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.
Upstairs at the Mitre, High Street, OX1 4AT
The talk begins at 19:30.
Every Monday of term (see term card)
End by 21:00, with Q & A.
For Week 1 to Week 3 (14th, 21st, and 28th January):
St Aldates Tavern, OX1 1BU
Check out the videos on the website.
Developing a Christian Mind
Check out the Developing a Christian Mind website for information on these conferences and more.
The Oxford Pastorate
For more information: http://oxfordpastorate.org.
The Oxford Character Project
For more information go to http://oxfordcharacter.org.
St. Ebbes Thesis
During term, we meet at St Ebbe’s each Tuesday evening from 7:00pm 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Aldates Postgrads
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.
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.
Postgraduate students are an important part of the Emmanuel family. We aim to help you grow in your relationship with God through practical teaching from the bible and an openness to the Holy Spirit.
We have two Sunday meetings, 10:30AM at Oxford Spires Academy, Glanville Road and 3:00PM at Oxford High School Junior, Bardwell Road. The majority of our postgraduate students join one of our mid-week groups called Connect Groups, but we also have a Thursday evening Student Night, 8:00PM at The Mitre, which they are welcome to come along to.
Trinity is a small evangelical church in the heart of the city, seeking to reach people with the good news of Jesus and welcome them into our church family. As well as events for students, we encourage the church to live and work together as family.
For more information visit our website.
Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy
Meeting on Wednesday evenings from 7:45pm and beginning with pizza, God in the Quad provides a supportive and friendly environment for post-graduate research students wishing to make connections between scholarship and their faith. The group is accompanied by Fr. Mark Aloysius SJ, a DPhil student at Campion Hall.
For more information visit our website.
St Mary Magdalen Oxford
St Mary Magdalen’s is an Anglican church in central Oxford. We are a vibrant all-age and inclusive community, offering worship and witness in the Catholic tradition.
For more information visit our website.
Transforming the Mind Conference
The highly recommended National Christian Postgraduate Conference in June: http://christianpostgrad.org.uk/content/ for more info.
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: 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/
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: http://thewell.intervarsity.org/, an online gathering place to encourage and equip women in the Academy and professions.
Other Christian Professional and Academic Societies
list compiled by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship:
A set of questions for personal bible study and praying from the scriptures.
by Joe Martin
Contact us to include your society, church or event’s information on our website.
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.