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”

True Grit

It was not the film with John Wayne or even the re-make starring Jeff Bridges which inspired the title and theme of this blog post, it was my wife’s insistence that I write about grit! Using a great deal of perseverance herself, she brought to my attention this small scale, gritty phenomena. Grit is the title of a book by Angela Duckworth, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. Continue reading “True Grit”