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Common Awards Webinar Series

The current webinar series has a focus on Diversity and Inclusion. They are aimed at Common Awards students and staff but open to others with an interest in the subject areas addressed. Each webinar features leading scholars and/or faith practitioners who offer diverse insights into a range of topics that directly relate to the core modules taken by Common Awards students. 

Information on upcoming webinars can be found on our Upcoming Events page. recordings of previous webinars can be accessed below.

More information is available on the Common Awards Hub and from Dr Eve Parker. See our Contact Us page for contact details.


The Bible and Resisting Racism

The recording of this webinar is also available on the Common Awards Hub

How does the Bible address issues of racism, prejudice and oppression? What are the implications of our social location on how we understand the Bible? How can the Bible help us in our formation to become racial justice advocates in our theology and ministry? 

These are just some of the questions that were addressed within the webinar. Prof Robert Beckford, professor of Black Theology at The Queens Foundation, was in conversation with Prof Grant Macaskill, Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis at the University of Aberdeen. The Webinar was hosted by Augustine Tanner-Ihm, winner of the 2020 Theology Slam. 

Re-thinking Mission and Evangelism

The recording of this webinar is also available on the Common Awards Hub

This webinar explored postcolonial, contextual, and global church perspectives on mission and evangelism. Some of the questions addressed included:

  • How is our understanding of mission impacted by context? 
  • What do we mean by postcolonial mission and how does this affect contemporary understandings of evangelism? 
  • How does Britain’s Imperial past, rooted in the atrocities of empire, impact contemporary understandings of mission and evangelism? 
  • How can we learn from the global church in developing missional congregations? 

Dr Cathy Ross, leading missiologist, contextual theologian and head of Pioneer Mission Leadership Training, Church Mission Society, was in conversation with Rev Dr Anderson Jeremiah, outstanding theologian and lecturer in World Christianity, Lancaster University. The Webinar was hosted by Chine McDonald, writer, broadcaster, and Head of Community Fundraising and Public Engagement at Christian Aid.

Preaching Hope and Resistance in Times of Struggle

The recording of this webinar is also available on the Common Awards Hub

This webinar provides an exciting opportunity to listen, learn and engage with renowned anti-apartheid leader, activist, theologian, author, and minister, Prof Allan Boesak. Prof Boesak has spent his life committed to the cause of freedom, reconciliation and justice. In 1983, he called for the formation of the United Democratic Front, which would grow into the largest, nonviolent, non-racial anti-apartheid formation in the history of the struggle. He worked with Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu, Rev. Frank Chikane and other world leaders and justice activists to end apartheid.

Prof Boesak is the recipient of thirteen honorary Doctor's degrees and several awards among those, the Robert Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award. Recently he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. He is also the author of 22 books and has been teaching across the world. Prof Boesak continues his teaching and preaching while remaining active in global struggles for human rights.

This webinar explored the power of preaching hope and resistance in times of struggle from the perspective of someone who has worked tirelessly to challenge systems of oppression and cultures of impunity.

Hear Prof Allan Boesak in conversation with Dr Dulcie Dixon McKenzie, Director for the Centre for Black Theology at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education. Dr Dixon McKenzie is an outstanding theologian and theological educator who has delivered ground-breaking research and teaching in the areas of Black Theology and Black Pentecostalism in Britain.

Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside In


The recording of this webinar is also available on the Common Awards Hub.

Hear Ruth Harley and Al Barrett in conversation with Sanjee Perera (recently appointed as the Archbishops' Adviser on Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns) about their book of the same title.

Here's the publisher's description of Being Interrupted:

"Beginning with a ‘Street Nativity Play’ that didn’t end as planned, and finishing with an open-ended conversation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Being Interrupted locates an institutionally-anxious Church of England within the wider contexts of divisions of race and class in ‘the ruins of empire’, alongside ongoing gender inequalities, the marginalization of children, and catastrophic ecological breakdown.

"In the midst of this bleak picture, Al Barrett and Ruth Harley open a door to a creative disruption of the status quo, ‘from the outside, in’: the in-breaking of the wild reality of the ‘Kin-dom’ of God. Through careful and unsettling readings in Mark’s gospel, alongside stories from a multicultural outer estate in east Birmingham, they paint a vivid picture of an ‘alternative economy’ for the Church’s life and mission, which begins with transformative encounters with neighbours and strangers at the edges of our churches, our neighbourhoods and our imaginations, and offers new possibilities for repentance and resurrection.”

Though rooted in a Church of England context, this is a book which has a challenging message for many other church contexts as well.