Dr Muthuraj Swamy
Dr Muthuraj Swamy (PhD Edinburgh) has joined CCCW in April 2018. He comes with about 25 years of training and teaching in theological education. He is a member of the Church of South India, and was formerly the Dean of Theology in the Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, where he was also the Dean of Postgraduate Studies.
Muthuraj comes with rich cross-cultural experience in theological education, world Christianity, interfaith engagement and church involvement. He has worked as visiting faculty in theological institutions in India and UK. In 2017, he did a three-month sabbatical at the Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Since 2017, he is a Visiting Fellow at St. John’s College, Durham University.
Muthuraj has presented papers in international conferences and has published widely. He is the author of The Problem with Interreligious Dialogue: Plurality, Conflict and Elitism in Hindu-Christian-Muslim Relationships (Bloomsbury, 2016). He has been commissioned to write the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book 2019 on the theme reconciliation (SPCK, London & Delhi). He is leading the Mission Theology in the Anglican Communion project and is the Editor of its book series written by theologians from the global South.
The areas of his research interest include World Christianity, interfaith dialogue, ecumenical relations, contextual theologies, religious and other fundamentalisms, religion-secular distinctions/relations, and science and religion.
Telephone: 01223 (3)30641
Intercultural Encounter Coordinator
Heather grew up in Cambridge, and has recently returned to live here after four years away at Warwick University reading History.
She joined the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in September 2017 and is looking forward to hearing about, and helping to facilitate, all your plans for encountering Christian communities across the world.
Heather’s interests include reading, History (particularly early modern British and religious), organising events, singing, baking and planning her upcoming wedding!
Polly Keen oversees all aspects of the business and communications of the Centre, a role she has held since 2003. She is married and has two grown up daughters. Her interests include travel, history, genealogical research and watching rugby!
Telephone: 01223 (3)30640
Ruth MacLean was born to missionary parents and spent her early childhood in Turkey before they moved to London to continue their work amongst Turkish-speaking communities. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Education from Durham University, specialising in Theology and Linguistics. Since then, she has worked in libraries in Durham and Cambridge before coming to the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in 2014. In her present role, she brings together her skills and experience in librarianship with her family background of missionary work. Married to Donald John MacLean, an elder in the Cambridge Presbyterian Evangelical Church, and with two children, Hannah and Jonathan, her interests include books, theology, and the Scottish highlands and islands.
Telephone: 01223 (3)30642
Philip Saunders had a long career as a senior archivist for the Cambridgeshire County Council before joining the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide in January 2015. Philip has a strong commitment to records preservation, both in the sense of extending collections and ensuring best practices for records in storage and use. He is keen on raising awareness of the value of archives by record publication and by outreach talks and exhibitions.
His interests include contributions to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on the Huntingdonshire antiquaries Benjamin Hutchinson (1733-1804) and Robert Fox (1798-1843), the latter being the brother-in-law of Richard Taylor, early missionary to New Zealand and probably, like Henry Martyn a disciple of Charles Simeon.
Telephone: 01223 (3)30642