The Listening Process



Section 1. The Mission of the Church.

Revd. Dr. Canon Ian Douglas - USA

PhotoAngus Dun Professor of Mission and World Christianity at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ian is a member of the Design Group for the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops, a Consultant for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (TEAC), a past member the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Mission and Evangelism, and a former missionary in Haiti. He serves on the International Editorial Board for the Journal of Anglican Studies and is a founding organizer of the Anglican Contextual Theologians Network. Ian is a member of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, and was recently elected as The Episcopal Church's clergy member of the Anglican Consultative Council. In addition he is Convener of the Episcopal Seminary Consultation on Mission and a founder of Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation. He publishes and speaks widely on mission, world Christianity, and contemporary Anglicanism. Ian is married to Kristin Harris and they are the parents of three, almost grown, children.


The Rt Revd Daniel Allotay - West Africa

PhotoBishop Daniel is the Bishop of the Cape Coast in Ghana. He has a degree from the University of Ghana in Accra and trained for pastoral ministry at Trinity Theological Seminary, also in Accra. He gained further training at the College of the Ascension in Selly Oak, England in 1981 and returned in 1986/7 to take a post graduate qualification. In Ghana Bishop Daniel served as a school chaplain, utilising his previous qualification as a school teacher, and in parish ministry. He then moved to being the Provincial Clerical Secretary and chaplain of the House of Clergy. From there he moved to be a lecturer at St Nicolas Theological Seminary in Cape Coast. He became Vice Dean and then Dean of the Seminary until he was elected Bishop in 2002. As bishop he has encouraged links between his diocese and the Anglican Communion, building up links with the Diocese of Portsmouth, Edinburgh and Long Island.

Section 2. The Witness of the Bible.

Dr Paula Gooder - England

photoPaula Gooder studied theology as an undergraduate and graduate student at Oxford University. After gaining her doctorate on 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 she taught at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and then at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham, England. Her research areas include the writings St Paul (with a particular emphasis on 2 Corinthians), biblical interpretation and the development of ministry in the early Church. Paula is Canon Theologian of Birmingham Cathedral and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She is a Reader in the Church of England and a member of the General Synod of the Church of England. She has published on a wide range of topics including Only the Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 and the Heavenly Ascent Tradition (Continuum, 2006); Exploring New Testament Greek: A Way in (SCM, 2004) and Hosea-Micah (BRF, 2004). She is currently working on a book for SPCK called Searching for Meaning: A Practical Guide to New Testament Interpretation.

Paula’s experience comes from many years of reading and exploring methods of biblical interpretation, particularly of interpreting the Pauline Epistles and of wrestling with questions of how they can be best applied and used within the churches today.


Rt Revd. Dr. John Holder - West Indies

photo Bishop John Holder trained for the ordained ministry at Codrington College, Barbados and continued his studies at the University of the South, USA. He completed a PhD at King’s College London in 1984. His specialities are in Old Testament hermeneutics and the writings of Second Temple Judaism. In the 1980s and 90s he held a number of academic posts in the West Indies and was a visiting Professor in Seminaries in the United States. During this time he was also active in parish ministry in several parishes in the Diocese of Barbados. He was consecrated Bishop of Barbados in 2000.

Bishop John’s academic publications have focused on the Old Testament, but have reflected his concern for Christian ministry in the Caribbean. He has also published biblical reflections and is a contributor to Light for Our Path. His biblical reflections are based on his academic scholarship but aim to be accessible for those who do not have an academic training.

In his role as Bishop he is involved in the life of Barbados and chairs the Religious Advisory Committee on National Affairs, a body which offers advice to the Barbadian Government. He is also a member of the Privy Council. He is the Chair of the Barbados Christian Council and of the Inter-faith HIV/AIDS Commission.

In 2004 he published a study guide to enable his pastors to engage with critical areas of pastoral concern entitled The Bible in the Anglican Tradition - The Bible and Human Sexuality.

He has served the global Anglican Communion and from 2001 to 2006 he was a member of the Advisory Group to the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. In 2006 he attended the St Augustine's Seminar which met to plan the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

Section 3. The Witness of Tradition.

Prof. Jaci Maraschin - Brazil

photo Born in Brazil, Jaci is a retired priest of the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil and professor of the Anglican Institute of Theological Studies in São Paulo. He has published articles and books in the area of Liturgy and Culture and lectured at the Trinity Institute and Union Theological Seminary in New York. At the last two Lambeth Conferences he acted as theological consultant. He was a member of the Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission and of the second phase of the Anglican - Roman Catholic International Dialogue (ARCIC II). As a musician and hymn writer he has published song books and  CDs.

Jaci holds academic degrees in music, philosophy, theology and sciences of religion. He has a doctorate from the University of Strasbourg, France, and undertook post-doctoral work at Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University in New York. For many years he was member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the WCC and worked in the Music and Liturgical Team for the World Assembly of the WCC in Canberra, Australia, 1991. Jaci is married to Ana Dulce and has two daughters.


Revd. Samson Fan - Hong Kong

photo Samson (aged 33) was ordained to be a deacon in 2001 and priest the following year. He is now the vicar of St Thomas' Church in the Diocese of West Kowloon, Hong Kong. He has been involved in theological education in Ming Hua Theological College. He has published books for young people about Myths and Western culture, ways of thinking and an introduction to 10 important contemporary thinkers.

He is now studying for a masters degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; his masters thesis is on Bishop Gore and the Anglican Incarnational Theology. He is particularly interested in the history of Christian thought, especially the development of Anglican theology.

Section 4. Homosexuality and Science.

Revd. Dr David de Pomerai - England

photo David de Pomerai is currently Associate Professor in the School of Biology at the University of Nottingham, England, where he has been lecturing in genetics and animal development for almost 30 years. He has published two books and some 80 scientific papers on a variety of research topics, most recently dealing with nematode indicator genes that respond to environmental stress. He was recently the recipient of a UK-IERI Major Award to promote research co-operation between the UK and India. He was ordained in 1993 after studying part-time on the East Midlands Ministry Training Course (EMMTC), where he obtained a distinction. His interests in faith and science are combined in a long-running taught course on Bioethics, which examines the ethical and social implications of several recent developments in the biological sciences (cloning, genetic engineering etc). He is also a long-standing member of the Society of Ordained Scientists. He is currently serving as an Associate Minister in the parish of Walton-on-Trent, Croxall, Rosliston and Linton with Castle Gresley, and also acts as Science Adviser in the Diocese of Derby, England.


Prof. Glynn Harrison - England

photoGlynn Harrison is Norah Cooke Hurle Professor of Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Bristol. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist interested in early interventions for young adults and the evaluation of interventions to enhance evidence-based practice. He researches the epidemiology of mental disorders, and is interested in the relative contributions of biological and social/environmental risk factors. He has acted as an Adviser to the World Health Organisation and the UK Health Department and he is currently President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology. He is a Diocesan Lay Minister and a Member of the General Synod of the Church of England.

Section 5. Homosexuality and Culture

Rt Revd. Terry Brown - Melanesia

photo Bishop Terry has been Bishop of Malaita, Solomon Islands, South Pacific in the Church of the Province of Melanesia for the past 11 years. He was born in the USA but he had his theological training in Canada, from which he first went as a missionary to the Church of Melanesia in 1975. For six years He taught at the provincial theological college, Bishop Patteson Theological College. He then returned to Canada to do his doctorate in church history. For 11 years he was Asia/Pacific Mission Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Canada, based in Toronto, but travelling extensively throughout the Asia/Pacific region and beyond. Finally, in 1996 he was elected bishop of Malaita, returning not as a missionary but under local conditions of service with his fellow bishops. He is now Senior Bishop of the Province.

Bishop Terry's interest in the area of the church and homosexuality is general, covering areas of Scripture, theology, history, science, ethics and culture and is rooted in his own personal life, his interest in history and anthropology and his experience of mission and ministry in many cross-cultural situations -- the proclamation of the Gospel and living it faithfully but also sensitively in terms of those who have very different views than one's own.


Mrs Helen Wangusa - Uganda

photo Hellen, full name, Hellen Grace Akwii-Wangusa, was born in Ngora, Uganda on 3 Sepember, 1956 to an Anglican Priest and a Mothers’ Union Worker. She has  four Children; Musaye 24, Awulira 20, Muruye 20 and Amala 18.

She was educated in several schools before joining Makerere University, Uganda, where she graduated in with a Bachelors degree in Literature and a concurrent Diploma in Education. In 1984 she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Masters Degree in Oklahoma, USA. She has worked as a secondary school teacher, a teaching assistant in Makerere University, a research assistant in Tulsa University then a lecturer in the Department of Literature in Makerere. She then moved on to work as the Provincial Women’s Worker for the Church of Uganda. She was asked to coordinate the African Women’s Economic Policy Network based in Uganda, then UNDP as the Africa Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals.

She is the Vice President of the All Africa Conference of Churches and the chairperson of the International South Group Network. She sits on a number of regional and international boards.

Section 6. Sexuality and Identity.

Revd. Canon Sue Burns - Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

photo Sue is currently the Ministry Educator for the Diocese of Waikato. She is responsible for lay and ordained ministry formation from discernment through ministry education to ongoing vocational and professional development. The role has many other facets. She has been responsible for planning and facilitating respectful conversations on sexuality and homosexuality across dioceses of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. It has been a privilege to meet with the participants in each setting of these conversations.

Before emigrating to Aotearoa/New Zealand I completed ministry training at Trinity College, Bristol, England having graduated with an honours degree in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield. It was through the study of biblical hermeneutics in Sheffield that I responded consciously to God and also began a lifetime of interest in language and interpretation. I delight in conversation and hold a Masters in Counselling and professional membership as a counsellor. I am currently enrolled in a PhD which includes theological reflection with the narratives and identities of people who are migrating.


Revd. Janet Trisk - Southern Africa

photoJanet is a South African and a lecturer in Systematic Theology and Spirituality at the College of the Transfiguration, Grahamstown, South Africa. She is ordained and served for five years in parish ministry. She represented the ACSA at the ACC meeting in 2005. Before training for the ministry Janet was a lawyer. Her academic interests include women's theologies, the construction of identity and Christian anthropology. She holds a Masters degree from the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral studies keep getting postponed by activities such as this study process!

Section 7. Sexuality and Spirituality

Revd. Dr. Joseph Galgalo - Kenya

photoJoseph is the Associate Professor in Systematic and Contextual Theologies at St Paul's United Theological College, Limuru, Kenya. He is also a priest of the Anglican Church of Kenya and involved in theological education and ecumenical formation at various levels. Joseph serves as a member of the Inter-Anglican theological and Doctrinal Commission, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Panel of Reference, and the Education and Ecumenical Formation Commission of the WCC.


Revd. Debbie Royals - USA

photo Debbie was born in Tucson, Arizona.  She is from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe on my mother’s side and part Cherokee on her father’s side.  She is the mother of two sons and a grandmother.  She attended the University of Arizona studying nursing and worked as a nurse and health care administrator for 25 years prior to attending seminary.

She attended seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and completed a Master of Divinity in 2005 and a Master of Arts in Religion and Society at the Graduate Theological Union in 2006.  Her thesis, ‘Bridge-maker: Developing/Imagining a Native American Narrative Theology for Ministry’ offers an objective view of the systems that inform the development of Native ministry. 

Debbie’s ministry in the church includes Native American ministry development, writing curriculum for Native Ministry and the Church, spiritual direction, and the development of an appreciative focus on diversity training. She has published several articles in the First People’s Theology Journal relating to the spirituality of indigenous people.

She believes that the “Listening Process” offers the hope for reconciliation and witness of the Anglican Communion to the world.  As an indigenous woman theologian she understands that our relationship with our God and Creator seeks to bring into balance our whole selves; therefore, connecting sexuality and spirituality are essential.

Her partner, The Revd Kay Sylvester serves as priest in the Diocese of Los Angeles.

Section 8. Developing Skills in Listening

Ms Janet Marshall - Canada

photoJanet Marshall is a congregational development consultant and adult educator who works extensively with churches and judicatories to help create healthy communities of faith. Janet is co-founder of Potentials, an ecumenical centre for the development of ministry and congregations. Her work includes developing resources, and the design and facilitation of processes for listening and learning, visioning and planning, conflict mediation, leadership development, amalgamations, organizational renewal, and making difficult decisions. She is co-author of Hearing Diverse Voices – Seeking Common Ground a program of study on homosexuality for the Anglican Church of Canada, and God, Kids and Us: The Growing Edge of Ministry with Children and the People Who Care for Them, and author of A Journey Just Begun, a parish visioning resource. She is currently working on Amalgamations and Mergers: Last Gasp or New Ministry?


Revd. Canon Charley Thomas - Zambia

Charley is the son of the late Very Revd Canon K T Thomas, an Indian missionary to East Africa and Zambia for 40 years. His wife is Dr Rachel C Thomas and their children’s names are Molly, Tony and Jolly.
Even though he was born in Kerala, India, he was educated in Tanzania, India, Zambia and the United Kingdom. He is a graduate in Theology, Mission Studies, Anglican Communion Studies and has attended numerous workshops and conferences in Globalization, WCC-Focus on Africa, Contextual Theology, Evangelism and Development, Canterbury Summer School, ALPHA, Inter-Faith Exposure, All Africa Conference of Churches, General Assembly, Peace and Conflict Resolution, etc.

He was ordained to the diaconate in Central Zambia and to the priesthood in Bath and Wells. He was on secondment as Director of Ecumenical Theological Education by Extension in Zambia (1992 to 2001); and as Director of Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation (2001 to2007) and is Dean Designate of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka, Zambia (October 2007).

As an Indian resident in Africa for over 40 years and having trained in three continents, and, with family in Africa, America, Europe and Asia, he believes he has been called to a ministry of cross-cultural reconciliation. As an Anglican priest and the son of one, he has grown up in the Anglican anglo-catholic, evangelical, charismatic and modernist traditions. Fifteen years of ecumenical ministry has had an impact on his life, preparing him to listen to views and voices that are not necessarily his, but have played an important role in his formation.

He believes he can make a contribution to the ‘Listening Process’ and the healing process of the Anglican Communion.