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Reverend Canon Doctor Kirkley Caleb Sands

Dean of Faculty & Head of Academics

Biography

Reverend Canon Doctor Kirkley Caleb Sands is the Dean of Faculty/Head of Academics and Lecturer at Codrington College. Reverend Canon Dr. Sands is from the Bahamas and graduated with a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

He is a former Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Religion and Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, The University of The Bahamas, Oakes Field Campus, Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas; and a former Dean and President of Templeton Seminary, Nassau, Bahamas.

While on Sabbatical during the Fall Semester 2007, Dr. Sands was a Research Associate at Yale University, a Senior Mission Scholar in Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center, and an Associate Member of the African Studies Council at Yale University. 

The topic of his research while at Yale was “Christianity in the Caribbean 1910 – 2010.’’ The result of his research was an essay by the same title, which was published in the Atlas of Global Christianity, Edited by Todd M. Johnson & Kenneth R. Ross, Edinburgh University Press, 2009. 

He is a member of The Yale-Edinburgh Group of Scholars, which meets in conference annually at Yale and Edinburgh respectively. He is also a member of the Provincial Doctrinal Commission of The Church in The Province of the West Indies.

Dr. Sands has been a Priest in the Church in the Province of the West Indies for more than fifty years. He is married and is the proud father of four children and three grandchildren. 

Publications

  • The Essence of Christian Living, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, 1981
  • The Christian Church and the Penal Code: A Christian Response to Crime in The Bahamas, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, 1987
  • The Anglican Church and Education in The Bahamas: The Anglican Contribution to Education and the Building of Civil Society in The Bahamas 1725 – 1890, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, 2007
  • Early Bahamian Slave Spirituality: The Genesis of Bahamian Cultural Identity, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, 2008
  • “Christianity in the Caribbean 1910-2010” Atlas of Global Christianity, Edited by Todd M. Johnson & Kenneth R. Ross, Edinburgh University Press, 2009
  • Early Anglican Bishops in Bahamian History: A History of the Anglican Church in The Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos Islands from Lipscombe to Venables, The Nassau Guardian (1844) Limited, 2011, and Blessed Hope Publishing, 2015

Published Articles

  • Junkanoo in Historical Perspective, published in Junkanoo & Religion: Christianity and Cultural Identity in The Bahamas, Papers Presented at the Junkanoo Symposium, March 2002
  • Theological Implications of Junkanoo, published in Junkanoo & Religion: Christianity and Cultural Identity in The Bahamas, March 2002
  • Primal Religions in Contemporary Perspectives, published in Junkanoo & Religion: Christianity and Cultural Identity in The Bahamas, March 2002
  • Contextual Theology, published in Junkanoo & Religion: Christianity and Cultural Identity in The Bahamas, March 2002
  • Religion in An Independent Bahamas, published in The BAHAMAS: Independence and Beyond
  • Bahamian Slave Folklore, published in Cultural Perspectives, On the occasion of The Bahamas Heritage Festival 4 – 8 March, 2003
  • Religion in The Bahamas, accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Religious Practices probably in 2014
  • Caribbean Christianity 1910-2010, published in the Atlas of Global Christianity, published by Edinburgh University Press, 2009

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