Orthodox Christian Student Society


A talk by Gilian Crow on metrop. Anthony of Sourozh

 “Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: Leading us to the Light of the Resurrection”, a talk by Gilian Crow, Thursday 12 March, 7.30pm, St James Church, Sussex Gardens (London W2 3UD).

1406969853909In continuation of the celebration of the centenary of the birth of metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (1914-2003), Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius hosts the talk by metropolitan’s biographer and a long-term Diocesan Secretary Gilian Crow, the author of “This Holy Man: Impressions of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh” (2005).

The event is preceded by Eucharist and light refreshments at 6.30pm at St James Church, Sussex Gardens.

“Re-encountering Frideswide”

The Fellowship of St Alban & St Sergious is hosting a talk by the Revd Canon Dr Robin Gibbons on the patron saint of Oxford and the University of Oxford, St Frideswide (†720).

“Re-encountering Frideswide”, Monday 2nd March, 7pm, House of St Gregory & St Macrina.

RobinGibbonsThe Revd Dr Robin Gibbons is the Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. He also served as the Administrative Director at the Centre for Religion in Public Life and chaplain at Kellogg College. In May 2012 he was appointed the Ecumenical Canon at the Cathedral College of All Saints (Canada).

Maslenitsa Celebration

Maslenitsa Pancake Party

Saturday 21 February, 11am – 1pm, University College MCR.

13715282495_33ad6e2752_kThe Oxford Orthodox Christian Society together with OU Russian Society invite you to celebrate Maslenitsa – an Eastern Slavic folk feast, celebrated throughout the week preceding the Great Lent. Join the members of both student societies for traditional Maslenitsa food (that includes everything but meat) and get ready to bid farewell to winter!

The Zernov Lecture 2015 by the Revd Andrew Louth

“The Rediscovery of Icons in the Orthodox Church”

11221721895_82da75dff5_oThe Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius together with Pusey House invite to the Zernov Lecture 2015 by the Revd Professor Andrew Louth on the topic “The Rediscovery of Icons in the Orthodox Church”, Wednesday 11 February, 6pm at Pusey House (St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ).

Fr Andrew Louth is one of the leading Orthodox theologians, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies at Durham University. He is an acclaimed author of classic works on philosophy and theology, including “The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys” (1983), “St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology” (2004), “Greek East and Latin West: The Church, AD 681-1071” (2007), “Maximus the Confessor” (2013) and many others. He is a priest in the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh, serving the parish in Durham.

An Orthodox memorial prayer will be said at 5.45pm for the founders and benefactors of the House of St Gregory and St Macrina, the St Theosevia Centre and the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.

All are welcome!

Metrop. Hilarion of Volokolamsk: Public Lectures

DSC_0089_Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of Volokolamsk, is visiting England this week and will deliver two public lectures in Winchester and Cambridge. Metropolitan Hilarion is a permanent member of the Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches, and a member of the Central and Executive Committees of the World Council of Churches.


Student Discussion Group

Student Discussion Group “Being an Orthodox Christian in a British University Environment”.

Thursday 5th February, 7pm, House of St Gregory and St Macrina (1 Canterbury Road, OX2 6LU).

15716952866_f40b473596_zOxford OrthSoc is hosting a student discussion group on what it means to be an Orthodox Christian student in Britain. Come and join a lively group of students in an informal conversation, and share your personal views and experiences on the topic. Fr Ian Graham and Fr Stephen Platt will lead the meeting and offer their pastoral perspective. Light refreshments will be provided.

OrthSoc Celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2015), the Oxford Orthodox Christian Student Society organises several events. We invite students of all Christian denominations to get together and pray for peace, understanding and unity, and to reflect on the future of Christianity in the modern world.

13564545224_159ac6b6da_oFirst, OrthSoc invites you to pray at the Orthodox Vespers in the Jesus College Chapel on Monday, 19 January at 5.45pm. For the first time in years, the Orthodox Christian service will be celebrated in an Oxford college chapel. The celebrant and preacher will be metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. Come to experience and learn more about the Orthodox Christian service as one of the best-known contemporary Orthodox theologians, metropolitan Kallistos, guides you through the texts and prayers. The service is followed by a drinks reception.


On the next day, 20 January at 6.30pm, OrthSoc is privileged to host the Dean of Christ Church, the Revd Canon Professor Martyn Percy with a talk entitled “Soil, Society and Salvation – Some Challenges for the Contemporary Church” in the Oxford University’s oldest building – The Old Library at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (entrance via Radcliffe Square). The talk is followed by a wine reception.

On Saturday, 24 January at 10.30am, OrthSoc invites you to join the congregation of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Parishes at 1 Canterbury Road (Oxford, OX2 6LU) for the Liturgy for the prayer for Christian unity. The service is followed by drinks reception in the House of St Gregory and St Macrina.

Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa

aspirantura_ware03On 13th December 2014 metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) received the honorary doctorate from Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies (Moscow Patriarchate). The ceremony was chaired by metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the Apostolic Nuncio to Russia Ivan Yurkovich and the Serbian bishop Irinej of Bačka (on the photo from left to right). Previously, metropolitan Kallistos was given the same honour by St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (Crestwood, NY) on 8th September 2011.

In the acceptance speech, His Excellency spoke about theological endeavour as an “entry into the living mystery of the living and personal God.” He described this journey as a path from light into “luminous darkness” – a mystery and union with God. Theology uses human intellect as a gift from God, but at the same time recongises that its subject lies beyond the reasoning brain. Metrop. Kallistos particularly emphasised that to be a theologian means “to follow, never to rest satisfied, always to move further; the essence of perfection is that we never become perfect, we always reach out to what lies in front of us.” (more…)

“Religion, Society and Politics”: The Final Seminar

OrthSoc concludes the term with the event on religion, ethnicity and civil society in Russia
“Historico-Religious Bricolage and Civil Society in Contemporary Russia”

Thursday, 27 November, 6pm, House of St Gregory & St Macrina (1 Canterbury Road, OX2 6LU).

Marat_Shterin_200Michaelmas Term is coming to an end extremely fast, and this week OrthSoc is hosting its last speaker event of the term. The Society is delighted to welcome Dr Marat Shterin, Associate Professor of Sociolgoy of Religion at King’s College London, to speak about how historical memories and religion are constructed and used as justifications for either including or excluding particular actors in civil society in Russia. The seminar is based on the speaker’s fieldwork across regions and religions of Russia over the past 20 years. Dr Shterin will also present the material from his forthcoming book “Religion in the Remaking of Russia” (Oxofrd UP 2016).

Dr Marat Shterin is one of the leading experts on the new religious movements, religious minorities and radical religious groups in Russia. He has written extensively on religion and identity in relation to personal faith, ethnicity and nationhood. His most recent books include “Demystifying the Caliphate: Historical Memory and Contemporary Contexts (2012), “Dying for Faith: Religiously Motivated Violence in the Contemporary World” (2009) and special issue of “Journal of Religion, State and Society” – “Muslim Young People in the UK and Russia” (2011, vol. 39).

This event will not be podcasted, therefore we expect to see as many of our members and guests as possible. This event is open to the public. The drinks reception will conclude the evening.

OrthSoc at the Ashmolean’s Christmas Light Night!

The Orthodox Society is taking part in Oxford’s city-wide Christmas Light festival in the Ashmolean!

On Friday, 21 November, 7.40 pm, our community will be showcasing Orthodox Christmas traditions at the Ashmolean Museum as part of their Christmas Light Night event. Our program includes Russian/Ukrainian/Belarusian carols, Christmas tales translated into English, sochivo food samples and traditional costumes!

It promises to be a fantastic evening! Please come and join us for pre-Christmas fun in the Textiles Gallery! The show will be running in 20 minute intervals until 9 pm, so there will be plenty of chance for you to come and see it.

Better yet – get involved! We are still looking for more choir members to take part, so if you have an interest in singing, please sign up using this form. No previous kolyadki experience or Slavonic language knowledge is required.

Our next rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, 20 November, 7 pm. More details and music sheets available upon registration.