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Dr Montagu Barker enjoying a discussion with OCMS scholar Brainerd Prince
Lectures and Study
Lectures are a normal occurrence in the city of Oxford. Public lectures at OCMS started in the late eighties. This happened in response to requests from returning overseas scholars, and some Oxford-based institutions, who were interested in learning more about the view of mission and ministry underlying the work of OCMS.
This legacy evolved into the weekly Tuesday Lectures. The topics reflect the diversity of Christian backgrounds, cultural contexts and multidisciplinary nature of mission studies being done at OCMS. These lectures have been the primary source of original papers published in our peer-reviewed journal, Transformation, which facilitates wider dissemination of current thinking in mission studies at OCMS.
These public lectures are intended to contribute to addressing the needs of what Professor Walls calls, ‘Post-Western Christianity,’ focusing particularly on expounding the theological, biblical and missiological contribution the church in the global ‘South’ is making. The dissemination of these lectures through print and audio is expected to be a resource for ‘a new age of Christian scholarship’ in the growing church.
Lectures usually start at 11am. The OCMS Website calendar has a full list of times, dates and any changes to the schedule.
Poetry as Research and Therapy
Dr Ben Knighton
"Ranking the Research Skills for your Research Project"
Dr Mark Beaumont
Christian views of Muhammad
Dr Benno and Berdine van den Toren
'The changing role of the missionary in a multicultural world'
30th Anniversary Celebrations
Dr Peter Rowan MA PhD (OMF International UK National Director)
Dr Valentin Kozhuharov (Independent researcher)
|“Christian education at states schools in Europe”|
"Good News from Africa – Holistic Mission in Action”
Dr George Kunnath (Lecturer in Modern Indian Studies, School of Inter-disciplinary studies, South Asian Studies, Oxford)
'Development Aspirations and Limits of Armed Struggle: Dalits and the Maoist Movement in India'
Dr Ruth Porter (Communications Director, Institute of Economic Affairs)
"Communicating good research"
Dr Amos Yong
“From Every Tribe, Language, People, and Nation: Diaspora, Hybridity, and the Coming Reign of God”
Dr Julie Ma
|The Role of Christian Women in the Global South|
Dr Knud Jorgensen (Areopagos, Norway)
Mission as Ministry of Reconciliation
Prof Kirsteen Kim
"Korean Christianity: Protestant or Catholic?"
Dr Elena Narinskaya Academic Researcher Song School
'Figure of Moses in Three Abrahamic Religions'
Dr Lars Laamann
Syncretic spiritualism in early twentieth-century China
Dr Richard Mccallum
The teaching of Islam in theological colleges
Recent Lectures at OCMS
7th May: Dr Kevin Cawley (Irish Institute of Korean Studies)
'Texts, Contexts and early Catholicism in Korea'
30th April: Edward Mogire
From government to governance:the evolving security architecture in the Horn of Africa'.
23rd April: Dr Maik Arnold
The Religious Self in Mission: A cultural-psychological analysis of autobiographical narratives of German Protestant missionaries
16th April: Dr Shihan Desilva (Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London)
Legacies of Empire and Commerce: Afro-Sri Lankans
9th April: Dr Shabbir Akhtar (CMCS/St Stephen’s Hall)
A Muslim philosopher reads Paul's letter to the Galatians
2nd April: Dr Mark M. Overstreet (Vice President T4 Global)
"Orality: Global Implications for Mission Engagement."
26th March:Dr H. L. Richard
'The Insider Movement Controversy and it Ramifications for Christian Hindu Relations'
19th March: Dr Andy Lord
"Charismatic Church and Mission in Times of Austerity".
13th March: Rev Andrew Stirling
‘Faithfulness in the Canadian Context: The Concreteness of Trinitarian Mission in an age of the ‘God-Idea’.
12th March: Dr Candy Gunther Brown (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University)
"Pentecostal Healing Prayer in an Age of Evidence-Based Medicine."
5th March: Dr Andrea Pass
British women missionaries in India
26th February: Marieke Clarke
“Why Queen Lozikeyi Dlodlo of the Ndebele wanted missionaries”.
19th February: Dr Kathryn Kraft
"Supporting Civil Society in the Middle East through Stories for Peace"
12th February:Professor James Grayson
A Korean Apocalyptic Vision and Old Testament Imagery'.
5th February: Rev Dr Keith Small BA (Western Michigan University) ThM (Dallas Theological Seminary) PhD (Brunel)
"Corrections to Qur'an and New Testament Manuscripts: Snapshots of Textual History"
29th January: Dr Tim Keene
'Reflecting to be transformed, being transformed to reflect.'
22nd January: Dr Tom Harvey
“Word, Revelation and Mission: Integral Biblical Missiological Engagement”.
15th January: Dr Wonsuk Ma
‘Life, Justice and Peace: A Korean Pentecostal Reflection through Isaiah on the 10th Assembly of the WCC’
8th January: Dr Makon Getu
"Microfinance criticism and Christian response"
11th December: Dr Damon So
'Trinity and Mission'
4th December: Professor Daniel Jeyaraj (Liverpool Hope University)
"Hindu-Christian Perceptions in the mission field: a case study of Lutheran and Tamil Bhakti Participants in South India (1712-1714)"
27th November: Dr Daniel Brown
"Kenneth Cragg and the Protestant Moment in Islam"
20th November: Dr Tom Harvey
"Wang Mingdao and the Daode (道德): Enculturation and Biblical interpretation"
Wednesday 14th November: 2pm : Dr Elizabeth Koepping (University of Edinburgh)
'Faith, Culture and the Sin of Silence: Spousal Violence in the Christian World'
13th November: Rev Dr Mark Chan (lecturer in Theology and Research Coordinator, faith and society, CSCA, Trinity Theological College, Singapore)
"Worship, Public Theology and Christian Witness: Some Reflections."
6th November: Ray Hall. (An architect, planner and interior designer based in London)
Exploring the design relationship between God, people and places
30th October: The Revd. Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield. (Director of the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life and Tutor in Christian Life and Thought.)
‘Who am I?’ Some Missiological Implications of Theological Anthropology.
23rd October: The Revd. Canon Mark Oxbrow. International Director, Faiths2Share
"A global survey of current developments with new and emerging mission movements and missional churches"
16th October 2012: Dr William S. Campbell (Reader in Biblical Studies and Islamic Studies, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
"No Distinction or no Discrimination between Jew and Greek: Paul's Ethnic Discourse"?
Monday 15th October: Fr Martin Ritsi (Executive Director Orthodox Christian Mission centre Florida)
Orthodox Mission: Contemporary praxis in historical context
9th October: Dr David Adams. Good Work Witney
"How you get there is where you'll arrive: means and ends in practitioner research"
2nd October: Dr Younghae, Chi,
‘How do we own things? An Augustinian view of ownership’.
25th September: Dr Sas Conradie
Biblical generosity and mission giving in a changing world context’
18th September: Dr Silviu Tatu (Associate Professor of OT Exegesis and Theology at the Pentecostal Theological Institute in Bucharest)
The call of Abram: when was it heard and fulfilled? A study in inner-textuality.
11th September: Dr Kang San Tan
"Why Christian missions was unsuccessful among Asian Religions?"
4th September: Revd Dr Benno Van den Toren(Academic Dean and Tutor in Doctrine at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford)
“Teaching Ethics in the Face of Africa’s Moral Crisis: Reflections from a Guest”
31st July 2012: Dr Samuel Cyuma:
Reconciliation:The Third Way Paradigm
24th July 2012: Dr Joshua Iyadurai ( Director, Mylapore Institute for indigenous Studies)
“Step Model of Transformative Religious Experiences”
17th July 2012: Dr Anya Munster:
"Transnationl Islamic Networks"
10th July 2012: Dr Thomas Jansen (Lecturer in Chinese Studies/Confucius Institute Director. School of Cultural Studies. University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus)
“Christianity on the Ground: Chinese Sectarianism and Christian Missions in 19th Century China”
3rd July 2012: Dr Joshva Raja (Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham)
"Myths, Media and Mission: A Mythical representation of Religions in the Media and the challenges for Christian Mission Today"
26th June 2012: Dr Kathy Ehrensperger, Reader in New Testament Studies, School of Theology, Religion and Islamic Studies University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter
"Speaking Greek under Rome: Paul, the Language of Power and the Power of Language"
19th June 2012: Revd. Dr Tim Naish, Dean of the Oxford Ministry Course and Lecturer in Missiology, Ripon College Cuddesdon.
"Paying Attention: Towards a Theology of Mission as Healing"
12th June 2012: Dr Marcelo Vargas
"Native Neopentescostals in Latin America"
5th June 2012 - BANK HOLIDAY - NO LECTURE
"Christ, Culture and Religion"
29th May 2012: Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali(Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy & Dialogue)
"The Person and Work of Christ"
22nd May 2012: Rt. Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali
'Reducing Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa: Role of renewable energy'
15th May 2012: Professor Deryke Belshaw
'A Theological Reflection on the Social Involvement of Churches - from the Contemporary Romanian Context'
Friday 11th May 2012: Professor Otniel Bunaciu
'The Problem of Evil'
8th May 2012: Professor Richard Swinburne
'Korean Confucian Distinctive: A cross-cultural perspective reflected in Korean churches'
1st May 2012: Rev Dr Soo Bong Park (Joseph)
'A Reflection on Christian Mission in the 21st Century with Special reference to the Church of Nigeria.'
24th April 2012: Dr Stephen Fagbemi
"Islam's Platonism behind the mask of Liberalism"
17th April 2012: Dr Roy Jackson
"The Great Delusion: post-colonial language policy for mission and development in Africa reviewed"
10th April 2012: Dr Jim Harries
"Writing up imaginatively: emotions, temporalities and social encounter"
3rd April 2012: Dr Elizabeth Tonkin
"How We Lived Before White Men Came: Meru, Kenya: The Life & Death of the Witchcraft Guilds--Meru, Kenya"
27th March 2012: Professor Jeff Fadiman
'Shaped by the Story: A Pauline perspective on the story of Christ and our participation in the story of redemption '
20th March 2012: Dr Corneliu Constantineanu (Rector, Institutul Teologic Penticostal din Bucuresti)
The Oasis Foundation
13th March 2012: Stratford Caldecott
"Israel and the Nations in the Book of Isaiah"
6th March 2012: Dr Knut M Heim
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell": A sociological discussion of how converts out of Islam relate to their birth communities
28th February 2012: Dr Kathryn Kraft
"A Challenging Portrait of Asian Pentecostalism"
14th February 2012: Dr Wonsuk Ma
"Perceiving the Eucharist as the Medicine of Life in the Oriental Christian Theology"
21st February 2012: Dr Elena Narinskaya
"Fear of Minorities and Hindu nationalism in India"
7th February 2012: Dr Dibyesh Anand Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster.
"Catholic social teaching and development aid"?
13th December, 2011: Dr Philip Booth (Professor of Insurance and risk management, faculty of actuarial science and statistics, Cass Business School, City University)
C.S. Lewis: Master Communicator
6th December, 2011: Professor Steven A Beebe
Regents and University Destinguished Professor Chair
Department of Communication Studies Associate Dean
College of Fine Arts and Communication Texas State University
San Marcos 2nd Vice President, National Communication Association.
Without Faces: Women's Perspective on Contextual Missiology
29th November, 2011: Dr Cathy Ross (John V Taylor Fellow in Missiology, Regent’s Park College, Oxford)
Worship and Mission
22nd November, 2011: Rev. Dr. Miguel A. Palomino (Church Mission Society
Missiologist-in-Residence and Rector of FATELA)
Has Roland Allen still got anything to say?
15th November, 2011: Dr Hubert Allen
Postscript to his brothers: Reading Alonso De Sandoval's De Instauranda Aethiopum Salute (1627) as a Jesuit spiritual text
8th November, 2011: Dr Ron Morgan
Instructor, Department of Bible, Mission and Ministry, Abilene Christian University
Holy Scriptures and their use by Christians and Muslims in East Africa
1st November, 2011: Dr John Chesworth
Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford
The way of righteousness: a paradigm for Christian mission
25th October, 2011: Dr Pervaiz Sultan
Priest-in-Charge, Highgate and Chaplain at St Alban's Academy (Birmingham)
The Cape Town Commitment: Challenges and Opportunities
18th October, 2011: Dr Chris Wright (Langham Partnership, London)
Christian Views of the Qur'an: past and present
4th October, 2011: Dr Martin Whittihgham (Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford)
Transfiguration in Contemporary Christian Theology: Spirituality and Mission of the Church today
27th September, 2011: Dr Clare Amos (Director of Theological Studies, The Anglican Communion Theological Education)
Reading Genesis in the Context of Islam
20th September, 2011: Dr Ida Glaser (Associate Tutor and Academic Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford)
Talking about God in Practice
13th September 2011: Dr Clare Watkins (Theological Consultant: Catholic theologian, teacher and writer)
Good news for all? Reflections on the Pentecostal Full Gospel
6th September, 2011: Dr Andy Lord (University of Birmingham)
Inspiration and Challenges fro Cape Town and Edinburgh to Church and Mission
19th August, 2011: Dr Knud Jorgensen
Local Church and Livelihood Construction: Interlocking Social Domains and Evolving Scenarios of Synergy for Mission in Nyamira, Kenya
26th July, 2011: Edward Ontita (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Work, University of Nairobi, and Visiting Tutor, OCMS)
Early Christian Engagement with Poverty
19th July, 2011: Very Rev Dr Richard Finn (Regent, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford)
Research for Development: Why id there so little of it?
12th July 2011: Dr Graham Mytton (Audience Research Training and Consultancy)
Middle East Crisis
'The economic roots of the Middle East uprising' - Dr Adeel Malik
'Egypt, Israel and the Middle East Turmoil' - Dr Kameel Majdali
'Christians in the Middle East: past, present and future' - Colin Chapman
July 5th 2011: A One Day Conference 10.30 - 4.30
Helical Capitalism - A New Solution to an Old Problem
7th June, 2011: Dr Simon Walker
Professor David Maxwell
14th June, 2011
The implications of Literacy in Buganda in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.
21st June, 2011: Dr Michael Twaddle
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
School of Advanced Studies, University of London
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
School of Advanced Studies, University of London
28th June, 2011: Hubert Allen
The Research Contribution of OCMS
15th March 2011: Professor DP Davies
Trinity St David, University of Wales
The Theology of John: Parallels and anti-parallels with the theologies of other religions
22nd March 2011: Dr Jey Kanagaraj
Formerly, Professor of NT, UBS, Pune; Scholar in Residence at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
The millennial Shift of Global Christianity and Its Implications to Mission: An Initial Reflection
29th March, 2011: Dr Wonsuk Ma
Executive Director, OCMS
Witchcraft’, women and the spirit world: Mt. Kenya’s Meru, 1890s
5th April 2011: Professor Jeff Fadiman
Professor of Global Marketing and Inter-Cultural Communication, School of Business, San Jose State University
Emerging Eucharist: Felicitous Ritualizing for Theological Formation in Emerging Churches
12th April, 2011: Dr Janine Paden Morgan
Instructor, Department of Bible, Mission and ministry, Abilene Christian University
My Research Journey and its Contributions to Inter-community Dialogue
19th April, 2011: Dr Sariya Contractor
The End of the World As We Know It: late modern opportunities and challenges for mission
26th April, 2011: Dr Krish Kandiah
Pentecostal Biblical Interpretation: Principles and Strategies
3rd May, 2011: Dr Andrew Davies
Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Theology & Pentecostal Studies Postgraduate Admissions Tutor School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion University of Birmingham
Analysing Emerging Christianities: Recent Insights from Social Sciences
10th May, 2011: Dr Paul Kollman
17th May, 2011: Dr Ron Morgan
Instructor, Department of Bible, Mission and ministry, Abilene Christian University
Powerful Words: Reading the Diary of a Ganda Priest
24th May, 2011: Dr Emma Wild-Wood
Global Trends in Religion, Christianity and Evangelicalism: Observations from the 7th edition of Operation World.
31st May, 2011: Jason Mandryk
Theodicy and Image. A Christian Orthodox Perspective
8th March 2011: Dr. Elena Dragici-Vasilescu
Frontiers of Gospel and Culture in Contemporary UK Society
1st March 2011: Canon Dr Christopher Sugden
Anglican Mainstream, Oxford
The Trinity and the Church in the Mystery of the Transfiguration
22nd February 2011: Dr Andreas Andreopoulos
Senior Lecturer in Orthodox Christianity, University of Winchester
Theological Education/Formation: New Challenges and Opportunities
15th February, 2011: Rev Canon George Kovvor
Principal, Trinity College, Bristol
South Asia's Africans: Forgotten People
8th February 2011: Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasurya
Fras Rapporteur, UNESCO International Scientific Committee Slave Route Project and Senior Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
Speaking of the Triune God in the Early Islamic Period
1st February 2011: Dr Mark Ivor Beaumont
Formerly Director of Postgraduate studies at Birmingham Christian College
Pentecostal Ecclesiology: a view from the South
25th January 2011: Dr Mathew Clark
Director of Post graduate Studies, Regents Theological College
Theology of Icon Veneration in the Orthodox Christian Tradition
18th January 2011: Dr Elena Narinskaya