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William Owen Cole

consultant , religion educator , writer

William Owen Cole, British religion educator, consultant, writer. Served with Friends Ambulance Unit International Service, 1955-1957. Founding.


Cole, William Owen was born on September 22, 1931 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Son of William Owen Cole and Clara Coupland.


Bachelor in History, Durham University, 1954, Diploma in Education, 1955. Bachelor's Degree, London University, 1966. Master of Philosophy with distinction, Leeds University, 1975, Doctor of Philosophy, 1979.


Teacher primary schools, Wiltshire, England, 1957-1960, comprehensive schools, Essex, England, 1960-1963. Lecturer Northern Counties College, Northumberland, England, 1963-1968, James Graham College and Leeds Polytechnic, Yorkshire, England, 1968-1980. Part-time lecturer religious studies Leeds University and Open University.

Consultant in religious education Open University, 1981-1984. Interfaith consultant to archbishops of Canterbury and York, 1981-1991. Visiting professor religious studies Punjab University, Patiala, India, 1983.

Moderator committee for relations with people of other faiths Religious Education Panel British Council Churches, since 1982, also editor workshop in education, 1990.


  • Author: The Sikhs, 1978, Guru in Sikhism, 1982, Sikhism in its Indian Context 1469-1708, 1984, Six Religions in the Twentieth Century, 1984, Christianity, 1989. Editor: World Faiths in Education, 1978, Religion in the Multifaith School, 1983, Popular Dictioary of Sikhism, 1990, Moral Issues in Six Religions (Heinemann), 1991, Religious Education in the Primary Curriculum (Chansitor and Wheeler), 1991. Contributor articles to various publications.


Served with Friends Ambulance Unit International Service, 1955-1957.


Married Gwynneth Bowen. Children: Eluned, Siân Rhiannon.

William Owen Cole

Clara Coupland

Gwynneth Bowen

Eluned Cole

Siân Rhiannon Cole