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Kalyāṇa mitra

A Kalyāa mitra (good friend) of the OCBS is someone who supports the aims of the Centre and is prepared, as opportunity arises, to further them actively.

We are very happy to number the people below as Kalyāṇa-mitras:



Revd Professor Andrew Linzey

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The Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, PhD, DD, HonDD, is a member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford, and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He is also Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester, and Special Professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. In addition, he is the first Professor of Animal Ethics at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Indiana.


Professor Linzey previously held the world’s first academic post in Theology and Animal Welfare — at Mansfield College, Oxford (1992-2000), and subsequently at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford (2000-2006). From 1987 to 1992, he was Director of Studies of the Centre for the Study of Theology in the University of Essex, and from 1992 to 1996, he was Special Professor in Theology at the University of Nottingham. In 1998, he was Visiting Professor at the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1996 to 2007, he was also Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham.


Professor Linzey has written or edited 20 books and more than 100 articles. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Polish, Spanish, German, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Japanese. He has lectured and broadcast extensively in Europe and the United States. In 2001, he was awarded a DD (Doctor of Divinity) degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his ‘unique and massive pioneering work at a scholarly level in the area of the theology of creation with particular reference to the rights and welfare of God’s sentient creatures’. This is the highest award that the Archbishop can bestow on a theologian and the first time it has been awarded for theological work on animals. In 2006, he was placed on The Independent’s ‘Good List’ of 50 people who have changed Britain ‘for the better’. In 2010, he was awarded the Lord Erskine Award from the RSPCA for advancing animal welfare within the Christian community.

For more details on Professor Linzey please visit The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the Journal of Animal Ethics.


 

Clair Linzey

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Clair Linzey is the Deputy Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Ethics.

She graduated first in her class with First Class Honours from the University of St Andrews, Scotland (2002-2006), with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. While studying at St Andrews, she won a string of prizes, including the Samuel Rutherford Prize for outstanding achievement in Senior Honours, the Norman H. G. Robinson Book Prize for achievement in Senior Honours, the A. H. Johnstone Memorial Medal for outstanding achievement in Junior Honours, the John Hope Prize for achievement in Junior Honours, the Hamilton Bursary for academic merit, the Agnes Anderson Prize for outstanding examination performance, the Wemyss Bursary for academic merit, and the Yeomann Bursary for academic merit.

She was awarded the Monrad Scholarship and William Honeymoon Gillespie Scholarship to study at Harvard Divinity School, where she gained her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard University in 2008. During her time at Harvard, she was a member of the Editorial Review Board ofCulture: The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School, and was a research assistant for Professor Philip Clayton helping to produce Arthur Peacocke’s All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the Twenty First Century, edited by Philip Clayton (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007).

While at Harvard Divinity School, Clair won a place on their International Summer Field Education Placement in 2007. She spent the summer in Nicaragua where she taught in a rural school and travelled the country learning about its history and the growth of liberation theology. This, combined with her life-long commitment to animal protection, resulted in an interest in ecological and liberation theologies in South America. She is currently pursuing a PhD under Professor Mario Aguilar at the University of St Andrews on the Ecological Theology of Leonardo Boff with special consideration of the place of animals.

She is currently writing, with Andrew Linzey, a series of articles, including entries for the Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, the Encyclopedia of Bioethics 4th Edition, the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics, and the Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics.


For more details on Clair Linzey please visit The Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and the Journal of Animal Ethics.


 



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