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Each term, the College is honoured to host distinguished and thought-provoking guest preachers, from Oxford and across the country. Recent preachers have included two Archbishops of York; the Revd Rose Hudson Wilkin, then Chaplain to the House of Commons and now the first black woman to be a Bishop in the Church of England; and poet and feminist theologian the Revd Dr Rachel Mann. Beyond the Church of England, we've also welcomed Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, former leader of the Dominican order, and Quaker peace worker Simon Fisher. Once a year, the College hosts the University Sermon on the Trinity.

Trinity Term 2021

Hilary Term 2021: Creation Justice

Michaelmas Term 2020

Trinity Term 2020

Select sermons from previous terms (audio and text only)

Transcripts are not yet available for all sermons. Please bear with us as we work to make this section fully accessible.

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Trinity Term 2021

  • Florence Gildea: Mental Health Awareness Week, 9 May

    A video sermon from Florence Gildea, for the service on 9 May 2021. Florence is author of Lessons I have unlearned (Circle Books, 2021) drawing on her experience with an eating disorder whilst a student at Cambridge. Lessons: Acts 10.44-end; John 15.9-17

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  • Jarel Robinson-Brown, 16 May

    Sermon preached by the Revd Jarel Robinson-Brown, at the time a chaplain at King's College London and now based at St Botolph without Aldgate in the city of London. He is vice-chair of the Christian LGBT+ organisation One Body One Faith, and author of Black, Gay, British, Christian, Queer (SCM 2021) Lessons: Isaiah 61; Luke 4.14-21

     

  • The Chaplain: Pentecost, 23 May

    Sermon preached by the Chaplain, the Revd Katherine Price, at a eucharist for Pentecost 2021. The readings were from Acts 2.1-21 and the Gospel of John 15.26-27&16.4b-15.

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Hilary Term 2021: Creation Justice

No in-person services took place during Hilary Term 2021 due to national lockdown. Video services can be viewed on the Virtual Chapel page. In Hilary Term, the Chapel hosted a programme entitled Creation Justice 2021, bringing together preachers and speakers from different faiths and academic backgrounds to reflect on the ethical and spiritual aspects of our response to ecological crisis. Sermons are on the Virtual Chapel page, and contributions from Muslim, Jewish and secular perspectives can be found on the Creation Justice 2021 page.

Michaelmas Term 2020

  • Prof Anthony Reddie: Remembrance, 8 November

    Prof Anthony Reddie is Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and editor of the journal Black Theology. In this video sermon (which could not be preached live because of Covid-19) he reflects on his ambivalent feelings about Remembrance Sunday in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement and black liberation theology. Readings Amos 5.18-24; John 15.9-17

     

     

  • Tom McLeish: Science and Faith, 15 November 2020

    Prof Tom McLeish is Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York. A theoretical physicist, he is also affiliated to the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Medieval Studies, and has written on the relationship of science, the arts, and religion. He is the author of "Faith & Wisdom in Science" (OUP 2014) This sermon was pre-recorded due to lockdown. Readings: Job 28; Romans 8.18-27

     

     

     

  • The Chaplain: Advent Sunday, 29 November

    The Revd Katherine Price reflects on Advent hope in the time of pandemic. Preached in the Chapel as part of a livestreamed lockdown service. Readings: Isaiah 64.1-9; Mark 13.24-end

     

     

     

Trinity Term 2020

No in-person services took place during Trinity Term 2020 due to the national lockdown. Video services for this term can be found on the Virtual Chapel page.

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