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Foundation Footnotes: Oxford Summer Programs

Students enjoy a tea break during the GTF Institute in Oxford

Students enjoy a tea break during the GTF Institute in Oxford

Oxford Summer Programs in 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015:

This year has seen quite a number of GTF students attend programs in Oxford as they earn credits toward a degree at the Graduate Theological Foundation. From August 10-16, GTF students attended the GTF Institute in Oxford which was focused on liturgy, spirituality, and the practice of ministry.  In this Residential Institute held on the campus of Christ Church, University of Oxford, students studied in an intensive but nurturing environment of ministry professionals. Faculty included Dr. John H. Morgan, Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences; Canon Angela Tilby, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; and The Revd Canon Dr. Robin Gibbons, Director of Studies for Theology and Religion, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity at the GTF.

This week, students are attending the annual Oxford Theology Summer School also held on the campus of Christ Church which is one of the 37 colleges that make up the University of Oxford. This year’s theme is Theology and Public Life, and students are currently studying under distinguished scholars from a variety of British institutions of higher education.  Courses include topics of Christian apologetics in a secular society, living the Eucharist, war and peace in the Old Testament, and more.

Oxford 2015 – Plan Ahead!

Students often plan years ahead to be able to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School. Aside from attending courses offered by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education through the summer school, students are often able to take advantage of the many cultural and historical activities on offer during the summer in the city of Oxford! Plan ahead now by perusing the information about the 2015 dates and theme and reading about alumnus Dr. James Keating’s experience studying in Oxford.