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The Dean Speaks

21 April 2023

Eid Mubarak from the Dean


A message from the Dean, the Revd Dr Ellen Clark-King:

"As the new moon comes into view, I want to wish Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim students and staff.

It was my honour to speak last night at the London Central Mosque's Interfaith Iftar to a room filled with representatives from very many faiths, including a number of King's students. One thing that I said there, I also wanted to share here - this was that, in our world today, where faith in humanity as well as in God is often muted, where hope is too often eaten away by despair, and where love between peoples is often hard to see, I believe our role as people of faith is more important than ever. All our traditions root us in a sense of deeper purpose and meaning, in an understanding of love and of justice, and it's together that we can best live out the vision that is set at the heart of King's College London - to make the world a better place.

And, in wishing a joyful Eid to all our Muslim students and staff, I also want to apologise for missing the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi while I was away on holiday, and to wish all our Sikh staff and students happiness and blessing.

May all of us at King's, whether we call ourselves people of faith or not, remain respectful and curious about one another and use our shared values and commitment to really make the world a better place for all people."





Find out about sermons and sermon series at King's



Written pieces from the Dean


Every Wednesday lunchtime during term, we hold a sung Church of England Eucharist, or Holy Communion, service in the College Chapel on the Strand campus with music sung by the Choir of King's College London. A sermon is given by a member of the Dean's Office and Chaplaincy team, or by a guest preacher. 

  • In the Autumn term of 2021, our sermon series focused on the joys and challenges of 'Living out Faith on Campus'. You can read the Dean's sermon on the topic of Gender & Identity via this link (pdf, 191 KB). 

  • In the Spring term of 2022, the Dean gave the Ash Wednesday sermon which reflects on the conflict in Ukraine - you can read the sermon via this link (pdf, 85 KB)




The Dean wrote on the topic of God (he/she/they, him/her/them) for in March 2022.




The Dean gave an Associate of King's College (AKC) lecture in January 2021 titled: Religious Leadership: Learning from the Desert Elders.

Conversation with AKC Ambassador and PhD student, Emma Lowe

As part of the AKC Conversations: Voices in the Wilderness series, the Dean met in conversation with AKC Ambassador and PhD student, Emma Lowe.

Ellen examines the role of humility and service in good leadership and discusses the ways in which leadership is both a communal and a creative process.

She also reflects on the process of finding one's vocation and the ways in which the vocation of leadership has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has provided both a challenge and the opportunity for positive disruption to the status quo.

Conversation with The Very Revd Dr Kelly Brown Douglas

As part of the AKC Conversations: Voices in the Wilderness series, the Dean met in conversation with The Very Revd Dr Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union in New York City.

Dean Douglas is a pioneering voice addressing sexual issues in relation to the black religious community, and an advocate for equal rights for LGBTQ persons.

This conversation covers issues of gender and race equality, the importance of diversity and empowerment in leadership, the Black Lives Matter movement and a vision of hope embodied by the young leaders of tomorrow.

Why King's has a Dean

Why King’s has a Dean

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The Dean is responsible for fostering and promoting spiritual development and welfare at King's.