UTU is an independent, ecumenical charitable organisation, committed to the search for relevant Christian discipleship in contemporary society. It seeks to be a community of study and commitment, based in the inner city, where people can come from many backgrounds, nationalities and traditions, for vocational discovery and theological and ministerial education/training.
Our courses are geared to give support, affirmation, new skills and ideas to lay and ordained Christians in all contexts, especially the urban. Our ethos is to be inclusive, which means there is respect for different theological perspectives. In the search for relevant Christian practice today.
A NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE URBAN THEOLOGY UNIT
UTU are pleased to announce:
The Revd Dr Keith Hebden, BA, MTh, PhD, writer, activist, deanery advisor, pioneer minister, and assistant priest in the Parish of Mansfield has been appointed as the new Director of the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield, from September 2016.
He will replace the Revd Dr Noel Irwin who becomes the Leader of the Church Related Community Work Programme of the United Reformed Church at Luther King House in Manchester.
Keith Hebden has written Seeking Justice: The Radical Compassion of Jesus (2012), Dalit Theology and Christian Anarchism (2010) and various articles in books and journals, and is a regular speaker at events, on national radio and social media. Keith brings fresh energy and ideas to UTU’s activities and will participate in UTU’s courses including postgraduate work in Contextual Theology with MA and PhD students from all denominations.
In response to the new appointment, the Bishop of Sheffield, Rt. Revd Dr Steven Croft said, "We remain thankful for the presence of the Urban Theology Unit within the Diocese and City of Sheffield and I look forward to future partnerships in study and training".
REVD DR NOEL IRWIN
Introducing the Old Testament!
Dates: Wednesday, 27 April, 4 May, 11 May
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
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12 May, Discipleship using Mark 2-17 as a model with John Vincent
11.00 am - 12.30 pm
ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!
Offers for an Autumn Programme welcomed!
The UTU Colloquium is for Ministers and Lay people who meet together and share ideas and experiences of current urban ministry. All members contribute and take it in turns to act as Chair person, or introduce a topic, or give a response to it. Also, there is always time for members to give out annoucements, suggest books to read, or propose themes they would like to introduce or have studied. Previous themes have included, Foodbanks, Engagement & Projects, Catholic Social Teaching and Community Development.
Our next Study Day:
Preaching Today with the Bible 2
25 May 2016, 10 am - 3 pm
with Revd Dr Ian K Duffield
WE ARE NOW RECRUITING FOR OUR 2016-2017
We are recruiting for the MA for academic year 2016-2017!
Methods & Resources in Contextual Theology
Please contact UTU for more information!
MA and MPhil/PhD
The Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield (UTU) is passionately committed to urban theology and ministry, radical biblical interpretation and contextual practice, and creative on-the-ground research. UTU provides a stimulating, supportive, and challenging environment for the development of theology and practice in both church and community, and offers part-time postgraduate programmes in Contextual Theology. UTU is a Constituent College of Luther King House, which is an approved partner of the University of Manchester.
è MA in Contextual Theology — this is suitablefor teachers, lay ministers, readers, community workers, for clergy as part of Ministerial Development, and for all interested in developing their Christian thinking. Single modules can be audited.
è MPhil/PhD in Contextual Theology — this is suitablefor clergy, activists, and academics as part of professional development or individual interest. Research focuses on Urban, Liberation, and Contextual Theologies and Practice. Supervisors and researchers work together in an Graduate Seminar Group providing peer support and colleagueship. Research interests include: • Urban Mission • Fresh Expressions • Eco-theology • Disability • Leadership • Racism • Christian Socialism • Religious Community • Refugees • Chaplaincy.
UTU’s Library is one of the best theological and biblical and ministerial libraries in the North of England. Ask the office about access to this wonderful library.
UTU also provides study days on preaching and ministry, etc., and tuition in Biblical Hebrew. For details of courses, days, and summer schools consult the website.
For further information contact the UTU Office on 0114 270 9907
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Research Degrees at UTU
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Come along to UTU
UTU's teaching suite is in the centre of Sheffield and offers academic courses in Theological education and training, in particular MA & MPhil/PhD programmes through Luther King House and an approved partner of the University of Manchester. We also offer less formal courses in personal theology and spirituality, biblical Hebrew, sabbaticals and courses tailored to particular needs.
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Location: Access to UTU is via the Chapel Walk entrance (to the left when facing the front of the building,opposite the stage entrance of the Crucible Theatre and the NCP car park). In the reception area walk straight ahead to the lift on your left to the lower ground floor and follow the signs for UTU.