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UTU membership brings you into a national network of people living out their Christian faith in urban context. Members also receive newsletters, email updates, and elect our trustees who are all members of the Urban Theology Union.

Members also have lending access to our library and other resources at the Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield.

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Our story so far… 

In 1969, inspired by base communities in South America and New York, Revd Dr John Vincent set out to equip and encourage a new generation in the British urban church.

The Urban Theology Union continues to have a reputation for radical contextual theology. UTU was built by its members and is re-learning how to be member-led and member-driven: true to its founding vision.

We are an ecumenical, charitable organization that continues to equip and encourage the urban church; disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed. We are a growing organisation and always welcome new members to get involved.

Our new resource centre – the Urban Theology Unit – is in the heart of Sheffield but our members are invited to meet locally for study and action. If you are a member who would like to get connected in your region please let us know.

Honorary Supervisors

All our PhD students are supervised by more than one person. From time to time we are looking for new volunteer co-supervisors for which we can pay expenses.

This is an opportunity to learn the craft of supervision alongside staff who have an average of more than 30 years experience. It is also a great way to enjoy being alongside someone as they push the boundaries of a new idea or research area.

Please get in touch if you have a PhD (Theology,. Biblical Studies, etc) and would like to apply to join the team.

Email Dr Ian Duffield, Director of Studies

Volunteers and Vacancies

We are always interested in volunteers and in members volunteering! Here are just some of the roles you could apply to help with:

  • Administrative support
  • Library support
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Connecting with other members
  • IT and Marketing
  • Speaking at the Colloquium
  • Editorial support for writing and publishing projects
  • Teaching and supervising

Email Jill Wagg, Office Administrator

UTU Volunteers April 2023

UTU is a charitable organisation limited by guarantee. 

Our charitable objectives are:

  • The promotion of the Christian religion and the development of Christian ministry in urban communities
  • The promotion and provision of schemes of study and training including courses and lectures for the ordained and lay people of research projects and the publication of the results of research directed at relating Christianity to the needs and opportunities of urban communities
  • The promotion of such other charitable purposes as may from time to time be determined

We do not have a statement of beliefs or require members to assent to one. We respect the diversity of our ecumenism, with our shared objectives, and commit ourselves to faith in action.

Registered Charity No: 1115390  |  Company Ltd by Guarantee Reg No 5763786

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