The Queen’s Foundation is one of England’s oldest theological institutions, home to the pioneering Centre for Black Theology and a partner with institutions from the Global South. With one of the largest academic teams of any theological college in the UK, Queen’s equips churches and independent learners of various denominations, including The Church of England, The Methodist Church as well as Pentecostal, Charismatic and independent Evangelical churches. The Foundation provides BA, MA and PhD programmes tailored especially for leaders and members of Black congregations and Global Majority Heritage Christians in white majority churches. Tutors at Queen’s are actively engaged in research in Black Theology, Black Ministry and Global Majority Heritage church experience, fostering links between theory and practice.
On Stephen Lawrence Day (22 April 2021), the Church of England published “From Lament to Action (FLTA)”, a report from the church’s Anti-Racism task force, which proposes a suite of actions to begin bringing about equality, diversity and inclusion in the Church of England. Following these recommendations, the Racial Justice Fund set out to support specific actions for the benefit of people of Global Majority Heritage (GMH) / UK Minority Ethnic (UKME) backgrounds.
Over the next three years, the Birmingham based Queen’s Foundation is to receive a substantial grant of over £550k from the Church of England’s Racial Justice Fund to undertake a research project on the experiences of UK Minority Ethnic theological educators, with the goal of using the research to inform transformative work and anti-racist practice within theological education as a whole, and for the specific empowerment and development of UKME students and staff. The Foundation’s Centre for Black Theology will play a crucial role in this work.