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Summer School - Theology, 4-17 August 2019, Oxford University, UK

Publish Date: Jan 15, 2019

Deadline: May 01, 2019

Event Dates: from Aug 04, 2019 12:00 to Aug 17, 2019 12:00

Theology Summer School 2019


  • A residential summer school for members of the clergy, theologians and teachers of religious education.
  • Exploring the theme "The Meaning of Sacrifice".
  • Offering one-week seminars taught by members of Oxford's Theology Faculty, distinguished theologians and prominent church leaders.
  • Providing the opportunity to study and live in Christ Church, one of Oxford University's largest and most beautiful colleges.

The academic programme consists of

  • study in small interactive seminar groups with specialist tutors; and
  • an evening lecture each week given by a leading scholar in the field.


Applicants choose one-morning seminar and one-afternoon seminar per week from:

Week 1: 4-10 August - Morning Seminars

John's Gospel: Going Deeper into the Mystery

Mary Magdalen: Penitent or Preacher?

Sacrifice and the Death of Christ

Week 1: 4-10 August - Afternoon Seminars

Compassion in Care

Martyrdom, Praise and Other Sacrifices

Trauma, Resilience and the Bible

Week 2: 11-17 August - Morning Seminars

Discipleship and Sacrifice in C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Charles Williams

Sacrifice in Liturgy and Life

Sacrificial Love: Searching for Unselfish Holiness

Week 2: 11-17 August - Afternoon Seminars

How Should We Think of God's Work in Christ?

Science and the Sacraments

The Suffering Self

Each seminar has five two-and-a-half hour meetings, and classes will usually contain no more than 18 participants.

Please note that most applicants choose to attend both weeks of the summer school; however, it is possible to attend one week only.


In addition to the daily seminar programme, there will be an evening lecture each week:

  • Week 1 - Professor Paul Fiddes on "Sacrifice, Atonement and the Overcoming of Violence"
  • Paul Fiddes is Professor of Systematic Theology at Oxford University and Professorial Research Fellow at Regent's Park College, Oxford.
  • Week 2 - Professor Jane Shaw on "Sacrifice and the Spiritual Life".Jane Shaw is a well-known writer, teacher and historian of religion. She has recently been appointed Principal of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Contact hours

The programme provides a minimum of 26.5 contact hours per week, comprising

  • 25 hours of seminar meetings (12.5 hours per seminar); and
  • a lecture lasting 1.5 hours.


Participants are welcome to attend services at Christ Church Cathedral.

Oxford is a diverse city, rich in places of worship for people of many faiths and denominations.

Social programme

A number of social activities will be arranged during the summer school. These may include informal tours of the college and the city of Oxford.


Residential - £1,310 per week; Non-residential - £970 per week


Programme fees

Residential - £1,310 per week

Fees include tuition (2 seminars and the weekly lecture); accommodation in a single room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 4 August to Friday 9 August 2019 inclusive (Week 1) or Sunday 11 August to Friday 16 August 2019 inclusive (Week 2); meals in hall - breakfast Monday-Saturday and dinner Sunday-Friday (no lunch).

Participants attending both weeks of the summer school will be provided with complimentary bed and breakfast accommodation on the night of Saturday 10 August and the morning of Sunday 11 August 2019.

Non-residential - £970 per week

Fees include tuition (2 seminars and the weekly lecture); no accommodation; dinner at Christ Church from Sunday-Friday.

There are no sources of funding (scholarships, bursaries, etc) available for applicants.


Before you submit your application

  • ensure you meet the admissions requirements (see "Selection criteria", below);
  • make sure you have all the required supporting documents listed below;
  • ensure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of enrolment on the summer school, especially those relating to payment of fees and cancellations (see "Payment", above); and
  • read the 'Important information regarding immigration and visa requirements' (see "Level and demands", below).

The application process

Please ensure all sections are completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.

The form must be accompanied by:

  • A brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the programme, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include the relevance of the summer school to your current employment, professional or personal development, or present course of study. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to enrol on specific seminars.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English, official evidence of English language competency.
  • A letter of recommendation from a person who is well placed to comment on your suitability of the programme - eg a member of the clergy, a religious leader, or an academic in the field of theology and religious studies. A reference from a family member is not acceptable. Please note that the letter of recommendation must refer specifically to your application to the Oxford University Theology Summer School.
  • Photographs (UK passport-sized - ie 4.5cm high x 3.5cm wide), with your full name printed on the back of each: please provide four photographs if you are applying for one week of the summer school; six if you are applying for both weeks.

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