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img_9105_srgbSlightly outdated now, but such an honour to have my refugee crisis relief work at Calais featured in this year’s St Stephen’s House News magazine.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

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/squire-and-marriott-bursaries

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, join our Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/groups/1811040505843200

Or go to the Parish website at:

www.cowleystjohn.co.uk/second-sunday-young-adults-friends-group

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!