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Starting in October? Look out for us at the Fresher’s Fair, we’ll have a stall in the room with the other religious societies.

Save the date: 09/10/2017  Blue Boar Room in Christchurch College at 19:30 for our opening lecture!

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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 and 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 go to 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 7:30 to eat together, get to know others and encourage each other to know Christ and live for him as we open and discuss the Bible. During the summer, we meet at St Ebbe’s at 5:15pm each Tuesday evening for a short talk and discussion time (and often go for a meal afterwards).

Richard Brash is the postgraduate student minister at St Ebbe’s. Email him to find out more: rbrash@stebbes.org.uk

St. Aldates Postgrads

St Aldates Postgrads is a community of postgraduate students and their partners, who want to be true to Christ, kind to people and those who take the gospel to the nations. We welcome anyone who wants to find out more about Christianity. We meet on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Christopher Room in the Parish Centre. We share a meal together, followed by worship, prayer and teaching. After this we break up into small groups of about 6–12 people for discussion. The small groups are an opportunity for friendship, support and discipleship throughout our time at Oxford.

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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.