Welcome from the Director of the Institute for Theological Partnerships
The Institute for Theological Partnerships was set up by the Vice Chancellor in 2009 as the outward theological face of the University with its main aim being to promote theological debate in the wider community.
We hosts conferences and lectures throughout the year which reflect (but not exclusively!) my own research interests of Feminist and Liberation theologies.
Our annual 'Voices From the Diaspora' conferences engage with diasporic communities and the impact upon them of hegemonic systems as well as their contribution to thinking 'otherwise'. Past events have reflected on the African, Caribbean and Irish diasporic communities and in 2015 the Conference will reflect on the Indian Diaspora and will be taking place at the Queen's Foundation in Birmingham.
We also host an event to explore the concept of 'Awakening to a New Consciousness' and the fullness of incarnational theology. Past conferences/ lectures have explored the new and the radical in theology, ethics, psychology, eco-theology and philosophy (the proceedings of the conferences are made available through ITP publishing) and this year we are pleased to welcome Dr Mae-Wan Ho to speak on this topic in May 2015 – further details to be posted on our Conferences/ Events page.
A project that brings together all that ITP stands for is the Cosmic Walk at West Downs campus which I designed and aims to situate Christian Theology within the new cosmology. I would like the project to reach all ages and open up a new understanding of the place of humans within the world of human and non-human alike. Further, no investigation of this kind can be separated from issues of social justice and so the Cosmic Walk project also encompasses an in depth social critique and examination of forms of resistance. In this way the voices from the margins, human and non-human, find a place in the continued creation of theology.
It is a huge undertaking and if you would like to come with us on the journey and be part of this exciting and challenging space please get in touch on Lisa.Isherwood@winchester.ac.uk and arrange to come and visit.
We also have a Theology Group meeting once a month where we discuss all sorts of issues from a theological perspective as well as benefitting from guest speakers from other academic institutions. If you would like to come along please just contact Joanna.Wilson@Winchester.ac.uk.