New Principal for Queen’s Theological Foundation

Clive Marsh (Queen's Birmingham)Professor Clive Marsh has been appointed to the role of Principal of the Birmingham-based, ecumenical Queen’s Foundation. Clive will succeed the Revd Canon Dr David Hewlett, who retires in the summer. Clive has had a life-long commitment to adult theological education in a number of settings, and brings to Queen’s significant ecumenical experience.

Clive’s academic research spans work on the historical Jesus, Christology and the interface between theology and public culture. Clive’s recent publications include ‘A cultural theology of salvation’ (OUP, 2018) and ‘So what’s the Story…?: A Resource Book for Christian Reflection and Practice’ (DLT, 2019, co-authored with Revd Barbara Glasson).

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The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education trains ministers for, among others, the Church of England, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

Clive Marsh is currently Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, serving alongside President of Conference, Revd Dr Barbara Glasson. Their term of office ends in July 2020, following which Clive will begin a handover period at Queen’s, before starting work formally on 1 September. More information via THIS LINK

Two long-serving Wolverhampton-based bishops of The Church of God of Prophecy have died within 24 hours of each other after contracting coronavirus. Bishop Horatio Fearon died on Wednesday 1 April and Bishop Theophilus Augustus McCalla MBE (pictured) on Thursday 2 April. Both men were in their 80s and both had underlying health conditions. It has been reported that up to ten other members of the denomination have died in recent weeks. More information HERE.

Stephen WrightFollowing the retirement of Bishop David McGough, the Revd Canon Stephen Wright has been appointed as new Auxiliary Bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Stephen will assist Archbishop Bernard Longley by taking pastoral responsibility for Catholic deaneries in the Black Country and Staffordshire. God willing, Archbishop Longley will celebrate the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Elect Stephen Wright at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 June

Bishop Elect Stephen Wright said, ‘I was very surprised when Pope Francis appointed me as an Assistant Bishop. I offer an unworthy ‘yes’ to the will of the Lord and His Church, trusting in the Lord’s Grace. Please keep me in your prayers. I continue to be blessed in serving the people of this Archdiocese and at this difficult time let us pray we will be wise and generous in caring for the most vulnerable in our society. St Chad, pray for us.’