Refugee Crisis Support

migrantsIn the wake of the global refugee crisis, I have formed an Oxford-based activist group, in conjunction with Christ Church, on how we can all support it in any way we can.

After an initial meeting, we have decided to begin with a reconnaissance trip to Calais in September.  We plan on teaming up with Calais-based organisations, like Secours Catholique and Catholic Worker.

Some ideas that came up for longer-term projects are: education programmes (build a school?), hospitality (start an intentional community?), shelter building, community building, alongside ongoing work in food/clothing distribution and friendship.  We are very optimistic: we have the interest and funding!

Want to get involved?

Join our Facebook group:

www.facebook.com/groups/1053663381374767

Ongoing donations:

  • Financial contributions
  • Non-perishable foods (particularly staples, like dry grains and tinned vegetables, beans, and meat)
  • Clothing and supplies (especially for the cold and rain)

Please do spread the word!

If you have additional queries, please contact me or Revd Clare Hayns at:

francesca.po@theology.ox.ac.uk
clare.hayns@chch.ox.ac.uk

A Postsecular Age? Conference

postsecular ageI was personally invited to present 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’.  Do join me!

Complete conference details here:

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

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…