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Sub Dean Retires

Members of the Cathedral congregation gathered after Evensong on Sunday the 28th of September to say goodbye to Nicholas and Edith Coulton, on Nicholas' retirement from the position of Sub-Dean. The Dean, the Very Revd Christopher Lewis, thanked Canon Coulton for his contributions to the life and ministry of the Cathedral and presented gifts on behalf of the congregation and Cathedral Friends. We wish them well in the next period of their lives.

 

 

 

 

Georgian Archibishop Speaks

On September the 23rd, Christ Church hosted an informal talk by Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili from the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia. The Archbishop spoke about the history of Georgia, the present situation and also about the growth of its Evangelical Baptist church. Archbishop Malkhaz was on research leave when the recent conflict with Russia escalated. He recently returned to Georgia and the day after his talk at Christ Church he left for further meetings with church leaders. In Oxford, Humanitarian aid for Georgia has been coordinated by the church of St Michael’s at the North Gate.

 

 

 

Welcome to Choristers

During Choral Evensong at Christ Church on Sunday the 14th of September, the the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Christopher Lewis, admitted five boys as choristers to the world famous Cathedral Choir. They were presented by Dr Stephen Darlington, the Cathedral Organist and Director of Music. They will also be joined in a few weeks by new 'Academical Clerks,' who are undergraduates who sing alongside the Lay Clerks of the Choir.

Eternal Light: A Requiem

A new Requiem by Howard Goodall, commissioned by London Musici (orchestra) for performance with the Rambert Dance Company, has its première at Sadler's Wells Theatre in November, as part of a 6 month UK tour with Rambert.  Howard Goodall read Music at Christ Church in the 1970s and is well known as a composer, TV and radio broadcaster and the newly-appointed Government Ambassador for Singing. He has worked closely with the Cathedral Choir at Christ Church and in particular with Christ Church's Organist and Musical Director Stephen Darlington, for whom he has written a number of works.

Tower Poetry Summer School

Twelve young poets were given the opportunity to develop their  writing and critical skills through the annual Tower Poetry Summer School at Christ Church between the 26th and 29th of August.  The residential course included exciting and challenging workshops run by experienced tutors and readings by guest poets as well as visits to places of literary interest in Oxford.

 

 

 

 

Herodotus Research Award

Classics tutor Elton Barker has been awarded £66,724 from the Arts & Humanities Research Council as Principal Investigator on a two-year project entitled ‘Network, relation, flow: imaginations of space in Herodotus’ History’.

Christ Church student in Olympic Final

Jamie Schroeder, a current DPhil student at Christ Church, took part in the Beijing Olympic Men's Quadruple Sculls Final race on Sunday, representing the USA. The team finished in 5th place. A graduate of Stanford, John Hopkins and Oxford Universities, Jamie helped row Oxford to victory in the 2006 Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race, and recently won gold in the quadruple sculls at the 2008 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne.

Christ Church welcomes Lambeth Bishops

Twenty bishops came to Christ Church from all over the world this month, on their way to the Lambeth Conference.  In a special service in the Cathedral they heard the Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman call them to face the future without fear: confidence in God's plans for the future was the surest foundation for the Anglican Communion.  To read more and to see pictures of the celebration.

 

 

 

 

Cloister Fountain

On 19th June the Dean dedicated a new work of art in the medieval cloister. It comprises a fountain together with an olive tree, a traditional symbol of peace. The work is by sculptor Gary Breeze from Diss, Norfolk who has been described as one of the most inventive letterers working today. The fountain and the tree together, with their inscriptions, mark the threshold of the cathedral’s sacred space. They stand on cross-of-Lorraine shaped paving which marks the foundation stones of what may have been a 16th century belfry erected after Cardinal Wolsey had demolished some of the Priory buildings to make room for his College.

 

 

 

Petertide Ordination

On Sunday the 29th of June 2008 fourteen men and women were ordained by the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd John Pritchard as deacons to serve in the Diocese of Oxford. The joyful service at Christ Church Cathedral was attended by their families and friends, clergy and members of their parishes. We wish them fulfilment in the ordained ministry they are now beginning.

 

 

 

 

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