Durham University – one of the UK’s leading universities for Theology and Religion – has been chosen to partner with the Church of England to validate ordination training of its ministers, lay and ordained, across England.
The decision, which has been endorsed by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, will see Durham build a strong relationship with the Church’s training institutes via its Department of Theology and Religion, which is ranked as the top Department of Theology and Religion in the country (Times Good University Guide 2013).
Durham, one of the UK’s foremost research-led universities, will be the Church of England’s single validation partner. The partnership will continue a long tradition of ordination training within Durham that stretches back more than a Century.
Durham is one of the few places in the world where vocational training is offered at an internationally respected level in Theology and Ministry from Certificate to Doctoral level.
The University also has a wealth of experience and expertise in ministerial education within Cranmer Hall (Church of England), the Wesley Study Centre for Methodist ministerial training, and until recently Ushaw College, the Catholic seminary.
The partnership will see the University actively engage with the Church’s staff and students to share and enhance research-led developments in ministerial training.
Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said:
Durham is exceptionally well placed to work with the Church in this way because of our world position in theology and religion, and our considerable experience over 100 years of close partnership in ministerial training through St John’s College and indeed at an earlier stage, St Chad’s College.
Our history, our current expertise and our long-term sustainability provides a fruitful soil to cultivate such a partnership.
We look forward to working with the Church of England on this proposed partnership as we continue to develop the world-leading teaching, research and training available in theology and religion at Durham.
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