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Vincent Strudwick Lecture 2017, Kellogg College, Oxford

 Vincent Strudwick Lecture 2016 at Oxford
The Vincent Strudwick Lecture is named in honor of Oxford theologian and scholar Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick who has been a longtime professor at, and friend to, the Graduate Theological Foundation.  Established in 2011 and sponsored by the GTF, the Vincent Strudwick Lecture is held annually at Kellogg College, University of Oxford.  The Vincent Strudwick Lecture was established in recognition of the important scholarship and contributions of The Revd Canon Dr. Vincent Strudwick.
Canon Vincent Strudwick played an early and pivotal role in the forging of an institutional affiliation in the 1990’s between the GTF and the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.  He served for many years as Director of the Department’s annual Oxford Theology Summer School. He has stated that although “emeritus and no longer able to contribute actively, I continue to value and support the work of GTF and the opportunities it has created for those involved in ministry, am grateful to the Foundation for this annual lecture, and delighted that the Summer Theology Program at Christ Church continues under the Directorship of Canon Angela Tilby.”  Read more about Canon Vincent Strudwick.

The Vincent Strudwick Lecture 2017 will be given by Professor Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University, who will speak on The Religion of No Religion: Are the ‘Nones’ Religious, Spiritual or Neither?

Based mainly on research in the UK and USA, but looking at other parts of the world (like China) as well, this talk will consider the growing number of those who, when asked on a survey what their religion is, say: ‘None’ or ‘No Religion’. It will profile the ‘nones’, offer an explanation for their growing number, and discuss some wider implications of this cultural change.

This lecture will be held in The Simpkins Lee Theatre at nearby Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, OX2 6QA, November 22nd, 2017

Linda Woodhead MBE FAcSS is Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University (UK) and Director of the Institute of Social Futures. Her books include That was the Church That Was (with Andrew Brown 2016), A Sociology of Prayer (ed with Giuseppe Giordan 2015), Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed 2014), Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (ed with Nathal Dessing and Nadia Jeldtoft, 2013), Religion and Change in Modern Britain (with Rebecca Catto, 2012), A Sociology of Religious Emotions (with Ole Riis, 2010), and The Spiritual Revolution (with Paul Heelas, 2005). She is the co-founder and organizer of the Westminster Faith Debates and a regular commentator on religion and culture on radio and television. She is currently studying the rise of ‘no religion’ and the beliefs and practices of the ‘nones’.

Read the announcement of the 2017 Vincent Strudwick Lecture on the Kellogg College website.

3 Responses to Vincent Strudwick Lecture 2017, Kellogg College, Oxford

  • The Rev Canon Kevin Francis Donlon says:

    An honor well deserved for a scholar priest and person who taught and mentored with insight, wit and grace.

    A series that seeks to further theological discourse is a fitting tribute go one so deserving