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Theological educators plan pre-Lambeth Conference episcopal consultations

Posted on: December 20, 2019 11:01 AM
Theological educators and bishops at a Mission Theology conference last year (2018)
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[ACNS, by Staff Writer] Bishops from around the world attending next year’s Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, will be able to take part in two separate consultations on the future of theological education. The first event, at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, will examine what bishops need from theological colleges as they train people for ministry; while the second, at St Mellitus College, London, will explore innovative ways of training clergy and lay ministers.

Both events will take place in July and have been planned to take place at a time when Anglican bishops from around the world are gathered together in the UK.

The Cuddesdon event has been organised by the Theological Education department at the Anglican Communion Office. Taking place from 15 to 17 July, it will be a structured conversation between bishops, principals and deans from the global South and global North on the leadership of Anglican theological institutions. A cross section of participants have been invited to attend and help develop some guidelines for theological institutions to adopt and adapt in the years ahead.

The second is being hosted in London by St Mellitus College and the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke Divinity School. Held on 21st July, this will focus on fruitful and innovative approaches to leadership development and ministry training with voices from across the globe.  Organisers said: “with bishops from across the globe convening for the Lambeth Conference, this will be a unique opportunity to address the provision of leadership – clergy, bishops, and laity – for the future of Anglican churches worldwide.”

“I am delighted that these consultations are taking place in the run up to the Lambeth Conference”, the Director for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, Dr Stephen Spencer, said. “Training, education and formation are central to the future growth and health of Anglican churches across the globe. These consultations will help bishops and theological institutions discern and promote some of the most fruitful ways of doing these things.

“These are two wonderful opportunities to encourage and promote theological education across the Anglican Communion.”