‘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:

http://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.

Squire Bursary Recipient

IMG_8276It is with utmost gratitude that I announce that I am this semester’s recipient of the James William Squire Bursary.

Special thanks to Revd Prof Mark Chapman and the rest of the Squire and Marriott Bursary Committee for believing in my research and vocation.  Additional thanks to my supervisor, Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, my college, St Stephen’s House, family, and friends, for your relentless support.

For more information about the Squire and Marriott Bursaries, please go to the following link:

www.theology.ox.ac.uk/student-funding/graduate2/squire-and-marriott-bursaries.html

Second Sunday

ss1Second Sunday is a social group that I co-founded, in conjunction with the Parish of Cowley Saint John, for young adults and friends with a shared interest in social justice and philosophy/spirituality.

We usually meet once a month, on the ‘second Sunday’ of each month, from 6pm onwards.  Some activities include: gigs, films, meals, volunteering, pilgrimages, thoughtful conversation, and general merriment!

For more information, contact me, or go to the Parish website at:

www.stmaryandstjohn.org/?page_id=689

A Postsecular Age? Conference

postsecular ageI was personally invited to present and assist at this year’s Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion Conference, A Postsecular Age?  New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society, and awarded a full grant by my college, St Stephen’s House.

I will be presenting an area of my research in a paper titled, ‘Rethinking Self-authority’ on Friday, 29th July, at 12pm, in Seminar Room 8 of St Anne’s College:

The concept of self-authority and its definitive nature in studying the diffuse landscape of the intersections between religion and nonreligion is a nearly uncontested thesis. In this paper, I narrate the current thesis of self-authority – that the individual is the ultimate authority in social life – and pose two critical positions against it: (1) that self-authority can be conceived as a doctrine, and (2) that self-authority is one of multiple nonformative authorities. With these two reconceptualisations, I suggest that self-authority is a strategy for individuals to negotiate increasing diversity in pluralised societies.

Complete conference details here:

www.ianramseycentre.info/conferences/2016-postsecular-age-irc-conference.html

Hope to see you there!

Book Review: ‘Paganistan’

paganistanMy book review of ‘Paganistan: Contemporary Pagan Community in Minnesota’s Twin Cities’ is now available to read in issue 127 of the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Bulletin.

Full article (pp 34-35):

http://basr.religiousstudiesproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/BULLETIN-127.pdf

Murphy Pizza’s Paganistan is a well-written, insider-but-objective, introductory volume to the Pagan community of Minnesota’s Twin Cities (ie, Minneapolis and St Paul) in the United States. Paganistan is the informal emic term that members use to describe this larger community, despite countless smaller groups and sub-groups within the geographical area. The style of the book is appropriately and predictably narrative and descriptive, but its implications are highly relevant and vast for the study of contemporary religion…