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UTU membership brings you into a national network of people living out their Christian faith in urban context. Members also receive regular newsletters, email updates, and elect our trustees who are all members of the Urban Theology Union.

Members also have lending access to our library and other resources at the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield and receive discounts on some in-house books and courses.

Membership Form

Our Story so far… 

In 1969, inspired by base communities in South America and New York, Revd Dr John Vincent set out to equip and encourage a new generation in the British urban church.

The Urban Theology Union continues to have a reputation for radical contextual theology. UTU was built by its members and is re-learning how to be member-led and member-driven: true to its founding vision.

We are an ecumenical, charitable organization that continues to equip and encourage the urban church; disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed. We are a growing organisation and always welcome new members to get involved.

Our new resource centre – the Urban Theology Unit – is in the heart of Sheffield but our members are invited to meet locally for study and action. If you are a member who would like to get connected in your region please let us know.

Honorary Supervisors

All our PhD students are supervised by more than one person. From time to time we are looking for new volunteer co-supervisors for which we can pay expenses.

This is an opportunity to learn the craft of supervision alongside staff who have an average of more than 30 years experience. It is also a great way to find to enjoy being alongside someone as they push the boundaries of a new idea or research area.

Please get in touch if you have a PhD (Theology,. Biblical Studies, etc) and would like to apply to join the team.

Email Dr Ian Duffield, Director of Studies

Volunteers and Vacancies

Part-time Administrative Assistant

Hourly rate: £8.75 per hour for six hours per week initially (may be increased to nine hours per week)

A permanent, part-time vacancy exists for an Administrative Assistant to work six hours per week (two 3 hour sessions worked over two mornings), may be increased to nine hours per week, based at our office in the centre of Sheffield. This is a pensionable post though you can opt-out if you wish to.

The job comprises core administrative tasks: word processing, record keeping, electronic and paper filing, dealing with telephone queries, providing administrative assistance to the Office Manager relating to teaching and the study schedules etc. It also requires updating the social media presence of UTU.

The applicant must have a friendly interpersonal style and accurate literacy and numeracy ability, as well as administrative and word processing skills, and a proficient working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite. Previous office based administrative experience either as an employee or a volunteer essential.

An Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification can be obtained from Urban Theology Union, Lower Ground Floor, Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB, via email on office[AT], or downloaded from below.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Informal enquires to Helen Coates: Office Manager on 0114 2709907 who will be contactable on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from Tuesday 2nd Jan 2018.

Closing date : 22/1/2018.

UTU Admin Assistant advert

UTU Administrative Assistant Job Description

Admin assistant Application Form

We are always interested in volunteers and in members volunteering! Here are just some of the roles you could apply to help with:

  • Administrative support
  • Library support
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Connecting with other members
  • IT and Marketing
  • Speaking at the Colloquium
  • Editorial support for writing and publishing projects
  • Teaching and supervising

Email Helen Coates, Office Manager

UTU is a charitable organisation limited by guarantee. 

Our charitable objectives are:

  • The promotion of the Christian religion and the development of Christian ministry in urban communities
  • The promotion and provision of schemes of study and training including courses and lectures for the ordained and lay people of research projects and the publication of the results of research directed at relating Christianity to the needs and opportunities of urban communities
  • The promotion of such other charitable purposes as may from time to time be determined

We do not have a statement of beliefs or require members to assent to one. We respect the diversity of our ecumenism, with our shared objectives, and commit ourselves to faith in action.

Registered Charity No: 1115390  |  Company Ltd by Guarantee Reg No 5763786


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