The Institute for Theological Partnerships was set up by the Vice Chancellor in 2009 as the outward theological face of the University. It has as its main aim promotion of theological debate in the wider community. This is to say debates around politics, ethics, economics, human understanding, mind and body and the lived environment.
ITP hosts two main conferences annually 'Voices From the Diaspora' which engages with diasporic communities and the impact upon them of hegemonic systems as well as their contribution to thinking 'otherwise. The second conference is entitled 'Awakening to a New Consciousness' which explores the fullness of incarnational theology. The conferences explore the new and radical thinking in theology, ethics, psychology, ecotheology and philosophy. The proceedings of the conferences are made available through ITP publishing. Details will be available shortly.
A project that brings together all that ITP stands for, is the Cosmic Walk at West Downs campus which was designed by Prof Isherwood and aims to situate Christian theology within the new cosmology. It is hoped that this project will 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.
If you feel you would like to be part of this exciting and challenging space and/ or would like to come and visit please contact me: Email: Lisa.Isherwood@winchester.ac.uk.
We also have a Theology Group which meets once a month to discuss issues from a theological perspective and if you would like to come along please just contact Joanna.Wilson@Winchester.ac.uk for the meeting dates.