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CLERGY SCHOOL - 16 & 17 JULY 2013
Dr Vinay Samuel will be leading us on the topic of Practical Theology;

The next Clergy School will be held on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July at St Philip's Church, Centrahill. The clergy school will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, and on Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm so that clergy can get back to their parishes early.

Our speaker will be Canon Dr Vinay Samuel from Bangalore India who is an internationally recognised scholar and Anglican Communion leader. Together with Canon Dr Chris Sugden he co-founded the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and more recently the Oxford Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life. He has authored many books and is a pioneer in the field of mission and development studies.

(see below for full bio)

 Dr Samuel will be leading us on the topic of Practical Theology

 He will be discussing the application of Biblical truth to life (business, politics, education, etc)  and looking at how the gospel engages with and transforms culture. 

 It is not often that we get the chance to hear a person of such stature, so let us make the most of the opportunity !

 Dave Doveton   (Continuing Clergy Education , Diocese of Port Elizabeth)


Canon Dr. Vinay K. Samuel  was born in 1942 and grew up in the city of Hyderabad India.  He studied engineering before being called into Christian Ministry.  He trained in India and became a Presbyter of the Church of South India in 1968.  He served in the pastoral ministry in Bangalore India for 17 years.  During that period he had a nation wide ministry, founded and led national ministries in the areas of Theological Education, particularly by extension, Christian Relief and Development, Micro Enterprise Development, Church planting and Evangelism, Christian Counselling and Communications.

In 1978 he helped to found and lead the international networks of Partnership In Mission Asia and The International Fellowship of Evangelical Mission Theologians (INFEMIT).  In 1984 Vinay was asked to work with his colleague Dr. Chris Sugden to found and develop the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford UK.  He relocated to Oxford and gave leadership to OCMS till 2007.  In 2006 he founded the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public life which he presently leads as its Executive Director.  Through his work with Infemit and OCMS, Dr. Samuel assisted in the establishment of Christian Research institutions in Asia and Africa.

Dr. Samuel is recognised internationally as a mission theologian. He has published significantly in the area and lectured in many countries.

Scholarly interests: Religion and Public Policy, Pauline Theology, Faith and Economics, Religion and Personhood.

Personal interests: Choral Music

Dr. Samuel is married to Colleen and they have four children and five grand children. They divide their time between Oxford, UK and Bangalore, India.

Date Added: 2013-07-09

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