Extended Website and First Seminars - Interweavings No 1 Aug 2015
by Graham Kings
Date added: 31/08/2015
A. Why Interweavings?
Theology clearly has to take ‘context’ seriously, both the original contexts of texts and events and the contemporary varied contexts around the world.
The modern meaning of ‘context’ may suggest rootedness and diversity. Intriguingly, the Latin verb contextere means to ‘braid’, ‘weave’ or ‘connect’ i and so this etymology may hint also at unity and links.
I hope to weave together various thoughts and reflections as I travel to Durham and around the world, learning of theologies in different contexts, suggesting connections and encouraging the publication of discoveries across the continents.
B. New Domain Address and Extended Website
Although searches on the former site will be automatically forwarded to the new site, it may be good to make a note of this in your ‘contacts’ and ‘favourites’ lists.
The new domain name is much easier to pronounce. I found myself saying ‘search under Mission Theology Anglican’ as the best way to find the previous site, and then – during Evensong at Durham Cathedral – it dawned on me that it would actually be better to change to that address.
Please browse through the new sections. This is very much an interactive project and we hope you will help us improve the site over the months ahead by:
- Signing up for updates of new articles: you will receive a short email from Claire Reynolds, Research Assistant, when new articles are published. This is open to everyone.
- Registering to comment and take part in our international dialogue. This is open to all theologians, and scholars of other disciplines, and will allow you to post comments on articles and participate in conversations on this site. Comments are moderated and we suggest a maximum of 400 words.
- Emailing Claire Reynolds firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions for the new Resources section or any other improvements or questions.
On the new site, we have added a strap line of ‘Offerings from Africa, Asia, Middle East, Latin America’ and four new tabs:
News: links to news items across the Anglican Communion
Seminars: details of seminars in the UK and around the world
Resources: books, book series, articles, poems, proverbs, riddles, insights and wit
Galleries: with photos, videos and art
C. Two Seminars led by Professor Joseph Galgalo at Lambeth Palace (20 Oct) and in Durham (10 Nov)
I am delighted that the Revd Professor Joseph Galgalo, Vice-Chancellor of St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya, will be the first guest in the UK of this project, from mid-October to mid-November 2015. He is a highly respected African theologian, with a BD from Limuru and a PhD from Cambridge (entitled ‘Eucharistic Sacrifice: a theological study of the sacrificial interpretation of the early Eucharist and its role in the economy of salvation c.30-202).
He has transformed St Paul’s University, Limuru. In his first three years, student numbers increased from 2000 to 6000; academic staff from 100 to 300; and six new university buildings were put up without overseas grants.
He will be leading two seminars, which will each include his paper and plenty of time for discussion.
Tuesday 20 October 2015, 3.00pm at Lambeth Palace, London, ‘Developments and Trends in African Christianity: an Anglican Kenyan Perspective’.
Tuesday 10 November 2015, 2.30pm at Durham University, ‘The Place of Theology in the Contemporary University’.
For an invitation (which is needed), please email Claire Reynolds email@example.com
The papers will be published on this site.
So, I hope you will enjoy browsing this extended site and will contribute to its growth over the months and years. Please remember this project in your prayers and consider passing on the news.
With best wishes in Christ
i Daniel W Hardy pointed out at a symposium in 1991 in Dunedin, New Zealand, that although the modern meaning of ‘context’ may sometimes be used to divide and confront, etymologically its meaning is to interweave and connect. ‘The Future of Theology in a Complex World’ in Daniel W Hardy God’s Ways With The World: Thinking and Practising Christian Faith (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1996), pp. 31-50.