Chaplain's Colloquia

The Chaplain’s Colloquia series runs throughout the year. It is an opportunity to discuss broad and interesting subjects and how they intersect matters of faith and spirituality. Anyone interested in the theme or any of the speakers is warmly invited. Faith of any kind is definitely not a pre-requisite. On each occasion, the speakers lead discussion from their varied viewpoints for 30-40 minutes in the Lecture Theatre, then there is further informal conversation in the Bastion over cheese and wine. Non-alcoholic drinks are also served. Beginning at about 8.30pm, the evenings finish at about 10pm.

Thursday 9 February Intelligence 8.30pm, Ship Street Centre

Our Colloquium series this term starts with our own Principal, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, two of our Fellows, Professor Roi Cohen Kadosh and Professor Fred Taylor, and Professor Mark Edwards from Christ Church. Nigel will be speaking on Artificial Intelligence, Roi on Human Intelligence, Fred on Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, and Mark on Divine Intelligence.

Monday 13 February Religions and the Arts 8.30pm, Ship Street Centre

Fitting in to the Turl Street Arts Festival, we explore the spiritual and traditional nuances of the Arts, with Visiting Professor Ilia Gálan Díez from Madrid, specialist in Aesthetics and the Theory of the Arts, and Dr Alasdair Watson from the Bodleian Library, Bahari Curator of Persian Collections: Middle Eastern and Islamic Manuscripts.

Scriptural Reasoning

Scriptural Reasoning is a practice of inter-faith reading where people of all faiths gather and reflect on short passages from their scriptures together. It is a worldwide recently started in Oxford. There is sometimes overlap between texts where different faiths share their Scriptures. We meet in the Harold Wilson Room on Wednesdays 1.00-2.00pm. The texts given here are listed as Jewish; Christian; Muslim but they may be read in any order. Additional texts may be provided on the day.

Kosher food and vessels will be available for all to share.

18 January Clothing and Modesty Genesis 24:64-67; 1 Timothy 2:8-10; Light 24:30-31

25 January Dreams Genesis 28:10-17; Matthew 1:18-21; Joseph 12:4-6

1 February Joseph Genesis 41:38-44; Acts 7:9-15; Joseph 12:19-22

8 February Cain and Abel Genesis 4:1-16; Matthew 23:29-39; The Table Spread/ The Feast 5:27-32

15 February Education Deuteronomy 11:16-21; Matthew 7:24-27; The Clinging Form 96:1-19

22 February Delegating Responsibility Genesis 41:38-45; Acts 6:1-7; Surah Taha 20:25-36

1 March Food Leviticus 11:41-47; 1 Corinthians 8:8-13; The Bee 16:65-69

8 March Fasting Isaiah 58:4-7; Matthew 4:1-4; The Cow 2:183-185

Foods and Festivals for Faiths and Cultures

Wednesday 25 January Burns Night National in Scotland

Saturday 28 January Chinese New Year Chinese Populations everywhere

Tuesday 28 February Shrove Tuesday Christian Festival

Wednesday 8 March Purim Jewish Festival (celebrated early)

Each term, to complement our International Dinners in Hall, we take account of a few religious or cultural festivals in our dining. Some of the food offered will be associated with these festivals or holy days. It’s a chance to learn about a range of religious and cultural festivals and celebrate our diversity. Sign-up and cost are as usual.

Interfaith Resources

Small items and books for a range of religious rites are available in the cupboard in the Nurse’s waiting room. Do borrow them for your own personal prayer and meditation whether in the Chapel or elsewhere, but please return them after use. If you have suggestions for inclusion in the collection please ask the Chaplain. The Chaplain will also be very pleased to help any student of any faith find a place to worship or connect with a faith community in Oxford.