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Lectures and seminars
The Montagu Barker Lectures
Lectures are a normal occurrence in the city of Oxford. Public lectures at The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies started in the late eighties. This happened in response to requests from the 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
Student-led seminars are a key tool in helping scholars develop their research and research skills. Most students are expected to lead a minimum of one seminar a year, but to participate actively in others, reading carefully the papers that are sent in advance and bringing their own cultural and professional experience, knowledge and skills to the table. Faculty are an active part of the seminars too, bringing years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to help fine tune students' work. The peer-support and peer-review is a vital part of the OCMS experience, and scholars are expected to contribute willingly and enthusiastically, both as leaders and as participators in the seminar cycle.