Richard Turnbull- “The Serpent & The Dove: Entrepreneurs, Enterprise & Ethics.”

DESCRIPTION: There are many ethical challenges for entrepreneurs in the marketplace.  Dr. Turnbull will discuss how to balance being “wise as a serpent” and “innocent as a dove” (Matthew 10:16).  How does one maintain ethical rigour without being naive?  How does one recognize the ways of the world but still maintain an alternative ethical standard?  Dr. Turnbull will help equip attendees with a practical ethical framework for thriving in the marketplace.

People - Richard TurnbullRevd Dr. Richard Turnbull, Director, Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

Revd Dr. Richard Turnbull is Director, Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics ("CEME"), Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, an innovative project to bring a Christian view of enterprise and business into the heart of Christian and public life especially in the United Kingdom (  Dr Turnbull, an ordained minister of the Church of England, spent over 7 years as the Principal of Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He is a Chartered Accountant who spent several years working in the City of London. Dr Turnbull is an accomplished theologian and the author of several books of Church history, especially a biography of the nineteenth-century Evangelical leader, the Earl of Shaftesbury and Reviving the Heart, a history of the Evangelical Revival. He is currently working on a book entitled 'Christianity and the Market Economy.' Dr Turnbull is a director of the Church of England's investment fund and also an adviser on ethical investment. Dr Turnbull was until recently Principal of Wycliffe Hall which is a theological college within the diverse environment of the University of Oxford. 

The vision of Wycliffe Hall is to be an international centre of evangelical theology which equips, trains and sends out Christian servant leaders who will play their part in proclaiming and living the power of the gospel of Jesus into the Church, the world and the academy.  Wycliffe’s aim is to train Christian leaders to exercise their ministry more effectively in the church, the workplace, the community and the academy.

The vision for the CEME is “to establish a Centre which brings together scholars, business people and those concerned with public policy to examine, within the framework of Judaeo-Christian theology, the practical challenges of doing business in the 21st century global market economy.”