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Month: October 2021

Dr Katucha Bento is a Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Associate Director of Race.ED Network, and co-founder of the Free Afro-Brazilian University. Colonial legacies and refusal in women’s networks Coloniality deserves special attention to contextualise Professor Hempton’s lecture on “Women’s Networks: Opportunities and Limitations”. First, the context that overlaps […]

Below is the text from the Vote of Thanks given by Professor Stewart J. Brown, professor of Ecclesiastical History and Vice-Convenor of the Gifford Lectureships Committee.   It is my honour, on behalf of the Gifford Committee, to offer some concluding remarks by way of our appreciation to Professor Hempton. Now more than 133 years […]

Professor Hempton greeted us into his last lecture by thanking the University of Edinburgh for their great hospitality and thanking the blog respondents for meeting him for coffee al fresco. His stimulating and energetic lecture however soon warmed up the Playfair library. As usual, below is a short lecture summary, followed by a response by […]

Networks, Nodes and Nuclei Connecting the Study of World Christianity.  Dr Kirsty Murray Listening to another excellent Gifford lecture on Tuesday two reflections came to mind. One was the continuing aptness of the over arching theme of the series and the value of examining networks and nodes. There is a risk that the study of […]

Professor Hempton began this lecture thanking the contributors to this Gifford blog for their stimulating responses to his lectures. He also mentioned how it takes a village to create these lecturers and especially wanted to thank his community at Harvard and the women’s network that meets there. Dr Nash, a post-doctoral researcher and womanist theologian […]

This year’s Gifford Seminar will be held online via Microsoft TEAMS, Wednesday 13/10/2021 at 1pm, hosted by Professor Stewart Jay Brown. Two New College Professors will give reflections on Professor David Hempton’s lecture series so far and there will be time for questions from the *virtual* floor. Brian Stanley is Professor of World Christianity. His […]

After a half-rainy, half-sunny venture to St Andrews for the weekend, Professor Hempton returned to deliver his fourth lecture of the series. Below is a short summary, followed by a reflection from a PhD Candidate in Christian-Muslim relations Nathan Dever, and the lecture video. The summary follows the structure of Professor Hempton’s lecture and is split […]

A full Playfair library greeted Professor Hempton on Thursday afternoon. Below is a summary of the lecture, two responses, from a PhD candidate in African Studies Francisca Anita Adom-Opare, and an undergraduate in the School of Divinity Andrea Azzurra Melani. The video recording will also follow.  This lecture juxtaposed two religious networks that emerged in […]

A rainy Tuesday evening greeted Professor Hempton’s second lecture, Religious Networks in the Reformation Era. Shortly after reinforcing the important sporting event referred to yesterday, Hempton explained that this lecture focuses on well-known movements in the 16th Century- the Protestant Reformation networks and the Jesuit missionary organisation. Yet the analytical framework of Networks, Nodes and Nuclei, […]

This evening commenced the first of our 2021 Gifford Lecture Series. Professor David Hempton from Harvard Divinity School opened our lecture recollecting fond memories of Edinburgh- namely beating us in a hockey game whilst studying for his PhD in St Andrews. What follows here is a summary of this first lecture, the video recording for […]


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