Michaelmas 2017 Term Card

Week 1 / 09-Oct / Jonathan Brant / Opening Freshers Event – Blue Boar Room, Christchurch College: ‘Being Transformed: How to get an Oxford Degree without Losing Your Soul’
Week 2 / 16-Oct / Rob Heimburger / A Scholarly View: ‘God Loves Migrants’
Week 3 / 23-Oct / Alan Storkey / The Christian Deconstruction of Militarism and War
Week 4 / 30-Oct / Social / Walking Tour of the Religious History in Oxford
Week 5 / 06-Nov / Richard Gunton / Academia within Faith: ‘From philosophy to policy: the tale of a Christian academic initiative’
Week 6 / 13-Nov / Thomas Harvey / Conversations on… ‘Transformative Mission in the 21st Century’

Week 7 / 20-Nov / Paula Puckett / Forum Night: ‘The strategic impact of Christian Graduate Student Groups in the University’

Forum Night is focused on Christian student groups, an evening for discussion and thought about the future direction of the GCF for our members and the wider University. All are welcome.

Week 8 / 27-Nov / Michael Bourdeaux / Life Lessons of a Christian Scholar: ‘Oxford to Moscow 1959: a Chosen Observer?’

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About Us

Welcome to the Graduate Christian Forum, a society for conversation between postgraduate (e.g., DPhil, Master’s degree) students and faculty from across the Christian community in Oxford. It’s a place to come together and think about what it means to be a Christian engaged in academic work, about how our faith shapes our disciplinary work and vice versa.

As a lecture society, we hold a Monday night speaker series during term, upstairs in The Mitre pub (unless otherwise noted). The talk begins at 7.30 PM and typically ends around 9.00 PM. Please join us at 7.00 PM for snacks and conversation.

The Oxford Graduate Christian Forum is an officially recognised Oxford University Students’ Union society, previously known as the Oxford Graduate Christian Union.

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Where We Meet

Upstairs at the Mitre Pub.

On the corner of High St. & Turl St.

19:00 for drinks and snacks.

The talk begins at 19:30.

Every Monday  of term (see term card)

End by 21:00, with Q & A.

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Events & Resources

Oxford Conversations

A great collection of curated interviews with leading Christian academics and scholars at the University of Oxford.

Check out the videos on the website.

Developing a Christian Mind

Developing a Christian Mind at Oxford provides space for postgraduate students, post-docs and faculty to consider how they integrate their Christian faith and their academic life. The programme includes two conferences, Christianity and the Life of the Mind: An Introduction (30-31 Jan 2016), and Seeking Wisdom: Engaging the Academic Disciplines from the Standpoint of Faith (18-19 Mar 2016). It also includes a smaller group called Christians in Academia that runs through the year for discussion, mentoring, and prayer.

Check out the Developing a Christian Mind website for information on these conferences and more.

The Oxford Pastorate

The Oxford Pastorate is a Christian charity, an historic Anglican chaplaincy that has been serving Oxford University students since 1893. We now serve the postgraduate community, offering: pastoral care through an international team of experienced chaplains; connection to Christian groups and initiatives in Oxford; a welcome and orientation programme for internationals; Christian leadership development programmes; and opportunities for Christian postgraduates to engage with the wider University in service and mission.

For more information:  http://oxfordpastorate.org.

The Oxford Character Project

Each year, Oxford and other world-class universities produce leaders and thinkers who go on to have significant influence and impact around the world. The Oxford Character Project, affiliated with the Oxford Pastorate, aims to help talented postgraduate students develop key virtues of character which will prepare them to be the wise thinkers and good leaders the world so desperately needs.

For more information go to http://oxfordcharacter.org.

St. Ebbes Thesis

Thesis is the postgrad community for St. Ebbes church, located in the center of Oxford. We are a diverse group of people from over 20 nationalities, DPhil and Masters students, single and married (including spouses of postgrads). Whether you are a committed Christian seeking to grow as a follower of Christ during your time in Oxford, or someone looking into the Christian faith from the outside, you are very welcome.

During term, we meet at St Ebbe’s each Tuesday evening from 7:30pm to share a meal, get to know each other and to discuss a passage or topic from the Bible and pray. On Friday mornings, we host Going Deeper Breakfasts at the University Club at 8.15am so we can explore certain issues in greater depth.

Glenn Nesbitt is the postgraduate student minister at St Ebbe’s. Email him to find out more: glenn.nesbitt@stebbes.org.

St. Aldates Postgrads

Find community at the heart of Oxford – we’re a group of postgrad students seeking God together. Some of us are exploring faith, some are committed Christians, some are somewhere in between! We eat, pray, worship and discuss together, including in small groups for deepening friendships.

Postgrads meet on WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, 7PM in the Christopher Room in the Parish Centre (40 Pembroke Street).
For more info see our website or email postgrads@staldates.org.uk. Or find us on facebook.

Orthodox Christian Student Society

The Orthodox Christian Student Society is a dynamic and open community of Oxford students of different nationalities united by Orthodox faith. Its aim is to promote Orthodox Christianity within the university, educate about the history, spirituality and current problems of Orthodoxy in the world, support the dialogue with other Christian denominations and share a Christian message across the university. Our members include final year undergraduate, graduate students and research fellows with a broad spectrum of interests in the early Church, modern theology, spirituality, history, politics, and international relations.

E-mail: ouorthsoc@gmail.com or visit our webpage .

St. Stephen's House

St Stephen’s House is an Anglican theological foundation and Permanent Private Hall in the University of Oxford, offering formation, education and training for a variety of qualifications and ministries. But, we also take non-ordinand postgraduates of all faiths.

Visit our webpage  for more information.

Emmanuel Church

Emmanuel Church is working for the spiritual, social and cultural renewal of Oxford. We are a warm and friendly church who loves students and wants them to feel part of the church family.

We meet on a Sunday at 10:30 am at Oxford Spires Academy, Glanville Road and at 3 pm at Oxford High School Junior, Bardwell Road. The majority of our postgraduate students attend one of our midweek groups, called Connect Groups, there is also a Student Connect Group which meets on a Thursday at 7:30 pm at The Mitre.

For more information contact students@emmanueloxford.org or visit our website.

Veritas Forum

The Veritas Forum is an annual event, which engages student and faculty in life’s hardest questions and the modern relevance of Jesus Christ. See the website for more details and previous recordings of their lectures and discussions with the pre-eminent experts of a wide range of topical issues.

Interesting Talks Oxford

The place to go for all the latest and best talks, lectures, and events happening in Oxford. A lot are free, others require registration and a few charge for tickets, but if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the best talks in town this is the website you want, they also have an active and useful Facebook page, perhaps you’ll even see a GCF talk advertised there too.

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Our beliefs

This ancient statement of faith called the Nicene Creed has been handed down from generation to generation of Christian believers. We gladly now play our part in affirming it.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.