The Rev'd Dr Colin Manley Morris (born 1929) is an English Methodistminister. Born into a mining family, after his ordination he served the Methodist Church in Zambia then Northern Rhodesia) for 15 years. He stood out for racial integration within the church, became a close friend of the leader of the independence movement, Dr Kenneth Kaunda, and was closely involved in the formation of the United Church of Zambia soon after the country became independent. He has always espoused an explicitly anti-racist and socialist position and argued that it represents the authentic spirit of Christianity.
After returning from Zambia, Colin Morris occupied prominent positions in British Methodism, becoming first the superintendent minister of Wesley's Chapel in London, and subsequently General Secretary of the Church's Overseas Division. He was President of the Methodist Conference in 1976-77.
From early in his career, Dr Morris has been a regular speaker on the BBCRadio 4 programme Thought for the Day, with a radical perspective and an instantly recognizable voice. For a period in 1971 he withdrew from the programme in protest against alleged representations by the Conservative PartyWhips against his criticism on the programme of the party's immigration policy as un-Christian, an incident that caused questions to be asked in the House of Lords. He was still contributing to Thought for the Day in 2009.
In 1978 Colin Morris moved out of the ordinary work of the Methodist ministry to work for the BBC, as head of TV Religious Programmes. He subsequently held the posts of Head of Religious Broadcasting, Special Advisor to the Director-General, and Controller of BBC Northern Ireland. Since retiring from management within the BBC he has continued to broadcast, presenting numerous religious programmes. From 1991 to 1996 he served as Director of the Centre for Religious Communication in Oxford.
As well as his broadcasting work, Colin Morris has been a prolific author of books and pamphlets. Most of his published work reflects either his experience as a white missionary in black Africa, or as an ordained minister working as a professional broadcaster.