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William Storrar, director of the Princeton, N.J., based Center of Theological Inquiry
- an institution devoted to advanced theological research – will give the opening
convocation for the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-2014 lecture series. Storrar
will speak at King University’s Memorial Chapel at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The event is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.
“In his distinguished career, William Storrar has shown a knack for bringing people
together to think, work, and hope,” said Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor
of History at King University. “In both his published volumes and at the Center for
Theological Inquiry, he has directed projects to form a practical and collaborative
engagement between church and society. In his own specialty field of public theology,
he has worked for ways that Christians can transform culture both locally and globally;
he has also made considerable contributions to the engagement between neuroscience,
biology, and Christian theology. Dr. Storrar's vigorous call for faith engaging culture
will offer the King community a focus for the new academic year at our opening convocation.”
Storrar has been fostering the dialogue between theology and other disciplines for
over three decades, from first chairing working groups on medical ethics with scientists
and medical practitioners in the 1980s to his initiative in launching the Global Network
for Public Theology in the 2000s with social scientists and policymakers. His interdisciplinary
work as a leader in collaborative research has been wide ranging, reflecting his academic
interests in applied theology and the practice of religion in church and society.
Before his appointment as director of the Center of Theological Inquiry in 2005, Storrar
held the chair of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh.
While serving as a professor at Edinburgh, he directed the university's Centre for
Theology and Public Issues, where he led an interdisciplinary research agenda on local
and global citizenship and civil society. Additionally, he is an extraordinary professor
of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, a Magnusson Fellow and visiting
professor of Glasgow Caledonian University in the United Kingdom, and an elected member
of the International Academy of Practical Theology and the American Theological Society.
Storrar’s publications include “Scottish Identity: A Christian Vision” (1990), along
with the co-edited volumes, “Public Theology for the 21st Century” (2004), and “A World for All? Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology” (2011). With research interests in global issues, he is a distinguished advisor
to the Global Network for Public Theology and a Salzburg Global Fellow. He chairs
the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology and serves on the editorial boards of theological journals in Germany and South Africa.
William Storrar graduated with a Bachelor’s of Divinity, Master of Arts, and Ph.D.
from the University of Edinburgh, where he sat on the University Court as the Rector's
Assessor. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, serving in parish
ministry for eight years before teaching Practical Theology for thirteen years at
the University of Aberdeen, the University of Glasgow, and the University of Edinburgh
in his native Scotland. He has served as convener of the Board of Ministry of the
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and convener of the Trustees of Common
Cause, a Scottish civic forum. He also serves as a Trustee of Morven Museum Garden
in Princeton, N.J.
William Storrar will present “Audere: Our Calling to be Daring,” at 9:15 a.m. at King
University’s Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 28. The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Brown
at 423.652.4156 or visit www.buechnerinstitute.org.
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