Rev Dr Peter Sedgwick - MA, PhD
Canon Dr. Peter Sedgwick became Principal and Warden of St.Michael’s College Llandaff in Easter 2004. He was ordained deacon in the Church of England, in 1974, after training at Westcott House, Cambridge, and became a priest in 1975. He was a curate in East London from 1974-77, an incumbent (in charge of a parish) in Co Durham from 1977- 79, and an assistant priest in Birmingham from 1979-1982. From 1982- 88 he was Theological Consultant to the North East churches, covering all denominations from Middlesborough to the Scottish border. He was involved in many issues such as the 1984 miner’s strike; the introduction of IVF treatment in hospitals; the disputes around the theology of Bishop David Jenkins on the Resurrection; and the ecumenical relations between the churches.
His academic life began in 1967 when he studied history at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, for a BA degree, followed by a year at Keble College, Oxford studying religion, foreign policy and public opinion in the United States during the 1930s. He then returned to Cambridge where he took a second degree in theology while training for ordination. In 1977 he began studying at Durham University for a PhD in theology and moral philosophy, which was awarded in 1983. He lectured in modern theology and ethics at the University of Birmingham from 1979-82, and was Course Director at the University of Hull for the MA in Theology and Society from 1988-94. He became a life fellow of the Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey in 1991, and was also awarded a Fulbright scholarship for six month’s sabbatical at Princeton. In 1994-5 he was Vice Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge. He has been external examiner at several university departments of theology, including Birmingham, Leeds and Heythrop College, London, and has also examined many doctorates.
Peter Sedgwick has served on many boards and committees of the Church of England dealing with ecumenism, theological training and social policy, and in 1996 he went to work full time for the central offices of the Church of England. He was their policy officer for home affairs from 1996-2004, where he was the link between the Church of England and the Government on mental health, criminal justice and drugs. He also founded and chaired the ecumenical body Churches’ Criminal Justice Forum in 2002 , which has worked both with the Home Office and the Prison Service in promoting and co ordinating voluntary action in the criminal justice system. In 2004 he returned to academic life as Principal of St.Michael’s College, Llandaff. He is also Dean of the Faculty of Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University and Ministry Officer for the Church in Wales. In 2007 he became Moderator for Church and Society of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, which is the ecumenical body which unites all churches in the United Kingdom.
He edits the journal of Christian social ethics called Crucible, and has written or edited about a dozen books, including studies of mission, the church in the city, and social ethics. Current articles over the last three years include a forthcoming essay in an international symposium on the relation of the political philosophy of John Rawls to religious social thought. ; the formation of ordinands and contemporary ministry; and Anglican theology from Michael Ramsey to Rowan Williams.
Peter Sedgwick has seven master’s students working under him on topics to do with modern theology, and Christianity and society, and supervises three PhD students. These are studying the future of hospital chaplaincy; practical theology in Newfoundland; and the Anglican understanding of mission. He teaches one B Th module on Anglicanism, and another module on ethics in the M Th in Chaplaincy.