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Responding to the call to action:  Developing meaningful engagement with global theology in the TEI sect


Shemil Matthew, Emmanuel Theological College

Initial Description

Emmanuel Theological College has been called into being in response to a vision for integrated ministerial formation that equips the whole people of God for the whole mission of God today. To deliver on this vision, a powerful ethos guides Emmanuel in its daily work: to be deliberately Christ-centred, Hope-filled, and Mission-orientated in all that we do.

September 2022 will be the first anniversary of the College’s launch and we want to celebrate this landmark, and mark our commitment to our vision, by hosting a Global Theology Conference on the 3rd September 2022.

Our passion for global theology has been inspired by several factors:

First, the College’s roots in the North-West of England and the mixed history of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic engagement that is part of our regional identity (over 10-15% of the population of NW England is from a Global Majority of UK Minority Ethnic background). This includes the history and legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in our major industrial towns. It seems unjust to us, given that global diversity is part of the cultural makeup of our context, that theological education in UK is often dominated by white voices. We believe a Global Theology Conference can help us to begin readdressing this imbalance, bringing the often-underrepresented voices within the Church of England to the forefront alongside voices from TEIs across the world. We believe the global partnerships established and knowledge shared at this event will help us as a Church to learn humbly from our brothers and sisters and grow together in our mission to see God’s kingdom come.

Second, we want to offer this more widely to the Church of England and our Christian neighbours. The recent report From Lament to Action (2020) recognised the need to diversify curricula, as well as to promote intercultural exchanges within the global Church. We think this is important, but the overall goal of greater inclusion will not be achieved simply by diversifying module reading lists. Being attentive to the voices of others matters to us at Emmanuel. 


See the project report: Matthew report