Our prayer is our gift

This Christmas the church is raising money for Save the Children. Each year we commit to support three charities – one local, one national and one international. Considering the catastrophic events in the Middle East, namely Syria and Yemen, it seems pertinent that we support the most vulnerable victims of military power games. Continue reading “Our prayer is our gift”

A pedagogy for Advent

St John’s College Oxford is the patron of St Michael & All Angel’s Church in Summertown, the two institutions are separated by less than a mile of the Banbury Road. St John’s, in fact, is patron to a good many parishes in the Church of England. It is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, college in Oxford – and alongside it’s namesake in Cambridge – represents a significant landowning body. According to popular legend one can walk from St John’s College in Oxford, to St John’s College in Cambridge, without ever stepping off St John’s soil! Continue reading “A pedagogy for Advent”

Sorry, I’m a Christian!

During this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May spoke about the fear that some Christians may have articulating their faith in the workplace or, come to that, any public space. Indeed, the Daily Telegraph reported this week that, “Mrs May’s intervention came after David Isaac, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, warned that over-anxious employers are failing to celebrate Christmas for fear of offending other staff.” This is not the first time in history that the Christian faith has been considered offensive. Continue reading “Sorry, I’m a Christian!”