Decolonising Theological Education: Lecture series and conference

Will the Sun Ever Set? Decolonising Theological Education in Anglicanism and Beyond

In a world marked by the pain of racial discrimination and the anger of racial injustice, the church needs leaders shaped by the radical inclusivity of God. How is this possible when much of the church’s culture and history is arguably shaped by colonialism and so much of our ministerial formation remains influenced by colonialist thinking? The Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and Ripon College Cuddesdon are hosting a series of events to engage with this question.

The Programme:

Three afternoon lectures online, with leading guest speakers in the field.

Each lecture is at 5.00-6.30pm UK time on the Cuddesdon Zoom channel at a cost of £10 each. You will be emailed the Zoom link on booking online below or by email:

13 Oct The Very Rev. Dr Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, and Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology, Union Theological Seminary    
20 Oct Prof. Vince Bantu, Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary  
3 Nov Prof. Kwok Pui Lan, Dean’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University Book

A day conference, with papers from established and emerging thinkers (online or in-person)

Friday, 12 November, 10.30am - 4.00pm

10:30-11:00             Coffee and Welcome

11:00-12:00             Anthony Reddie, Decolonising the Curriculum of Theological Education @ Deconstructing the Centrality of Whiteness

12:00-12:30             Mai Misaki, “We Have Always Known God” Decolonising and Indigenising Christianity in French Polynesia

12:30-13:00             Helen Stanton and Evie Vernon O’Brien, “The Master’s Tools Can Never Dismantle the Master’s House” A Feminist and Womanist Post-Colonial Critique of Anglican Ministerial Formation

13:00-14:00             Lunch

14:00-14:30             Chen Yin-An, Walking While Asking Questions in Theological Education: Decolonising as Decanonising the Universalism of Western Theologies

14:30-15:00             Coffee

15:00-16:00             Mark Chapman, History, Empire and Formation.

In-person at Ripon College Cuddesdon, to include lunch and refreshments, £50  Book            

Online attendance on Zoom, £20                                                                                           Book

For all enquiries: or 01865 874404