Revd Dr Carlton Turner

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Tutor for Anglican BAME

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I am a Bahamian clergyman, trained and ordained in the Caribbean. Before theological training I qualified and worked as a teacher in modern languages, specialising in Spanish and linguistics. I find myself increasingly more involved with theological training and ministry formation within the Diocese of Lichfield where I work as a Team Vicar. I am passionate about training and mentoring people into ministry and helping them to discover their gifts within the Kingdom of God. Besides these two key areas of my life, I enjoy sports and fitness, and of course, salsa dancing!

Qualifications

BA Theology

2005

University of the West Indies

MA Theology

2009

University of Birmingham

PhD

2015

University of Gloucestershire

External roles and responsibilities

I am currently serving as Team Vicar in the Parish of Bloxwich, Walsall, in the Diocese of Lichfield, where I am incumbent of St. Thomas and priest in charge of Holy Ascension. In the Diocese I am an active member of CMEAC – Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns, and participate in its Black and Minority Ethnic Clergy group. I also deliver Unconscious Bias Training within the Diocese. I also assist the Diocesan training department with their Readers and Curates in the capacity of personal tutor to Readers and also training incumbent for a curate. I am on the Editorial Board of the online Journal ‘Rethinking Mission’, funded by the United Society. I am a member of the Society for Caribbean Studies based in the UK and regularly contribute to its conference and postgraduate seminars. I also contribute to the Black Theology Forum based the Queens Foundation. 

Research interests and supervision areas

My specific research interests include – Junkanoo, Bahamian History and Culture, the Church in the Caribbean, Caribbean Cultural Festivals, Caribbean African traditional religious experiences, and Caribbean hermeneutics. More generally, I am interested in Black Theology, Caribbean Theology, Practical Theology, Mission Studies, Contextual Theology, Caribbean Studies, Enculturation and Third World Theologies, Qualitative Research Methods. 

I would like to provide supervision or be a resource person particularly in the areas of Caribbean Theology, or Caribbean and Latin American studies generally; Black Theology; and Practical Theology with particular reference to Third World theologies or theological outlooks arising from the Global South.

I am also able to advise on theological research methodologies, particularly regarding practical and contextual research interests.  

Publications

“Taming the Spirit? Widening the Pneumatological Gaze within African Caribbean Theological Discourse.” – Paper Presented at the Black Theology Forum, The Queens Foundation, Birmingham, 25th September 2013. Published in Black Theology: An International Journal 13, no. 2 (2015): 5 - 30.

Turner, Carlton "Self-Negation within African Caribbean Christianity". Black Theology: An International Journal 11, no. 1 (2013): 126 - 146.

“Christopher Codrington’s Will: Personal Reflection on Theological Education at Codrington College” published in the online journal Rethinking Mission: http://www.rethinkingmission.org.uk/articles.htm

“The Anglican Church in the Caribbean: Still a Potted Plant?” - Panel Paper Presentation: The Divine, Faith, and Performance in Contemporary Religious Practices in the Caribbean, Sponsored by the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research (CIRC), School of Advanced Study, University of London, 27th November, 2015

“Sin as Dichotomy: A Caribbean Contribution to the Concept of Sin” – Paper presented at the Society for Caribbean Studies, Birmingham, 2nd  – 4th July, 2015

“In Search Embrace: Junkanoo and the Church in the Bahamian Context” – ‘Easter and Me’ annual presentation sponsored by the Churches in Bloxwich and Blakenall, All Saints Church, Bloxwich, 22nd April 2015.

“Understanding African Caribbean History, Language, Culture and Practices in Britain” – Workshop presented at the Diocese of Lichfield’s Training Day, “Understanding Afro-Caribbean Culture”, 10th February 2015.

“Rhythm, Worship and War(rior): Colonial Myth and the Theological Methodology of Junkanoo.” – Paper presented at the Society for Caribbean Studies, Glasgow, 2 – 4 July, 2014.

“Towards Ecclesial Marginality: Women Speak, Men Share, and Everyone Rush!” - Conference Paper:  Gender, Religion, and the Atlantic New World, Newcastle University 15th, May, 2014

“Desire Deeper than Doctrine: Repositioning Doctrine in the African Caribbean.” - Paper Presented at the Society for the Study of Theology, Cambridge Conference, December 2012.

“Junkanoo and the Church in Contemporary Bahamian Society: Three Key Concepts” – Paper presented at the Caribbean Postgraduate Network Workshop, Institute of the Americas, University College London, Friday 1st November, 2013.

Paper presented at Edinburgh 2010 Consultation: “Christopher Codrington’s Will: Personal Reflection on Theological Education at Codrington College” published in the online journal Rethinking Mission: http://www.rethinkingmission.org.uk/articles.htm