Runcie Convocation Lecture Series

The Graduate Theological Foundation inaugurated the Convocation Series in 1982 which was designed to call attention to the various leading theological issues of the day by hosting some of the more outstanding intellectual figures in these various fields. In 1984, Lord Robert Runcie, then Archbishop of Canterbury, officially endorsed the GTF’s ministry course on behalf of the Church of England and commissioned Lord John Tinsley, then Bishop of Bristol and sometime Professor of Theology at Leeds University, to sit on the GTF’s Board of Trustees. Bishop Tinsley read out the official statement from the Archbishop at the inauguration of the new Anglican-Roman Catholic-Lutheran program and thus commenced a long-standing relationship. Bishop Tinsley continued to serve on the Board and to teach on the faculty at the GTF until his retirement, at which time Lord Runcie, continuing his loyalty to the GTF, appointed Bishop David Tustin, suffragan Bishop of Lincoln in England, to serve in a similar capacity.  By maintaining a firm commitment to educating those in ministry through the nurturing of an ongoing community of learning, the GTF provides Convocations in keeping with its established reputation for excellence and relevance.
In the spring of 2000, in response to the untimely death of Lord Runcie, the GTF established The Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture Series in honor and recognition of the loyalty and support he showed to the GTF’s work in ministry education.
Convocation Series 1982-1999
The Rt. Revd John Tinsley (1984)
Bishop of Bristol and formerly Professor of Theology,
University of Leeds (England)
“Letters from Canterbury: A Personal Message from the Archbishop”
The Rev. William B. Oglesby, Jr., Ph.D. (1985)
Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling,
Union Theological Seminary (VA)
“From Pastoral Counseling to Spiritual Direction: The Trend”
The Rt. Revd David Tustin (1986)
Bishop of Grimsby and Suffragan Bishop of Lincoln (England)
“Orders and Ordination: A New Approach to Ministry Training"
The Rt. Rev. Hartmut Badenhop (1987)
Suffragan Bishop of Hannover (Germany)
“The German Church: East and West”
The Rev. Dr. James B. Ashbrook (1988)
Professor of Religion and Personality at Garrett-Evangelical
Theological Seminary and Northwestern University
“Brain Studies and the Ministry Today: Understanding the Latest
The Rt. Rev. Krister Stendahl (1989)
Bishop of Stockholm and Formerly Dean of Harvard Divinity School
“Ecumenism as Brake – and as Breakthrough”
The (late) Revd Canon John Macquarrie (1990)
Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity Emeritus,
Christ Church College, University of Oxford
“The Papacy in the Unified Church”
The Rev. Eugene Brand (1991)
Executive Director, Lutheran World Federation (Geneva, Switzerland)
“The Coming Lutheran Merger”
Rabbi Stanley Kessler (1992)
Temple Beth Israel (West Hartford, Connecticut)
“Death and Burial in the Christian-Jewish Traditions”
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed (1993)
Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
“Modern Muslims in Contemporary America”
The (late) Most Rev. John D’Arcy (1994)
Bishop of Ft. Wayne/South Bend (Indiana)
“The State of the Church in the Modern World: A Challenging Future”
The Rev. Dr. Sandra Brown (1995)
Professor of Pastoral Care, Princeton Theological Seminary
“The Profession of Counseling within the Parish Setting”
Canon Bruce Duncan, D.D. (1996)
Principal of Sarum College, Salisbury, England
“Continuing Ministry Education in the United Kingdom: The Experiment at Sarum College”
Dom Felix Struik, OP, S.T.D., D.D. (1997)
Regent of Studies,
Dominican Center of Studies in the Caribbean (Puerto Rico)
“Modern Christology’s Indebtedness to a 7th Century Martyr”
The Rt. Revd. Howard Gregory, S.T.D., D.D. (1998)
Suffragan Bishop of Montego Bay (West Indies)
“Corporate Globalization: An Episcopal Assessment and Critique”
Jean Houston, Ph.D., Ph.D. (1999)
Founder, International Institute for Social Artistry
“Social Artistry: The Making of Leaders Who Lead in a World in Crisis”
Runcie Lecture Series
Inaugurated May 2000

The Reverend Canon Vincent Strudwick, D.D. (2000)
Chamberlain and Honorary Fellow of
Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Bishop John Tinsley Professor of Anglican Theology (GTF)
“Associates of God: An Anglican Perspective on Providence and Praise”

The Reverend Father Henry Wansbrough, OSB (2001)
Regent of Studies at Saint Benet’s Hall of Oxford
“Holy Land --- Whose Land?”

The Reverend Canon Jane Shaw, Ph.D., D.D. (2002)
Dean of Divinity and Fellow of New College, University of Oxford
Evelyn Underhill Professor of Historical Theology (GTF)
“William Temple’s Social Gospel for the 21st Century”

The (late) Professor Ewert Cousins, Ph.D. (2003)
Professor of Theology Emeritus, Fordham University
Teilhard de Chardin Professor of Theology and Spirituality (GTF)
“Three Images of our future: Celebration, Tragedy, and Transformation”

The Reverend Jeremy Sheehy, Ph.D., D.D. (2004)
Principal of St. Stephen’s House, University of Oxford
“A Theological Style: Theology to the Sound of Church Bells.”

Angus Hawkins, Ph.D. (2005)
Director of International Programmes and
Bursar of Kellogg College, University of Oxford
“The Long Tradition: Continuing Education at Oxford University”

The Reverend Father James F. Puglisi, SA, Ph.D., S.T.D., D.D. (2006)
Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
Director of Centro Pro Unione (Rome)
Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Angelicum (Rome)
Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman Professor of Catholic Theology (GTF)
“Ecumenical Developments in the Ordination Rites”

Basil A. J. Mustafa, Ph.D. (2007)
The Nelson Mandela Fellow in Educational Studies,
Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
Associate Tutor in Islamic Studies,
Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
“Muslims in the West: Values and Aspirations”

The Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr., Ph.D., D.Min. (2008)
Dean of the First Year of Studies, Walter Associate Professor of Theology and Associate Professor of Africana Studies (University of Notre Dame)
Benjamin E. Mays Professor of Scripture and Applied Ministries and Counsel to the President for Anglican Affairs (GTF)
“Engaging Sacred Texts in an Era of Globalization”

The Rev. Marlene Kropf, D.Min., D.D. (2009)
William B. Oglesby, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology (GTF)
Associate Professor in Spiritual Formation and Worship
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Minister of Worship (Mennonite Church USA)
“Wellsprings of Spiritual Leadership”

The Very Revd John Moses, KCVO, Ph.D., D.D. (2010)
Dean Emeritus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
“On Being a Theologian in the World Today: The Priestly Task” 

The Revd Robert (Robin) P. P. Gibbons, Ph.D. (2011)
Director of Theology and Religious Programmes,
Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Fellow and Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity (GTF)
Dean of Studies, Foundation House/Oxford (GTF)
“'Ongoing Dialogue for the good of our civilisation’:
The Legitimate role of religion in public life”
Lord Harries of Pentregarth (2012)
Bishop of Oxford (retired)
Gresham Professor of Divinity, London
Honorary Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation
“God, Goodness, and Contemporary Society”
The (late) Rev. Bernard O'Connor, J.D., S.T.D., D.H.L. (2013)
Fellow and John Henry Cardinal Newman Professor
of Theology and Ecclesial Mediation (GTF)
Former official, Congregation of the Eastern Churches (Vatican)
"The Papal Resignation of 2013: A Pilgrim’s Journey to Emmaus"
The Rev. Douglas Ronsheim, D.Min., D.D. (2014)
Executive Director, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
Honorary Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation
“Recalculating Pastoral Counseling: From Past, to Present, to Future”
Gale A. Yee, Ph.D. (2015)
Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies,
Episcopal Divinity School
Recipient of the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal (GTF)
"From the Bottom Up: Poverty and Inequality in Ancient Israel and Today"
The Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., D.Min., Th.D., S.T.D. (2016)
John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology,
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Fellow and Karl Rahner Professor of Catholic Theology (GTF)
"The Challenge of Koinonia"

The Rev. Hugh R. Page, Jr., Ph.D. D.Min., M.Div. (2017)
Dean of the First Year of Studies
Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame
Fellow and The Benjamin E. Mays Professor of Scripture and Applied Ministries
"Silent Carillons, Imperiled Voices, and Alternative Facts: Responding to Theology's Emerging
21st Century Soundtrack"

Imam Muhammad Hatim, Ph.D., D.Min. (2018)
Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Professor of African American Muslim Studies
“Caregiving to Muslims: Challenges to African American Muslim Wellness’