace Education. Building Bridges Towards Peace and Reconciliation in South-East Europe in partnership with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and World Council of Churches’ South-East European Ecumenical Partnership (SEEEP). Sarajevo: Abraham: Association for Inter-Religious Peace Work, 2004. (A collection of papers and a corresponding workbook was published in Bosnian as a result of this project in order to assist local religious communities with issues arising from the legacy of ethno-religious conflict.)


  • PhD, Trinity College, University of Dublin: ‘Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality’
  • M.Phil Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation, Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • M.Div, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (Virginia, US)
  • B.A. History, Union University (Tennessee, US)

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • British & Irish Association for Practical Theology
  • Society for the Study of Theology
  • Northern Ireland Inter-Faith Forum
  • Healing Through Remembering
  • Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
  • Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network
  • Postcolonial Theology Network
  • WATER (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, & Ritual)