Oxford Chaplains 2010
Christianity, in and around Oxford University, is thriving and diverse. Almost all the spiritual, liturgical and theological traditions of Christian history are represented: Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant; Evangelical, Conservative, Charismatic, Liberal, Radical. From Anglican Choral Evensong to a Charismatic Worship Service, whatever you might be attracted to in Christianity, you have a good chance of finding it in Oxford. And helping you think through the relationship between these various traditions and choices are the Chaplains who serve in Oxford. Most colleges have a chaplain: and most denominational churches in the city have a chaplain serving the student population. All these chaplains are constantly engaged in mission: in making the Gospel known to the world. The variety of ways in which this is done can be bewildering. Chaplains are engaged in pastoral care; in teaching and research; in preaching and praying; in facilitating contemplation of the faith, and directing spiritual life. Oxford Chaplains 2010 seeks to advertise a small slice of what we do in our own colleges. Through the “Crunchtime” events on Community Organizing, we look at how Christians might serve the world beyond Oxford. Through discussion and debate, often using the most widely accessed contemporary art-form – cinema – as a springboard, we try to reflect on our faith in our own time. Chaplains in Oxford are here to serve you: here are some of the events in fourth week under the banner “Oxford Chaplains 2010”.
Sunday 7th February
Preachers involved in community organising will be speaking at Balliol, Hertford, Merton, Somerville, Trinity and University Chapels (evening), and at St Mary Magdalen Church (10.30am) and Magdalen College (11am).
At Exeter for Choral Evensong, the Preacher will be Karen Armstrong, Writer and Broadcaster.
At Lincoln, the Preacher is Dr Peter McCullough, Senior Fellow in English.
At Oriel the Preacher is the Rev’d Jane Ball, Chaplain of Godolphin School
At BNC, the Speaker is Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Stern on issues between “Judaism and Christianity”.
At Worcester, Dr. Jonathan Arnold will be speaking on the “Heavenly Virtues”. This week: Temperance.
Keble College – 8:30 for 9pm:
Launch event for “Crunchtime” with the Bishop of Oxford – with free drinks, live jazz and a video about paid Jellicoe Internships in community organising.
Monday 8th February
Worcester College – The Woodroffe Society lunch meets in Nuffield Building Room 11. Over a free lunch, there will be a continuing informal discussion of the work of Kierkegaard. All are welcome, of all faiths and none. At 6:15pm there is Choral Evensong in the Chapel.
5.30-6.30pm at St Aldate’s Church: “How Christians helped to win a Living Wage Olympics”
A drinks reception and discussion with the Revd Adam Atkinson (St Paul’s, Shadwell – London Citizens’ 2009 Congregation of the Year), David Barclay (OUSU President-Elect and 2009 Jellicoe Intern) and Jonathan Cox (Lead Organiser of Citizens for Sanctuary).
8pm at Lincoln College’s EPA Centre (on Museum Road