On Oct. 23, 2016, we welcomed The Reverend Canon Michael Rusk from St. Peter’s Church of Oadby Parish in the United Kingdom to the Dean’s Forum. Reverend Rusk’s wide-ranging conversation with Dean Tracey Lind included Christian-Muslim relations, the theology of play, the Church of England, the Troubles of Northern Ireland, and cathedral ministry in Great Britain.
The Rev. Canon Michael Rusk is Team Rector of Oadby in the Diocese of Leicester in the East Midlands of England. Oadby is a large multi-ethnic suburban parish in an area of fast demographic change. A native of Belfast, Ireland, Michael is a Canon of St Martin’s Cathedral Leicester and together with the Dean is responsible for preparing the cathedral for the anticipated burial of King Richard III whose remains were unearthed after a spectacular archaeological dig close-by the Cathedral in 2013.
In recent years, Michael, along with his colleague, the Revd. Bonnie Evans-Hills, has emerged as an expert in Christian-Muslim dialogue. Their book entitled Engaging Islam From A Christian Perspective is to be published this year in the Studies in Episcopal and Anglican Theology Series. Michael believes that working in a community where there are significant numbers of Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs offers the church a great opportunity to demonstrate and to share the radically inclusive love of Christ with everyone of whatever faith.