Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Anglicanism
I am an African Anglican (which is itself an oxymoron) and a post-colonialist theologian. I am therefore an embodied conundrum. There was never a time in my life when I was not multilingual, multicultural and ecumenical. Strange as this may sound, this is the reality of the Worldwide Anglican Communion and indeed the Church catholic. I grew up in the heady days of African Nationalist independence movements and Vatican II and was heavily influenced by the evangelical and charismatic renewal of the 1970s even though I was born and have ministered within the Anglo-Catholic tradition. I was educated in Africa, the USA and the UK. It has been a privilege to experience the councils of the church at work and to participate in them. I have thus experienced firsthand the transforming power of the gospel in the world. It is this experience as priest and bishop in the church of God, ecumenist, chair of the Anglican Consultative Council, academic and civil society activist that I bring to bear in the teaching of Anglicanism and Missiology. With the help of relevant bibliography, I endeavour to facilitate for the students, an appreciation of and a critical engagement with and in a church that is “formed by Scripture, shaped through worship, ordered for communion and directed by God’s mission.” I come at this task with a passion to share this knowledge, as a fellow pilgrim, with those who feel called to participate in God’s mission.