The Revd Dr Peniel Rajkumar, Global Theologian, United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), was installed as Honorary Minor Canon Theologian at the Evensong service at York Minster on Sunday 8th May.

“In his role as Global Theologian, Peniel is part of USPG’s research team, addressing some of the defining issues of our time,” said Canon Michael Smith, Acting Dean of York. “His work takes a deep and systematic look at the contexts in which USPG’s partners are engaged around the world. With Peniel installed as Honorary Minor Canon Theologian at York Minster, USPG looks forward to continuing a long and mutually beneficial partnership here.”

Engaging with World Issues

Maggie McLean, the Minster’s Canon Missioner said, “Peniel brings a global perspective to our understanding of Christianity and discipleship. He will contribute a distinctive voice to our theological discussions and Bible Studies, and to our teaching through participating in webinars as well as other opportunities, such as preaching and leading small groups. His appointment as Honorary Minor Canon Theologian at York Minster, will also give him a base in the North of England as he continues his work with USPG across our region and as we support the work of this Mission Agency.”

Anticipating his new role, Peniel said: “I am looking forward to supporting York Minster in fostering a culture and climate of theological engagement that can, in perpetual openness to the surprises of the Spirit, embrace the many promises and challenges of our times with courage, creativity and compassion.”

The Revd Dr Duncan Dormor, General Secretary, USPG said: “The appointment of Peniel, a person of exceptional gifts, ability and experience is an exciting and creative move and demonstrates York Minster’s commitment to engaging with the issues facing the world and the Church, and each one of us as we seek to serve our neighbour global and local today.”

Peniel Rajkumar joined United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG) in July 2021 after serving for the past nine years as Programme Executive and coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation with the World Council of Churches, Geneva.