Hilary 2018 Term Card

Week 1 / 15-Jan / Opening Speaker / Sabina Alkire

Week 2 / 22-Jan / Research Topic: Does freedom matter? / Tom Simpson

Week 3 / 29-Jan / Research Topic: Beyond the EU Comenius project: The spiritual background to the educational philosophy of Jan Amos Komensky / Kate Seagrave

Week 4 / 05-Feb / Social / Cinema Outing

Week 5 / 12-Feb / Life Lessons of a Christian Scholar:  Things I have learned from working 40 years in Cancer and Palliative Care / Ginny Dunn

Week 6 / 19-Feb / A Scholarly View: How Ancient Christian Practices Can Help Us Live Better in Technological Culture / Michael Burdett

Week 7 / 26-Feb / Orthodox Soc Joint Event: Orthodoxy, Ecology and the Eucharist /Dimitri Conomos

The growing ecological crisis on this planet is a cause of concern for many today. In his talk on “Orthodoxy, Ecology, and the Eucharist”, Dimitri Conomos develops an Orthodox Christian perspective on how we can cope with and overcome contemporary problems of ecology. How ought we as Christians to relate to nature and the material reality around us? In what sense is the world we inhabit sacred? How did the Church Fathers view the created world and our position in it? And how can we define a Eucharistic model of living, in which our relationship to Creation extends beyond mere consumption and self-satisfaction, and through which we remain in communion with our Creator as “priests of Creation”? Dimitri will be exploring these and other topics in the hope of finding answers that may help us as Christians to find healthy ways to rethink and renew our relationship to the natural environment.

Week 8 / 05-Mar / Forum Night: 7 minute Thesis in Faith

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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.

Our weekly room hire, speaker expenses and other running costs are paid for wholly from donations, usually alumni and interested academics. All donations, small or large will mean that the GCF can continue to host events for postgraduate students.

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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.

Transforming the Mind Conference

The highly recommended National Christian Postgraduate Conference in June: http://christianpostgrad.org.uk/content/ for more info.

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.

Faith in Scholarship blog

Faith in Scholarship blog: http://faithinscholarship.org.uk/

Christian Scholar blog

The Christian Scholar blog: https://thechristianscholar.wordpress.com/

Scholar's Compass

Scholar’s Compass: online blog for Christian Graduate Students


Christians in Science

Christians in Science:  http://www.cis.org.uk/


Biologos: http://biologos.org/, a place to explore the harmony between science and biblical faith.

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: http://www.faraday.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/

Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics

Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics: http://www.klice.co.uk/

Christian Heritage

Supports postgrads through a Christian public lecture series, mentoring and apprenticeship programs, summer schools, Scriptorium, etc http://www.christianheritageuk.org.uk/

The International Fellowship of Evangelical Students

IFES: The International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (of which UCCF and InterVarsity USA are members):


IFES Word and World

IFES Word and World: promotes theological reflection and conversation around IFES and beyond: https://en.ifesjournal.org/

InterVarsity USA's Emerging Scholars Network

InterVarsity USA’s Emerging Scholars Network: http://blog.emergingscholars.org/, seeks to encourage, and equip the next generation of Christian scholars to be a redeeming influence in the academy, church, and the world.

The Well

The Well: http://thewell.intervarsity.org/, an online gathering place to encourage and equip women in the Academy and professions.

Other Christian Professional and Academic Societies


Contact us to include your society, church or event’s information on our website.
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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.