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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

How do intersex and faith identity interact for people in Britain who identify as intersex and Christian? How might healthcare chaplains help to provide improved pastoral and spiritual care for intersex people and the parents of children with intersex conditions/DSDs? What are the implications of intersex/DSD for church policy makers, theologians, and people of faith?

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End of project

The Intersex, Identity and Disability project ended in August 2013. However, resources are still available for download from the tab on the right of this page, and further publications will appear in due course.

Susannah Cornwall may now be contacted on


Publication of paper in Practical Theology

A paper by Susannah Cornwall drawing on research carried out as part of the Intersex, Identity, Disability: Issues for Public Policy, Healthcare and the Church project will appear in the new issue of Practical Theology. The full details are:

Cornwall, Susannah (2013), "British Intersex Christians' Accounts of Intersex Identity, Christian Identity and Church Experience", Practical Theology 6.2, 220-236

This paper includes excerpts from interviews with intersex Christians in Britain which took place during 2012 as part of the project.




This week, Postcolonial Networks' online magazine Plural Space features a guest post by Susannah Cornwall, entitled "Erasing Intersex: Christian Theology and Sexual Empire". Postcolonial Networks is a partner research organization of the Lincoln Theological Institute.


Online publication of four briefing papers 

Four briefing papers produced by Susannah Cornwall as part of the Intersex, Identity, Disability: Issues for Public Policy, Healthcare and the Church project are now available as free downloadable PDFs. The papers are designed to introduce different groups of people to the issues surrounding intersex conditions in Christian theological perspective.


Briefing Paper 1 outlines what intersex conditions/DSDs are and how they have been treated medically, giving information about the causes and frequency of specific conditions. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 2 is designed particularly for people concerned with the pastoral and spiritual care of people with intersex conditions/DSDs and the families of intersex children – for example, Christian ministers, and those who work in healthcare chaplaincy. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 3 focuses on the implications of the existence of intersex conditions/DSDs for the Christian churches’ policy and teaching on sex, gender and sexuality. It is particularly designed for those involved in reviews of policy on human sexuality and gender, and for social responsibility officers and those involved in equalities and diversity work. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 4 gives an overview of the specifically theological implications of the existence and treatment of intersex conditions/DSDs from a Christian perspective. It is particularly designed for clergy and church leaders, those involved in theological education on sex, gender and sexuality, and anyone else interested in theological anthropology. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

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Updated versions of leaflets for parents

Updated versions of two leaflets designed for healthcare chaplains to use in their ministry with parents of children with intersex conditions/DSDs are now available to download from the Resources tab.

A Precious Creation is a multifaith leaflet intended for chaplains to use with the parents of children born with intersex conditions/DSDs. You Knit Me Together in my Mother's Womb is a version for Christian parents.

These leaflets are freely available to download as PDF files. You may also download, print and distribute them, but if you do so you are asked to e-mail to help us keep track of where the leaflets are being used. You are also asked to check for updates to the leaflet during the active life of the project (2011-13) and to ensure you are using the most recent version available.