Friday, September 6, 2013

A doctorate from the University of Oxford is a remarkable achievement. So on this day, I am delighted to invite us to celebrate with Robert Heaney as we receive confirmation that he has successfully defended his thesis (for some reason - don't ask me why - the UK uses thesis for a Ph.D. and dissertations for master's and the U.S. is the opposite).  His supervisor was Professor Christopher Rowland, the Dean Ireland's Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture; and his examiners were Professor Graham Kings and Professor Nicholas Wood.

Robert's dissertation title was Culture, Context, and Theology: The Emergence of an African Theology in the Writings of John S. Mbiti and Jesse N. K. Mugambi. This topic is the perfect territory for our Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies.  The goal of the Center is not simply to serve the Communion, but also to learn from the Communion. The type of work that Robert was doing is a model of such learning from, in this case, Africa.

Take a moment today to track Robert down and congratulate him. We are delighted with his success. As a Seminary, we are proud of his achievement.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President