About us

The Global Network was formally founded in Princeton in 2007, following a preparatory meeting in Edinburgh in 2005. Its last consultation was held at the twin sites of Canberra and Sydney in 2010, and following its tenure in Chester 2011 to 2014, the Network will move to the Beyers Naude Centre for Public Theology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

We express our thanks to those whose earlier vision and leadership enabled the Network to come to birth: William Storrar, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, USA, who initiated the GNPT, Nico Koopman, its first Chairperson between 2007-2008 and James Haire, Chairperson from 2008-11.

The Global Network finds expression in the main through the activities of its constituent member centres, and seeks to foster collaborative work across and between institutions. It welcomes enquiries from suitably-qualified research centres in higher education institutions that are interested in pursuing an application for membership. Such applications are considered by the Executive and ratified at each Consultation.

The Global Network for Public Theology seeks to:

  • foster bi-lateral and multi-lateral collaboration among its participating institutions, including exchange programs for scholars and doctoral students;
  • publicise the work of participating institutions in public theology;
  • undertake collaborative global research projects;
  • support and develop the International Journal of Public Theology;
  • encourage other initiatives and networks in public theology.