God in the life of...

Shiela FurlongIn this section you can read inspiring stories from people across the diocese about how their Christian faith influences their everyday lives. Changing our conversations can change our culture.

So how can we be more curious and interested in each other’s lives away from church gatherings? Once you've scrolled through some of the stories below, take a look at the seven small shifts your church community could take


A Carmelite monk working in AI

Prof Nigel Crook discusses how his life evolved from exploring a vocation as a Carmelite monk to working in artificial intelligence.

Director of the Oxford Centre for Spirituality & Wellbeing

The Revd Dr Guy Harrison shares his journey to becoming director of the Oxford Centre for Spirituality & Wellbeing.

A parish priest and environmental expert

The Revd Margot Hodson shares how a diary entry turned out to be unpredictably prophetic.

A Jewish man

The Revd Joseph Steinberg talks about how recognising Jesus as the Messiah influenced his life and career.

BeSpace founder Catherine Clayton

Catherine Clayton discusses swapping a teaching career to found a charity.

A Broadmoor chaplain

The Revd Jonathan Bush discusses work behind the secure gates at Broadmoor High Security Hospital.

Author Ben Jeapes

Ben Jeapes tells Jo Duckles about his faith, science fiction, and his route to becoming a full-time writer.

An entrepreneur and athlete

Joy Foster talks about sport, business, her family and how she regained her Christian faith out of tragedy.

Sports chaplain Angy King

Angy King talks about how she moved from teaching PE to being a sports chaplain.

A bank manager in crisis

Dave Saunders, from All Saints, Binfield, on how he came to know God after the credit crunch left his career in tatters.

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