Welcome to Dr Sam Tranter, our new Associate Director. Dr Sam Tranter is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Lecturer in Doctrine and Ethics at Cranmer Hall, St John's College, Durham. Within this role, he co-directs the Durham Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme (with Prof Pete Ward), and the Durham MA in Theology and Ministry. Prior to taking up this post, Sam lectured in theology in the UK and South-East Asia, after doctoral studies here in Durham. Sam's AHRC-funded PhD research has recently been published as Oliver O'Donovan's Moral Theology: Tensions and Triumphs (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2020). His ongoing research interests are in the areas of doctrine, moral/political, and practical theology - and often at the interface of these disciplines. He is a member of the Committee of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics.
The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies promotes pioneering interdisciplinary research into the global Anglican tradition in all its depth and diversity. The Centre reflects the foundational and formative role of the Church of England in the history of Durham University, and the legacy of Durham’s scholar-bishops as embodied in the life and ministry of Michael Ramsey. The Centre is an inclusive community of distinguished researchers from a broad range of disciplines, and is committed to the highest standards of research and the deepest academic engagement with the theology, life, history and traditions of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Moral Injury and Covid-19
Revd Dr Brian Powers, Vann Fellow in Christianity and the Armed Forces
From Faith in the Midst of Violence: The Official Blog of the Vann Fellowship in Christianity and the Military at Durham University
In the past few years there has been an increased attention to instances of what seem to be moral injury in non-military contexts. Recently, papers presented in the moral injury group at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion have applied many of the findings and categorisations that we’ve developed for veterans to identify moral injury in contexts of policing, the legal system, and – perhaps most saliently at the moment – in healthcare.
Each of these contexts does have at least one important correlate with the military: people serving in each deal in high-stakes situations in which the consequences of poor decisions, whether morally deficient, due to inexperience or simple mistake, are life-ending or life-altering for other human beings. Jonathan Shay notably defined moral injury as present when there has been a “betrayal of what’s right by a person in a position of authority in a high-stakes situation.” Perhaps it can be said at the outset that professions that deal in such situations are potentially rife for moral trauma.
In the healthcare setting, the decisions about how to handle Covid-19 have, and will continue to have, significant moral impact on healthcare workers. As we’ve seen, the decisions made by nations at both macro and micro levels have significant consequences. In the UK, the initial decision to adopt a strategy that would achieve “herd immunity” had consequences for the spread of the virus within the country. The decision to clear out hospitals in anticipation of a wave of Covid-19 patients meant that treatments and interventions for non-Covid patients were inevitably postponed, likely to the detriment of those patients’ health. As the hospitals began to see those waves of Covid-19 patients arrive, public health officials and healthcare workers had to develop and enforce policies and rules that would govern the treatment of those patents.
Welcome to the new academic year. Our programme of seminars and lectures for Michaelmas term 2020-21 is as follows:
14 October: Professor Paul Avis (Durham University), ‘Archbishop William Temple (1881-1944) in the Long View’, 4.00-5.30 p.m.
11 November: Robbins Lecture, in conjunction with Durham Cathedral. Canon Professor Michael Snape (Durham University), ‘Anglicans, Remembrance and the Memorialisation of Military Service in the British Isles and the United States after the First World War’, 7.00-8.30 p.m. This lecture marks the centenary (to the day) of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, and the dedication of the Cenotaph at Whitehall. It also touches on Durham-related commemoration (especially the DLI Chapel), on the views of Hensley Henson, and on the significance of wider developments in the British Isles and the US.
25 November: Cranmer Hall Seminar, (TBC) Revd A.D.A. France-Williams, ‘(Title TBC)’, 4.00-5.30 p.m.
2 December: ACO seminar: Professor Esther Mombo (Director of International Partnerships and Alumni Relations, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya), ‘Women’s Perspectives in East African Anglicanism’, 4.00-5.30 p.m.
Please note that all lectures and seminars will take place virtually, using Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend a lecture or seminar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to the event.
- Goodbye and thanks to our Centre Administrator
- Keynote recordings from Anglican-Catholic Relations conference online
- New volume in National Prayers series published
- New episodes of ‘Talking Theology’ podcast released
- CFP: ‘Religion and the Ending of War’
- Centre members contribute to MA modules on Anglican and global theologies with Cranmer Hall
- New article from Brian Powers in Scottish Journal of Theology
- Mike Higton becomes Society for the Study of Religion President
- Work from centre members leads to new volume on The Church of England and British Politics
- Prof Philip Williamson surveys history of national days of prayer for Church Times
11 November: Robbins Lecture, in conjunction with Durham Cathedral. Canon Professor Michael Snape (Durham University), ‘Anglicans, Remembrance and the Memorialisation of Military Service in the British Isles and the United States after the First World War’, 7.00-8.30 p.m.
This lecture marks the centenary (to the day) of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, and the dedication of the Cenotaph at Whitehall. It also touches on Durham-related commemoration (especially the DLI Chapel), on the views of Hensley Henson, and on the significance of wider developments in the British Isles and the US.
Please note that this year's lectures and seminars will take place virtually, using Microsoft Teams. If you would like to attend this lecture, please email email@example.com and we will send you a link to the event.