Reverend Andrew Teal to speak in BYU Forum


Attendees at the 26th Annual Symposium on International Law and Religion at J. Reuben Clark Law School listen to a presentation by Chaplain and Speaker Andrew Teal in 2019. Teal will deliver the BYU Forum speech on Tuesday, October 26. (Sydnee Gonzalez)

Reverend Andrew Teal, chaplain, fellow and lecturer in theology at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, will speak at a campus forum on October 26.

According to the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford Web page, one of Teal’s primary areas of research is frontier theology and spirituality, particularly dialogue with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Teal is an Anglican Reverend who works to build friendly relations between different religions.

“I am committed as an Anglican and as a person in Oxford to do all I can to be part of reconciling our communities, because it matters,” Teal told a Maxwell Institute. Podcast.

When Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles lectured at Oxford University in 2018, he and Teal met and quickly became friends. “He is just, truly, and lovingly one of the best friends I have,” Elder Holland said in a virtual conversation with Teal.

After their meeting, Teal became familiar with the Church. Brother Holland also invited him to speak at BYU and attend General Conference.

Teal accepted Elder Holland’s invitation and visited BYU in 2019, where he attended the Maxwell Institute’s first Inspiring Student Learning Seminar. According to a item published by the Maxwell Institute, Teal’s experience with the Institute’s student researchers had a positive impact.

“The Institute appears to have created a suitable conversational community, informed by a spirit of reciprocity,” Teal said in the Maxwell Institute article. “Here we see students and academics learning together, creating the beginning of lasting relationships. “

Following Teal’s initial visit to BYU, J. Spencer Fluhman, executive director of the Maxwell Institute, invited Teal to become a visiting scholar for the Institute.

As a visiting scholar, Teal will work on an academic study of Joseph Smith as a Christian leader. Teal will also be participating in various campus events, such as the forum address he will be delivering.

Teal’s forum address will be broadcast live on BYUtv,, KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio 107.9 FM and SiriusXM 143.

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