He left academia in 1992 to become an ordained minister in the Church of England, working first in rural parishes in north Oxfordshire before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, Richard Harries, and Chaplain of Headington School. In 2001 he was appointed a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral and became the founding Director of St Paul’s Institute, specialising in the relationship between theology, economics and ethics. He left St Paul’s in 2008 to take up the post of Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, which is both the cathedral for the Diocese of Oxford and a college in the University of Oxford. In 2013 he will be leaving Christ Church to become Principal of Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity and study centre in Windsor Great Park.
Edmund writes and speaks on religion and economics, and has served as a member of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group. Among his publications, he is the co-author of What Can One Person Do? (a Christian response to the Millennium Development Goals) and Ethics in Investment Banking, launched in St Paul’s Cathedral just a few days before the arrival of Occupy London.
He also has a strong interest in contemporary music and the performing arts in worship and spirituality. He has collaborated on projects with artists including Adrian Snell (Seven Words, The Cry), Beth Nielsen Chapman (If Love Could Say God’s Name), Jeany Spark, Nick Bicât, Philip Ridley and Mary Leay (Grimm Tales), and Christine Collister (How Sweet the Sound!). These have led to publications, CD and DVD releases, broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 and Premier Radio, and performances at Washington National Cathedral, the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, the Greenbelt Festival, Lee Abbey and elsewhere. He has a longstanding relationship with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance through its Cathedral Dance Research Project, and has taught on their MA course.
A BBC broadcast from the top of St Paul’s Cathedral reflecting on the cityscape stimulated an interest in the theology of place, and he has lectured and led retreats on the subject at the University of Lampeter, Lee Abbey, and elsewhere, and is currently working on a project exploring the relationship between religion and the sea.
Edmund is Programme Director of the University of Oxford’s Theology Summer School, Cathedral Programme Director of the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival, a trustee of several charities, a member of three academic advisory boards, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts.