Bishop Graham Kings appointed as Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

From Mission Theology:The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Church Mission Society and Durham University have become partners in creating an innovative seven year post: Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion.

The purpose is to research, stimulate, connect and publish works of theology in the Anglican Communion, with particular focus on insights from Africa, Asia and Latin America, in their ecumenical contexts.

The Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, currently Bishop of Sherborne, has been appointed and will take up this new post in July 2015. He will be based in London, visiting Durham University, as an Honorary Fellow, and will travel in the Communion. He will convene a series of seminars in Anglican Communion Studies for theologians, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America. A new web site, launched today,MissionTheologyAngCom.org, will publish the papers.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said, “I am delighted that this strong partnership has developed with CMS and Durham University. It is very gratifying that the concept of a Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion has attracted the necessary support to get to this stage where the post can be established. I know that the Anglican Communion has many gifted theologians and it is so important that their voice is heard more widely. I am glad that Bishop Graham’s experience and knowledge of the Communion is being made so generously available and I shall encourage the development of this project with a keen interest.”

Read here: http://www.missiontheologyangcom.org/

VOL NOTE: This is an interesting appointment. Graham Kings and Fulcrum have long been opponents of GAFCON. How will this new alliance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Durham University (increasingly influential in CofE theological education), CMS and Fulcrum be viewed in the wider Anglican Communion? Is the idea to work with GAFCON, or to set up an alternative to it in the Global South? Also, Graham Kings has been welcomed as an assistant Bishop in Southwark — how will he work with the Diocesan leadership’s liberal line on sexuality, and how will his appointment be viewed by local evangelicals?” Another question must be raised as to what Bishop King’s relationship is with the Anglican Consultative Council and their theological positions which are at odds with the vast majority of the Global South. This appointment can only be seen as an attempt to soften up orthodox African Anglican Primates to accept Western pansexuality and other progressive doctrinal notions.

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