Trustees of Wycliffe Hall, the Oxford Evangelical Anglican theological college, have admitted acting unfairly in dismissing broadcaster and writer Dr Elaine Storkey from her senior lecturing post. Mr Bruce Carr, counsel for the Trustees, conceded there were no contributing factors for Dr Storkey’s dismissal and that they had not followed ‘statutory procedures’. Dr Storkey said she was dismissed ‘midway through grievance procedures’ she had brought. After the tribunal she said it had pained her to argue publicly with fellow Christians ‘but justice is important’. Much of her expected £20,000 compensation could be used in costs, she added. A separate claim that the college religiously discriminated against her because of her open Evangelical rather than conservative Evangelical position is to be heard on 11–12 June.
Sources: Church Times (11/1); Daily Telegraph (8/1); The Times (8/1)
How sad to hear of this dispute among christians leading to the dismissal of such an eminent lecturer. Her students will be the poorer for this action but many more will be hoping to hear Dr Storkey continue broadcasting from time to time.