Michaelmas 2021 Term Card

Join us every Monday during term at 19:15 for drinks/nibbles, 19:30 – 21:00 UK time for programming in the Hood Room of Pusey House, Oxford. Zoom option also available.

Week 1 / 11 October / Dominic Burbidge
Law, Politics, & Faith

Week 2 / 18 October / Lorna Smith
Tension Resolved: Bridging the Faith & Academia Gap

Week 3 / 25 October / Donald Hay
God & the Social Sciences

Week 4 / 1 November / Kezia Gaitskell
Redemptive Research in Public Health

Week 5 / 8 November
Socratic Happy Hour

Week 6 / 15 November / Francis Su
Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Week 7 / 22 November / Fr. John Gribben
Monk on the Run

Week 8 / 29 November
Christmas Celebration

To obtain the Zoom link, please email graduatechristianforum@gmail.com or sign up to our mailing list here.

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Panel 1

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.

We hold a Monday night speaker series during term, interviewing Christian scholars and professionals upstairs in The Hood Room of Pusey House (unless otherwise noted). The meetings begin at 7.30 PM and typically ends around 9.00 PM. Please join us at 7.15 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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Panel 2

Where We Meet

We meet every Monday of term upstairs in the Hood Room of Pusey House (attached to Saint Cross College) on Saint Giles Street. (Asterisked meetings are held in alternate locations. See term card for details)

The meeting begins at 19:30. Light refreshments provided.

End by 21:00, with Q & A.

Panel 3

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 7:00pm 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: 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

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.

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

Trinity Church

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.

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


A set of questions for personal bible study and praying from the scriptures.

by Joe Martin

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Contact us to include your society, church or event’s information on our website.
Panel 4

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.