Well after my summer orientation at Oxford, for a P.hD through the Graduate Theological Foudnation with supervision provided by Oxford University, faculty at Oxford suggested I look to transfer to a full D.Phil in Oxford, but I couldn't meet the residency requirements. Whilst I was in Oxford I got to spend some time with Prof Andrew Walker of Kings College and he suggested I move to Kings.

So after thinking I would find it impossible to meet UK university residency requirements (I am staying in my full time pastoral role), I had my interview at Kings College London today, and have been accepted. My primary superviser will be Luke Bretherton, and secondary will be Andrew Walker.

It feels like the research opportunity of a lifetime. Whilst I enjoyed the vigor of my doctor of ministry, I am looking forward to the rigor of a P.hD. Having surfaced from my D.Min feeling on top of my game so to speak, the pre-induction reading list from my superviser (see below), has me feeling like I did on my first day at school, overwhelmed, and out of my depth. Still gives me something else to blog about for the next 6 years!

My intitial research proposal is here. I'd love feedback from any of you on the topic and suggestions for my reading.

I also need help with sponsorship and funding for the programme, more information is here

Initial Reading...

-------------- Christoph Schwobel & Colin Gunton eds., Persons, Divine & Human (T & TClark, 1991)

Healy, N. M., Church, World and the Christian life: Practical-Prophetic Ecclesiology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).

Douglas Farrow, Ascension and Ecclesia: On the Significance of the Doctrine of the Ascension for Ecclesiology & Christian Cosmology (T & T Clark 1999).

Michael Jinkins, The Church Faces Death: Ecclesiology in a Post-Modern Context (Oxford University Press 1999).

Ephraim Radner, The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West (Eerdmans, 1998).

Miroslav Volf, After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity (Eerdmans, 1998)

WCC Faith and Order 111, Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (WCC 1982).

WCC Faith and Order 181, The Nature and Purpose of the Church (WCC 2000).

Zizioulas, J. D., Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church (New York: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1985).

Roger Haight, Christian Community in History Vols 1 & 2 (Continuum, 2004 & 2005)

J. Moltmann, Church in the Power of the Spirit

J. N. D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines, 5th edn (Continuum, 1977).

Kathryn Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001).

Hans Küng, The Church (Burns and Oates 1968).

C. Braaten, Marks of the Body of Christ

James Buckley and David Yeago, eds., Knowing the Triune God: The Work of the Spirit in the Practices of the Church, (Eerdmans 2001)

Gavin D'Costa, Sexing the Trinity: Gender, Culture and the Divine (SCM Press, 2000).

Hauerwas, S., 'What Could It Mean for the Church to Be Christ's Body? A Question without a Clear Answer,' in In Good Company: The Church as Polis (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995)

Colin Gunton and Daniel Hardy, ed., On Being the Church: Essays on the Christian Community, (T&T Clark, 1989)

Robert Jenson, Systematic Theology, Vol 2 Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church O’Donovan, Oliver, The Ways of Judgment(Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005)

Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God (Yale University Press, 2003)