“The book of 1 Peter is a personal favourite of mine. There is so much in it that is pertinent for the Church, for the world, for the times we are living in and for us as we seek direction for the Anglican Communion in the years ahead.”
Archbishop Justin Welby
An international group of 35 New Testament scholars from Anglican and other Churches around the world gathered in Lambeth Palace in November 2018 for the St Augustine Seminar. The Seminar, and its ongoing work, will lay the theological foundations for the Lambeth Conference, as they prepare material around the first epistle of Peter.
The scholars have been drawn from Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Ireland, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, the UK, and the US; and will be convened by Professor Jennifer Strawbridge, Associate Professor in New Testament Studies at Mansfield College in the University of Oxford.
The Seminar has been funded by St Augustine’s Foundation, a charitable grant-making body linked to Canterbury Cathedral, which exists to support theological education in the Anglican Communion. The group will help to draw up critical thinking to help shape the Bible studies and other aspects of the Lambeth Conference. After the initial meeting in November, a smaller group will convene at Lambeth Palace again in May 2019 to draw together resources.
“This gathering will play a significant role as we seek God’s wisdom on developing and refining themes for the Lambeth Conference”, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said.
“The book of 1 Peter is a personal favourite of mine. There is so much in it that is pertinent for the Church, for the world, for the times we are living in and for us as we seek direction for the Anglican Communion in the years ahead.
“The expertise and insight of the theologians who gather will be vital in informing the thinking in areas such as the daily Bible expositions, group Bible studies and homilies. I pray it will be a stimulating and exciting time together.”