Quaker becomes chair of Divinity

'Rachel Muers will be the first woman to hold the post.'

A Quaker professor spoke at the University of St Andrews last month about ‘Growing Trust in an Anxious Season’. Rachel Muers, a professor of Theology at the University of Leeds, was invited to preach at St Andrews University’s St Salvator’s Chapel.

Barbara Davey, the Quaker chaplain at St Andrews, told the Friend: ‘Rachel’s visit to Scotland was particularly fortuitous, following the announcement that Rachel has been appointed as the new chair of Divinity at New College, University of Edinburgh.’

‘Other notable Quaker voices who’ve been heard from the pulpit in St Andrews recently are Jocelyn Bell Burnell in 2020, and, in the lead up to COP26, Glasgow Friend Alastair McIntosh, with a sermon entitled “Climate Change and the healing of Nations”.’

The chair of Divinity is the oldest one in the University, going back to 1620 and providing intellectual and academic leadership in the area of theology and ethics. Rachel Muers will be the first woman to hold the post. She said: ‘The school has a long tradition of outstanding scholarship that’s rooted in a strong and diverse academic community and engaged with the urgent questions that contemporary society faces. Theology matters now as much as it ever has, and it’s always a shared task.’

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