CMD events

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Bampton Lectures

30 May 2023 - University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

The Revd Dr Willie James Jennings will give this year’s Bampton lectures titled: ‘Jesus and the Displaced: Christology and the Redemption of Habitation’. Taking the work of the great African American theologian and mystic Howard Thurman in his famed text, Jesus and the Disinherited as inspiration, these lectures focus on the problems of displacement – geographic, racial, social, and environmental – and how a fresh consideration of the landed life of Jesus might speak to these problems.

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Getting in and joining in*: Disability and Church

8 June 2023 10:00am-1pm at Church House, Oxford

*“Getting in and joining in” is a phrase coined by Fiona MacMillan, a trustee of Inclusive Church.

This workshop is a chance to meet together and discuss the challenges faced by disabled people who want to belong to Church but are often met with a variety of obstacles.  The leaders all have lived experience of physical disability, neurodivergence and hearing loss/Deaf BSL community.

You can participate in this workshop on-site at Church House, Oxford or online. 


Revd Katie Tupling
Revd Kt Tupling (she/her)is a Church of England parish priest, currently part time Disability Adviser for Oxford Diocese and part time Chaplain at St Hugh’s College Oxford. She was born with Cerebral Palsy and uses elbow crutches to walk and is the proud owner of a wheelchair and mobility scooter. Publications include: ‘ Worship and Disability, a Kingdom for all’ and ‘Being Disabled Being Human’ (2018 and 2022, both for Grove Books Ltd) and ‘Pilgrims in the Dark’ published by Disability and Jesus (@DisabilityJ on Twitter)
Revd Dr Hannah Lewis
Revd Dr Hannah Lewis (she/her) is Oxford Diocesan Chaplain among the Deaf Community. A Deaf BSL user herself she is also a freelance lecturer and writer and the author of Deaf Liberation Theology published in 2007 by Ashgate and reissued 2016 by Routledge.
Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs
Dr Naomi Lawson Jacobs (they/them) is a neurodivergent and disabled researcher and disability activist. Naomi’s PhD research led to a book, At the Gates: Disability, Justice and the Churches (co-written with Emily Richardson), which shares stories from more than 50 disabled Christians.

Please register here: Getting In and Joining In: Disability and Church Tickets, Thu 8 Jun 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite or here to join in online: Getting in an joining in: online session registration 


Living in Love and Faith: where are we now?

14 & 20 & 21 June

A day designed to help people who might feel they need to catch up with where the LLF process is at and what the materials are. We will cover what it is all about, what has happened, and what may happen in coming years. The day will be facilitated both by people who hold the traditional position and by people who hold the affirming position.

There are events in each Archdeaconry, but please feel free to attend whichever event is the most convenient for you,

14 June (Dorchester and Oxford) book here

20 June (Buckinghamshire) book here

21 June (Berkshire) book here


Living and Loving through LLF

5 July at Church House, Oxford

A chance to explore how we guide our churches through the process, and how we work out what ministering together looks like in the new situations in which we find ourselves. There will be opportunity to feedback to diocesan staff where we are and how we feel about the situation in which we find ourselves. The day will be facilitated both by people who hold the traditional position and by people who hold the affirming position.

Book here.


Speaking Freely: Preaching Without Notes

15 July, 10.30am (on-line)

Workshop leader: Matt Allen 

A College of Preachers workshop. Many preachers aspire to preach without notes yet feel unsure about how to preach confidently without a written script in front of them. Preaching without notes is not extempore preaching. It requires planning and practice which can be joyful and fun for the preacher. This workshop will offer insights and advice on preaching confidently without notes. 

Ticket prices: general, £10; ministry student, £7 

More information. Book here, using the password Preach157.


Faith in Learning: postgraduate study taster session

18 July (online)

Books and pen on a tableOnline taster session for those interested in postgraduate study at Sarum College.

An opportunity to meet programme leaders and learn more about postgraduate studies courses in Christian Spirituality or in Theology, Imagination and Culture, validated by the University of Winchester.

For more information and to book, click here.


Mysticism and Mysteries: Preaching the Dreams and Visions in the Bible.

19 July, 14.00 (on-line)

Workshop leader: Rebecca Dean

A College of Preachers workshop. The Bible contains many accounts of dreams and visions, from Jacob's Ladder to the prophet Isaiah seeing the heavenly Temple, to Joseph being told in a vision to take the infant Jesus to Egypt, to nearly all of the book of Revelation (and there are more!). This workshop will consider how we can make sense of these dreams and visions, understand their symbolism, and connect with them in our preaching. 

Ticket prices: general, £10; ministry student, £7 

More information. Book here, using the password Preach197.


Festival of Prayer

22 July Ripon College, Cuddesdon

Festival of Prayer 2023 logoThe festival of prayer, now in its eleventh year, aims to enhance your spiritual life by offering different approaches to Christian spirituality in a day-long conference. The festival is an opportunity to invest in your relationship with God, in the company of deeply thoughtful and experienced speakers.The theme running through the conference this year is Prayer as a Way of Life

For more information and to book a place


Theology Summer School 2023

30 July - 12 August

An exciting opportunity for students, faculty, or ministers to attend the Oxford University Theology Summer  School. This summer school has been running for over 20 years and draws participants from all over the world, and from a wide variety of Christian denominations.


  • Choose from 11 stimulating seminar topics, exploring the theme Christian Theology in a Time of Global Crises.
  • Be taught by members of Oxford University's Theology Faculty, distinguished theologians, and prominent church leaders.
  • Live and study at Christ Church, one of Oxford University’s largest and most beautiful colleges.
  • Learn and socialise with clergy and theologians from around the world.
  • Attend for one or two weeks, Sunday 30 July – Saturday 12 August.

Applications from across the world and across faiths are welcome to this summer school in Oxford, UK. Details of the application process can be found on the website. If you require any further information, please contact


Spiritual Direction Training

September 2023 - May 2024

An Ecumenical Spiritual Direction Training course run by the SpiDir Network. This is an evening course primarily online, but with three in-person days. 

Information about the course and details of all other aspects of the SpiDir Network can be found on the website:

Book on the SpiDir training web page.


2024 Study Tour to the Holy Land for Clergy and Spouses/Partners

29 January - 6 February 2024, based in Jerusalem and Galilee
With McCabe Pilgrimages.

A study tour to help you bring the Bible alive. Fr Chris Ferris, Tour Leader, can be contacted if you have any questions. Bishop Gavin will be the speaker.



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