Biography 2007 Wilberforce Lecturer Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu - Archbishop of York

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The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Dr John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu is the 97th Archbishop of York. He was formerly Bishop for the Diocese of Birmingham (2002-2005) and Bishop for Stepney (1996-2002).

He was inaugurated in York Minster on the 30th November 2005.

Dr Sentamu was born into Uganda’s Buffalo clan and encouraged by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He practised Law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974.

He read theology at Selwyn College Cambridge and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge and then part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges.
Following his ordination in 1979 he served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge. From 1979-1982 he was Chaplain at HM Remand Centre Lachmere House and Curate of St Andrew’s, Ham in the Diocese of Southwark.

Dr Sentamu served as curate and then vicar in the south London parishes of Herne Hill, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill, and in 1996 he was appointed Bishop for Stepney. His appointment as Bishop for Birmingham followed in 2002 and Archbishop of York in 2005.

As Archbishop of York he is a Primate of England and Metropolitan, a member of the House of Lords and a Privy Councillor.

Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and played a major role in encouraging the churches to speak out against institutional racism following the public enquiry.

In 2005 Dr Sentamu wrote the foreword to the book ‘Rejection, Resistance and Resurrection: Speaking Out Against Racism in the Church’, he said “The stories in this book speak of the pain of what it is to undergo institutional racism”.