Sunday Forum

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
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12:30pm Eucharist
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5:00pm Choral Evensong

Sunday Forum

A Sunday lunchtime series where some of the liveliest contemporary theologians and spiritual teachers speak about the challenges, contradictions and joys of being a Christian in the world today.

First Sunday in every month (not January or April) 1 - 2pm
Wren Suite, Cathedral crypt Free and unticketed
Seating is on a first come first served basis so please arrive early. Latecomers may not be able to be seated.
Disabled access is via the North Transept Ramp.

See films of past Sunday Forums

The Grace of Waiting  |  Margaret Whipp Sunday 3 December 2017

Advent is the season of waiting and contemplation, when we prepare for the joyful coming of Christ at Christmas. But waiting is not always chosen or joyful, and can bring times of great spiritual testing – through illness, old age, or the struggles and frustrations of everyday life. Margaret Whipp will explore the challenges of life’s waiting times and the skills they demand, drawing on vivid metaphors of wine-making, wilderness, winter and the womb, and how the paradoxical grace of patience can point to the kindness of the God who waits for us.

The Revd Canon Dr Margaret Whipp practiced as a consultant oncologist for many years. Since ordination she has taught Pastoral Theology at the Anglican clergy training colleges Cranmer Hall and Ripon College Cuddeson and is now Lead Chaplain at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. Her new book is The Grace of Waiting: Learning Patience and Embracing its Gifts (Canterbury Press 2017).

Pilgrimage  |  Sally Welch Sunday 4 February 2018

Why do pilgrims walk so much? What do they learn? And does it do them any lasting good?

Sally Welch has been going on pilgrimage for over 20 years and her new book is a guide to the art and practice of pilgrimage through some of the most beautiful and ancient pilgrim routes in the UK and abroad. She will share her experiences, offer advice about how to go on pilgrimage well and reflect on what it has taught her about, for instance, trust, travelling lightly and the joys of companionship. She will also reflect on how insights gained on the journey can be incorporated into the spirituality of everyday life.

The Revd Dr Sally Welch is the Vicar of Charlbury in the Diocese of Oxford. Her books include Walking the Labyrinth (Canterbury Press 2013), How to be a Mindful Christian(Canterbury Press 2016), and Pilgrim Journeys: Pilgrimage for walkers and armchair travellers (BRF 2017).

Songs of the Spirit  |  Megan Daffern Sunday 4 March 2018

The Psalms are a unique treasury of spiritual insights, central to both Jewish and Christian devotional life. They were Jesus’ own prayer book, and are full of themes and experiences which fitted and illuminate his life and story, and our own lives and faith too. But they move from exquisite beauty and praise to despair and even vitriolic anger, and need wise interpretation.

Megan Daffern describes them as Songs of the Spirit; timeless, making connections between past and present, and allowing us to come closer to God in prayer. She will explore some of what she has learnt from studying, translating and praying with these extraordinary songs of hope, challenge and wisdom.

The Revd Dr Megan Daffern is Chaplain at Jesus College Oxford and lectures in Old Testament at the University of Oxford. Her latest book is Songs of the Spirit: A Psalm a Day for Lent and Easter (SPCK 2017) which includes her own fresh translations of the Psalms.