Conference Info > Romancing the Resurrection
Tony Bartlett of Bexley Hall Divinity School
Romancing the Resurrection
Cultural Evidences of the Risen Christ
May 2, 2009 10am-4pm
Akron Mennonite Church Akron, PA
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Tony Bartlett’s Bio
Tony Bartlett: I was born in 1946 in the shadow of World War II. My father had served in the British army in India and took ship back to England directly they dropped the bomb on Japan. My mother gave birth a year later. She was from Ireland, one of eleven sisters and brothers. Her parents had brought them up busting a living from rock and peat moors wedged in a vast horizon of water, Galway Bay in the west, Loch Corrib in the east, streams underfoot and rain in the air. Three older siblings emigrated to the U.S., but by the time my mother was eighteen the Depression curtailed U.S. immigration and she moved to England. She brought to the land of the enemy fervent national Catholicism and a passion for literature.
As a little boy and teenager the Roman Catholic priesthood was destiny. It seemed to be the only thing that made sense. I was ordained in 1973 within a religious congregation, the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bound by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. I studied with the Jesuits, first in the Pontifical Athanaem in Oxfordshire and then Heythrop College at London University. I also spent a year at the Lateran University in Rome. I left the congregation and the priesthood in 1984, finally conscious that it was either life or the institutional priesthood; there could be no middle way.
I ran a mission for homeless people in London’s East End and got married to Linda. We had children, moved to Norfolk, England, and then to Syracuse, U.S.A., where I gained my Ph.D. I am the author of Cross Purposes, The Violent Grammar of Christian Atonement, various papers and articles, and The Jonah Zone, Notes for a Theology of Jesus in the World which is appearing serially as an ebook. I teach as Assistant Professor in Theology at the Episcopal Seminary, Bexley Hall, in Rochester N.Y. Riding from Syracuse by car every week I cross a wetland on highway 90 called the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, known pejoratively to locals as "the swamp." For me it feels immensely prayerful every time I cross that place. It is all the waters on earth that the Wisdom of God hovers over, looking for her home.