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Urban Theology

Urban Theology is an urban version of contextual theology and liberation theology. It was pioneered by John J. Vincent, whose Urban Theology Unit in Sheffield has since 1970 been a centre for its development, alongside training in urban ministry and political action, as in the Petition of Distress from the Cities (1993), the Methodist Report on The Cities (NCH Action for Children, 1997) and Gospel from the City (1997) in the 'British Liberation Theology' series. A variety of courses, including a three-year part-time Diploma in Community Ministry , study days and weekend courses, are offered on urban ministry.

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  • Douglas J. Cock, Every Other Inch a Methodist (1987) pp.63-7
  • Marian Lowndes, A Mission in the City (Sheffield, 1988)
  • NCH Action for Children, The Cities: a Methodist Report (1997) pp.193-214
  • Ian K. Duffield (ed.), Urban Christ: Responses to John Vincent (Sheffield, 1997)
  • Michael Northcott (ed.), Urban Theology: a Reader (1998)

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