CTEA Scholar

It is an honour to announce that I have been selected to be a Scholar in the John Templeton Foundation-funded Centre for Theologically Engaged Anthropology (CTEA).  Please see the details of this work here:

This title includes: a paper presentation in one of two international conferences, a publication in a special issue journal, and a cash honorarium.  Do keep an eye out for further announcements.

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Kazem Hakimi Photography

I’m now officially a member of the Cowley community: my portrait has been taken by our very own chip shop owner and now renowned photographer, Kazem Hakimi.

His current show, Kazem Hakimi: Portraits from a Chip Shop, is on until 2nd July at the Modern Art and the Old Fire Station (make sure you catch both as each have a different set of photos):

My photograph will be featured in a slideshow in another exhibition opening this week until 25th June at the Modern Art, Future Knowledge:

www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/future-knowledge

Though Kazem’s photography has been recognised for a while, he was first acclaimed for this particular project in the Guardian last year in this article (with a former Spiritual Director of mine as the first in the set):

www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/jul/16/hello-mr-chips-the-fish-shop-photographer-in-pictures

Last, and definitely not least, meet him yourself whilst tasting the best fish and chips in Oxford at the Oxford Fish ShopFish and Chips, 287A Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 4AQ

SCM Inspirational Woman

po-francescaAn honour and privilege to be featured as an Inspirational Woman for this year’s International Women’s Day by Student Christian Movement (SCM).

Read out about my eclectic spirituality (with a nod to Mme Blavatsky for my esoteric colleagues), peace and nonviolence work (particularly with the Metta Centre), and life in general here:

www.movement.org.uk/blog/inspirational-women-interview-francesca-po

The interview is also (a front page feature!) on New Roots:

www.newroots.online/2017/03/06/inspirational-women-interview-with-francesca-po

Special thanks to my mother, Ma Sandra Lucero Po, and the rest of the Lucero Matriarchy, for making me the woman that I am today.

Brave the Shave

Throughout Lent until we reach £1000, I will be raising money to shave off my hair for Macmillan Cancer Support!

As I mention in my Brave the Shave page:

I have had some family and friends battle cancer through the years, not to mention a good friend from high school currently going through chemotherapy as I write.

I have also been donating my hair to Locks of Love (USA) and Little Princess Trust (UK) continuously for 15 years, and thought it was about time to go all the way!

Please consider donating any amount to this important cause.

Here is the direct link to my Brave the Shave page:

www.bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/francesca-po

For more information on this initiative, or perhaps even how to join yourself, visit:

www.bravetheshave.org.uk

Special thanks to my fabulous hairdresser, Rosie Saunders at Versus Beauty Salon, who will be doing the shave!  Find them here:

Rosie: www.facebook.com/opiateluxwww.instagram.com/ro.noir

Versus: www.facebook.com/Versus-hair-team-221962254539232

UASC Volunteering

calais-youth-centreMany of you have heard by now that the demolitions of the Calais ‘Jungle’ have proceeded, which means that an influx of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) will be coming into the UK.

If you would like to work with UASC directly, Oxfordshire County needs volunteers to work as mentors and supportive ‘appropriate adults’ during this trying immigration process.  Please contact me for more information.

If you are not based in Oxfordshire, do contact your County Council directly to see what kind of help is needed locally.

St Stephen’s House Feature

img_9105_srgbSlightly outdated now, but such an honour to have my refugee crisis relief work at Calais featured in this year’s St Stephen’s House News magazine.

See the entire issue here:

Calais Refugee Crisis Relief Work

As the global refugee crisis continues, St Stephen’s House DPhil student Francesca Po shares her experience of a recent trip to undertake relief work at the Calais refugee camp.  She undertook the trip independently and joined international social justice organisation, Catholic Worker, in their community based in Calais, Maria Skobtsova House…  (p 16)

‘Post-Brexit Shifts Deprive Refugees in Calais of Needed Support’

migrantsMany of you know about the relief work that I did in March.  My (front page!) article in TruthOut highlights the conditions in the Calais Refugee Camp (‘Jungle’) since then, and how the Brexit result has worsened the conditions there:

www.truth-out.org/news/item/37361-post-brexit-shifts-deprive-refugees-in-calais-of-needed-support

As we all continue to suffer in this global refugee crisis, may we be relentless in the support we give to the less fortunate.  Contact me if you’d like to get involved in even the smallest way.