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Department of Theology and Religion

Profiles

Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings

Honorary Fellow (1 Feb 2015 - 31 Jan 2018), Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 787501
Room number: SPCK, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST

Contact Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings (email at graham.kings@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

I started as the inaugural Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion in July 2015. The research post is a partnership between the Archbishop of Canterbury, Durham University and the Church Mission Society.

The purpose is to encourage Anglican theologians, in their ecumenical contexts, in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to write, network, publish and engage with theologians in the global North.

Further details of the project, with articles and resources, are on our web site: www.missiontheologyanglican.org

The project is part of the new Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies in Durham University, directed by Professor Michael Snape, Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies.

I live in London, have a research desk at Lambeth Palace Library, and am in Durham for three days every three weeks, as an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion. I am also on the SCR of St John’s College and St Chad’s College and Hon Assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of Durham and Southwark.

I am the General Editor of a new SPCK book series Anglican Theologies: African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American, which will be co-published with publishers in the global South.

I chair two seminars a term at Durham University, which are repeated at Lambeth Palace in London, and three or four ‘writing-for-publication-conferences’ a year over four days in the global South. The papers of the UK seminars and global conferences are published on our site, together with my monthly articles, ‘Interweavings’. ‘Writing-for-publication-sabbaticals’ are also organised in Durham, Oxford and Cambridge, in the UK, and in Virginia and Pennsylvania, in the USA.

I enjoyed studying Jurisprudence for a year, and Theology for three years, at the University of Oxford, (BA, MA); New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge (DipTh – postgraduate one year course, formerly Part III of the Tripos, while also training for ordination at Ridley Hall); and Theology at Utrecht University (PhD).

After a four year curacy in inner city London, I served as Vice Principal of St Andrew’s College, Kabare, Kenya, for 7 years (1985-91) as a Church Mission Society mission partner, was involved in building a library and archive centre there and had my theology transformed by learning from African theologians.

In the Cambridge Theological Federation, from 1992-2000, I was the inaugural Henry Martyn Lecturer in Mission Studies and, from 1995, founding Director of the Henry Martyn Centre for the study of Mission and World Christianity, at Westminster College, renamed the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014.

In the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, I was Affiliated Lecturer 1996-2000, supervised an MPhil in African Theology, was secretary of the conference ‘Searching for God in Europe and Africa’ 1995, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, attracted the ‘Currents in World Christianity’ project, also funded by Pew, to the Faculty, directed by Dr Brian Stanley, a 6 year international, interuniversity project which produced, to date, 24 books in the series Studies in the History of Christian Missions(Eerdmans, 2000-) and attracted the ‘Christianity in Asia’ project to the Faculty, directed by Dr Archi Lee and Dr Sebastian Kim, which produced Christian Theology in Asia (CUP, 2008).

Into the Cambridge University Library, I arranged for the SPCK library and archives to move from London in 1998. In the African Studies Centre I was the Faculty of Divinity member on the board 1995-2000.

At The Divinity School, Yale University, I was a Visiting Fellow, during the Fall of 1992 and the Spring of 1998.

I am member of the International Association of Mission Studies and served as the European Member of the Executive of this professional academic body, and convenor of the Patristics and Mission group, 1996-2002.

I have been an External Examiner for PhDs at Monash University, Australia and at the University of Oxford, and a Visiting Lecturer at King’s College, London, St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya, and the Pontifical Urban University, Rome.

From 2000 to 2009, I served at Vicar of St Mary Islington, in the Diocese of London, and from 2009 to 2015 as Bishop of Sherborne in the Diocese of Salisbury.

Articles

Over 70 articles on Fulcrum (index here)

11 Guardian articles (index here)

9 Times articles (index here)

Articles on the Mission Theology website (index here plus here)

Interweavings on the Mission Theology website (index here)

Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book