Centre for Theology and Cultural Engagement (CTCE)
What is CTCE?
CTCE is a research community and network that seeks to explore and develop theological proposals and resources for engaging creatively and Christianly with the multifaceted dimensions of contemporary cultures.
The centre will be an advocate for an interdisciplinary methodology inspired by a biblical imagination, recognising and embracing the ever increasing importance and complexity of human cultures in our global and digital environments.
CTCE will focus specifically on research, networking and resourcing:
- Developing an international research community orientated toward the theology and praxis of cultural engagement
- Exploring and developing the theological, philosophical, scientific, socio- political, economic and anthropological dimensions and narratives of human cultures
- Exploring the interfaces between popular and contemporary cultures and religious narratives and themes
- Exploring and defining the biblical dimensions of cultural engagement
- Developing and exploring the inter-relationships between the digital environment, the information age and globalization
- Creating and supporting research fellowships in the expanding field of the theology and praxis of cultural engagement and transformation
- Developing a research environment, research options and projects for innovators, entrepreneurs and creative communicators in the field
- Providing opportunities for interdisciplinary conversations, seminars, conferences, research papers and publications to expand the field of enquiry
- Interfacing with developments in digital technology and the media
- Developing and expanding networks and ecumenical resources to help church leaders develop a ministry of cultural engagement in a post-Christendom culture
Director of Research: Revd Dr Colin Greene
Before joining the team at CODEC Colin was Professor of Theological and Cultural Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School, Seattle, USA (2005-7) and before that Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of Systematic Theology at Seattle Pacific University (2003-5). From 1996-2003 he was Head of Theology and Public Policy for the British and Foreign Bible Society. His innovative work and writing in the area of theology and cultural engagement earned him a reputation as one of the leading thinkers about gospel and culture issues in Britain. He has published a number of books: Christology in Cultural Perspective: Marking out the Horizons (Paternoster/ Eerdmans, 2004) won an award from the Academy of Parish Clergy as one of the top ten books of 2004. He has written numerous articles and book chapters and was theological consultant, editor and contributor to the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar (8vols published by Paternoster and Zondervan 2000-8 as well as other highly acclaimed media, arts and education projects. His latest book, written in partnership with his former colleague, Dr Martin Robinson, is Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination with its own website: www.meta-vista.org