SCR member receives Chancellor's Medal
Warmest congratulations to Dr Margaret Harvey, a long-standing member of the Senior Common Room of St John's College, who is one of three recipients this year of the Chancellor's Medal, presented at the Celebrating Excellence Dinner in the Great Hall of the Castle on 30 April 2018. Chancellor's Medals are awarded to former members of academic staff whose achievements in and around Durham are such that they have earned this prestigious honour.
Dr Harvey, who frequently attends the Wednesday SCR buffet lunch in St John's, is an Honorary Fellow (Late Medieval History) in the University of Durham's Department of History and a member of the University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Among her publications is Lay Religious Life in Late Medieval Durham (Boydell Press, 2006), described by one reviewer as a 'meticulously researched and detailed book'. She is currently working with Dr Lynda Rollason on a new edition of The Rites of Durham, which describes aspects of the late medieval monastery at Durham.
(3 May 2018)
Allchurches Trust thanked at Chancellor's Circle Dinner
Last night Peter Mojsa from the Allchurches Trust received the Chancellor’s Medal from Sir Thomas Allen, Durham University Chancellor at a dinner at the British Library. The dinner was held to thank principal donors. Allchurches is supporting the construction of St John’s College new Learning Resource Centre. The presentation of a medal and certificate to the Allchurches Trust is in recognition and thanks for their support towards the LRC.
(26 Apr 2018)
Seven St John's students presented at the Josephine Butler Research Forum last week on topics ranging from machine learning to the God of contemporary British worship. The multi-disciplinary forum was spread over two days and showcased both undergraduate and postgraduate speakers from Colleges and Departments across the University.
Many congratulations to all Johnians who presented their research at the event, especially to Joseph Bullock and Alexander Hibberts who won awards for their contributions. Joseph (pictured, below) won the long presentation award with his talk 'Hey Google: Show Me a Llama'. Alexander (pictured, above) gave a talk on 'English Cathedral Architecture, 1660-1669', which earned him the short presentation award. This is a wonderful achievement.
Speaking on his experience, Alex said, "it was a great experience to be exposed to research from a range of disciplines across the university and meet like-minded individuals with whom I could share my own ideas."
(24 Apr 2018)
Visiting Fellow in Residence Summer Term 2018
We are pleased to welcome Trevor Thorn as resident Visiting Fellow, Trevor will be with us from 23 April to 22 June 2018 and will be joined by his wife Pam.
Trevor spent most of his employed life as a fund-raiser for church-based causes (Ridley Hall, Cambridge; Great St Mary’s, Cambridge University church; Ely Cathedral), after starting his working life in banking, where he had qualified with banking and company secretarial diplomas and prizes in banking law.
(23 Apr 2018) » More about Visiting Fellow in Residence Summer Term 2018
SJCBC competes at WeHoRR
SJCBC raced at the Head of the River Race on 10th/11th March 2018 at Cygnet Rowing Club, sending two women's eights to WEHoRR for the first time and seeing admirable performance across the board.
Thanks to all alumni, parents and rowers who joined us at the WeHoRR weekend in London. We saw some brilliant racing - but most importantly a special ceremony, naming the first VIII with Peter Wake and his family.
An album of photos from the WeHoRR weekend can be viewed here.
The next event, at the prestigious Durham Regatta is on the 10th and 11th of June.
(29 Mar 2018) » More about SJCBC competes at WeHoRR
Principal responds to the death of Professor Stephen Hawking
The Principal did 26 interviews on questions of Hawking and God in the printed media and radio, and did a special Thought for the Day which you can listen to here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0616qkd
On Tuesday 20th March the Principal also spoke at a meeting of DU Alumni Association at the Oriental Club on ‘Faith in the Public Square: Hawking, the Simpsons and Thought for the Day’.
(21 Mar 2018)
John’s student wins prestigious prize for PhD
Rob Haynes has been awarded the Dissertation of the Year Award by the Wesleyan Theological Society for his thesis ‘Consuming Mission’ which explores the nature of short term missions in different parts of the world.
It was supervised by the Principal and Dr Mathew Guest.
Rob is also a Visiting Fellow at St John's College. You can read more about his work here.
(12 Mar 2018)
LRC ground breaking ceremony
On Tuesday 20th February students, staff, contractors and benefactors shared in a dedication service to mark the official start of construction of the Learning Resource Centre. The building will be open in early 2019 and will provide new teaching and seminar space as well as two floors of library and study space. The Principal, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, is pictured here holding the foundation stone alongside architect David Darbyshire. The foundation stone reads 'grace and truth'
(21 Feb 2018)
We were delighted to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to St John's College on Thursday 15th February. The Prince first visited the chapel, where he met College representatives and saw the memorial stone of his ancestor, Dame Elizabeth Bowes. HRH then greeted many members of the crowd before unveiling a commemorative plaque in honour of Dame Elizabeth at Bowes House.
(16 Feb 2018) » More about Royal Visit
'Faith in Conflict' review in Church Times
The Revd Dr Stuart Bell is a Wesley Study Centre Visiting Fellow at St John's College. he recently published a book titled 'Faith in Conflict: The impact of the Great War on the faith of the people of Britain'. The Church Times has published a book review, which can be read here:
(9 Feb 2018)
HRH The Prince of Wales to visit St John's
We are delighted to announce the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales on Thursday 15 February. While Prince Charles is coming to visit Durham Cathedral and the University he has asked especially to come and visit St John’s College. This is to reflect how highly Cranmer Hall is viewed nationally but also to unveil a new blue plaque on Bowes House which commemorates Dame Elizabeth Bowes his 7 times great grandmother. Elizabeth Bowes is buried in our College Chapel and was a pioneer and entrepreneur in the coal mining industry of the North-East.
(6 Feb 2018) » More about HRH The Prince of Wales to visit St John's
Appointment of a new Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall
We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Emma Parker as Deputy Warden of Cranmer Hall.
Raised and educated in Sunderland, Emma achieved a First in Theology before receiving a distinction in her MA in Theological Research - both at Durham University. Having taught New Testament for a short time at St John’s Anglican Seminary in Zambia, Emma trained for ministry at Ridley Hall Cambridge before returning to Durham Diocese in 2009 for her curacy. Since 2012 she has served at Easington and Easington Colliery, most recently as priest-in-charge; in this role she overseen significant development of lay teams and mission initiatives in a demanding missionary context. She is also undertaking PhD study in Durham under Prof John Barclay.
(29 Jan 2018) » More about Appointment of a new Deputy Warden at Cranmer Hall
Warden of Cranmer Hall elected to Synod
We are delighted to announce that the Warden of Cranmer Hall, the Revd Dr Philip Plyming, has been elected to the Church of England Synod as a representative of Theological colleges. Many congratulations to Philip!
(17 Jan 2018)
Professor Thomas Vogt
We are pleased to welcome IAS Fellow, Professor Thomas Vogt to St John’s College from 4 January until March 2018.
Thomas Vogt is Director of the Nano Center, an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and adjunct faculty in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. After receiving a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Tübingen in Germany in 1987 he worked as a scientist at the Institute Laue-Langevin in Grenoble France from 1988-1992 and Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1995-2005. Since 2005 he is at the University of South Carolina. In his research he has developed and used neutron, x-ray and electron diffraction and imaging techniques to explore structure-property relationships in materials. He is also interested in philosophical, ethical and societal implications of science and technology in particular problems relating to the emergence of chemical concepts. Structural concepts such as chemical bonds, bond valence and electronegativity which emerge in condensed matter are important issues in the philosophy of chemistry. Professor Vogt is author of more than 300 peer reviewed papers and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
(8 Jan 2018) » More about Professor Thomas Vogt
Help with a Major Research Project
A research group led by the Principal are currently reviewing the attitudes of church leaders towards science. We currently have over 900 responses but need a few more. If you are a church leader from any denomination (and you could be lay or ordained) we would be delighted if you could fill in the on-line survey – click on the link below. You do not need to know anything about science!
(15 Dec 2017)
Visiting Fellow publishes new book for Lent
One of our College Visiting Fellows, Alan Bartlett, has written a new book for Lent.
In 47 daily Lenten reflections on readings from Luke’s Gospel, beginning on Ash Wednesday, Alan Bartlett examines how we see Jesus.
(15 Dec 2017)
Appointment of new Senior Tutor
St John’s College is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Rebecca Bouveng as its new Senior Tutor.
She originally came to Durham from Sweden as an undergraduate at St John’s, to study for a BA in Russian and Politics. Her PhD in politics, in the field of international relations explored narratives of messianism in Russian statecraft, geopolitics and identity.
Throughout her PhD studies she was engaged in grassroots community development, working with asylum seekers and refugees, and children and young people in socially deprived areas of the North East.
In 2013 she joined the management team of the postgraduate only Ustinov College as Assistant Principal (College Life), taking on responsibility for student support provision including complex welfare cases and the mentor system, and developing the Ustinov Global Citizenship Programme, which forms the umbrella for academic and personal development initiatives in College. Rebecca has a strong interest in student-led learning, social justice and critical approaches to global citizenship education. Over the past year and a half she has been involved in the development of global citizenship initiatives at university and international level within the Matariki Network of Universities and the emerging Matariki Global Citizenship Programme.
(13 Nov 2017) » More about Appointment of new Senior Tutor
Cranmer Hall Diamond Jubilee!
October 2018 sees the 60th anniversary of the founding of Cranmer Hall as part of St John’s College Durham.
To launch a year of special events we are having a Diamond Jubilee Service at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 29 September 2018 at 11am, followed by a Celebration Buffet Lunch in College.
All Cranmer Hall alumni and friends are warmly invited and it promises to be a wonderful occasion to thank God for his many blessings and meet up with those who have been part of the special story of Cranmer Hall, Durham.
Please save the date in your diaries and watch out for more details in the New Year.
(31 Oct 2017) » More about Cranmer Hall Diamond Jubilee!
David Wilkinson comments on the value of BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day
David Wilkinson comments on the value of BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day in the Radio Times.
Read what he has to say here:
(31 Oct 2017)
This year in John's our focus is on the positive impact we may have on the community. Led primarily by the student run St John's Common Room, several Community Outreach projects will be launched in the coming weeks, aiming to aid those is local schools and offer support to a local charity 'RT Projects', which in turns seeks to offer refuge to those coping with mental health issues. It is important that as members of the St John's community we recognise the relatively privileged position in which we find ourselves and the responsibly which this carries. St John's students have the opportunity to really affect the lives of those in the local community - be that offering exam advice to Sixth Form students or engaging with arts and crafts classes. The impact of even the smallest amount of volunteering should not be underestimated.
While the Community Outreach scheme is in its infancy at the moment, we are looking to expand our reach so to help numerous sectors in society. However, as it is a volunteering project, it is unlikely that it will be able sustain its self and therefore we look to our Alumni and friends and any financial support which they may be able to offer.
As you are most likely aware, we are also still in the process of raising funds for the new Learning Resource Centre. This project is in an exciting stage as number 17 South Bailey has been demolished and archaeologists are currently excavating the site before the building commences. We are still short of our target for this project and would gratefully receive any further donations. Of course, the generosity already given to this project has been outstanding so we understand that many may not be able to sacrifice any more.
In order to facilitate any contributions you may be kindly willing to offer, we have set up a 'local giving' page. All donations will help support both of these ongoing projects, and any contribution you would be able to make would be very much appreciated.
(30 Oct 2017)
On the evening of Wednesday 25th October over 200 members and friends of the St John's community gathered in a packed lecture room to hear the Honorable Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb speak on remorse and the criminal justice system. The lecture was titled “What’s done cannot be undone” (Macbeth V. ii. 74).
You can read the transcript of the lecture here: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/mrs-justice-cheema-grubb-annual-borderlands-lecture.pdf
The Principal comments:
'It was great to see a full lecture room last night for our annual Borderlands Lecture. Our speaker weaved in a wide range of subject areas into exploring her central theme of ‘remorse’ – it was brilliantly done and a great model of what a Durham education is all about.'
(26 Oct 2017) » More about Borderlands 2017
We were delighted to welcome Professor Stewart Clark of the Physics Department to our first Café Scientifique of the year. He took us through the strange world of quantum theory (and a little bit of relativity as well). The Tristram Room was packed out with students from all different subject areas.
It was brilliantly arranged and chaired by Miro Cafolla one of our postgrad physicists.
(20 Oct 2017)
It is with sadness that the College learnt of the death of Christopher Byworth who was Warden of Cranmer Hall (1979-1983). The funeral arrangements for Christopher have now been finalised and the details are as follows:
Wednesday 13th September, 1.45pm at St. Paul’s Church, Skelmersdale, WN8 8ND followed by St. Helens Crematorium at 3.30pm.
We give thanks for his life and ministry and hold his wife Ruth in our prayers.
(7 Sep 2017)
The Principal on Eschatology
The Principal contributes essay to new book on Eschatology.
The essay is called:
The Accelerating Universe and New Creation: Christian eschatology in the face of scientific futility
It is published in 'Game Over? Reconsidering Eschatology'.
(7 Sep 2017) » More about The Principal on Eschatology
The Principal is in the US
The Principal is currently in the US where he is speaking about the relationship of science and theology. He did seven talks speaking to hundreds of people in Charlotte around the total eclipse, and then moved on to San Diego where he addressed the prestigious City Club.
He is now travelling to Western Carolina University and then the Headquarters of World Methodism at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina.
(25 Aug 2017)
Celebrating the success of St John's alumni
One of John’s former students, Charlotte Hurst, has won an award for Young Plant Scientist of the year for her PhD research in Dundee.
(9 Aug 2017)
Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor
Cranmer Hall is delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Sarah Strand as our new part-time tutor.
The interview panel and the students who met Sarah were impressed with her pastoral, theological and team working skills, all of which are rooted in a disciplined, prayerful and mature faith. She expressed a clear calling to this role and demonstrated a real passion for training church leaders for the future.
Sarah is a Cranmer alumni, having completed an MA in Theology and Ministry in 2014. She lives in Redcar and is currently finishing a part-time curacy, having also served as a hospital chaplain during IME2. She is married to Matt who is Vicar of Kirkleatham and they are parents to Zachary, who has just turned one.
(9 Aug 2017) » More about Welcome to the new Cranmer Hall Tutor
The Principal is captured by the Dark Side!
At a talk in Newcastle recently that the Principal gave on the spirituality of the Star Wars movies, he found some interesting members of the audience, as pictured. The talk was called 'The
Power of the Force: The Spirituality of the Star Wars Films'.
(8 Aug 2017)
St John's Prizewinners
At the end of the summer term the University congratulated two of our students in special ways.
Matthew Toynbee was awarded the Rochester Prize which is given to the top performing first year Science undergraduate. Matthew is a mathematician and was joined by his family for the presentation ceremony. The name of the award honours Professor George Rochester (1908-2001), distinguished former Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor. The Principal was a good friend of Professor Rochester and was himself the recipient of the Rochester Prize when he was a Physics undergraduate and when the prize was awarded for final degree results.
At the same event, Alice Pearce of the Department of Psychology was one of only seven students from across the science faculty selected to present a paper in the Rising Stars Research Symposium for her final year undergraduate project ‘Evidence for an Early Cortical Mechanism for Texture’.
Congratulations to both Matthew and Alice.
(27 Jul 2017)
Read about our new MA in Digital Theology in the Times Higher Ed
The Times Higher Education has recently published an article discussing the new MA in Digital Theology, which is being offered by Cranmer Hall for the first time this year. The MA is also a world first in this subject area.
(26 Jul 2017)
SJCBC Boat Naming
St John's College Boat Club held a boat naming ceremony at the Durham Regatta to name the new VIII after Mally Yates. Mally Yates was the first female tutor in the College, when St John's became mixed.
(27 Jun 2017)
Student Volunteering Achievements
Congratulations and a big thank you to all of our students who volunteer their time with local charities. College, along with Experience Durham, would like to pass on thanks to those students who've made a contribution to the incredibly important engagement programme. Students volunteer in a number of ways and these numbers include all volunteering through a Durham Student Organisation.
Throughout the period October through to March, St. John's College has had 23 active volunteers who have achieved a brilliant 193 volunteer hours. Our college's top volunteers have been Thomas Collier, George Ray and Eleanor Brown. They have all really gone above and beyond!
(27 Jun 2017)
Cranmer Hall now offers MA in Digital Theology
Cranmer Hall, the theological training centre within St John’s College, hosts a unique suite of Master’s-level programmes in theology for ministry. In partnership with CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology we are pleased to offer the world’s first MA in Digital Theology, exploring the impact of digital culture on religious practice and thinking. We also offer an MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry, training those with experience of Christian ministry to provide relevant, high quality consultancy for church work and church workers across a range of areas and approaches to the church’s mission and ministry. Both of these MA courses build on the strengths of our long-established MA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission, which continues to equip lay and ordained Christians to play a leading role in the development of Christian mission and ministry in the UK and internationally as practitioners, educators and enablers of the whole people of God. Each of these courses can also be a route into the professional Doctorate in Theology and Ministry (DThM), delivered in partnership between St John’s College and the Department of Theology and Religion, and offering opportunity for extended research on an area of theology as it relates to the practice of faith.
(26 Jun 2017)
Cranmer Hall Explore Day
In October, College will host the visit of the leading Anglican scholar, Ashley Null for what Cranmer Hall call an ‘Explore Day’ on Thomas Cranmer, on 6 October. The day will explore Cranmer’s context within the English Reformation, how new research helps us see him in a different light and how all this affects how we understand his theology of the eucharist. This day forms part of St Johns College’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is co-sponsored by Durham University’s Centre for Anglican Studies.
(23 Jun 2017) » More about Cranmer Hall Explore Day
John's/Chad's Day Victory
We are pleased to announce that St John's was victorious in the annual John's/Chad's Day sporting competition on Tuesday.
The Principal David Wilkinson comments:
"After two years of hurt, the Wilkinson-Cassidy cup is gleaming now in St Johns.
Well done to all who took part in John’s/Chad’s day and especially to those who won!
Training starts now for next year."
After a full day of sporting fixtures, the two colleges came together in the evening to share in friendship and comradery with two formal dinners held simultaneously at St Chad's and St John's. What a great way to end the day!
(15 Jun 2017)
Visiting Fellows awarded by Archbishop of Canterbury
We are delighted that on 9th June two Visiting Fellows at St John’s were given awards by another John’s alumnus, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Anne Harrison, pictured here received The Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship - For her sustained and outstanding contribution to music in worship.
Visiting Fellow Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, received The Canterbury Cross for Services to the Church of England - For his outstanding contribution as First Estates Commissioner of the Church of England.
(15 Jun 2017) » More about Visiting Fellows awarded by Archbishop of Canterbury
CK Barrett Centenary Conference
Charles Kingsley Barrett FBA was born on 4 May 1917 and became one of the greatest British biblical scholars of the 20th century. He served as Professor of Divinity at Durham University for 24 years and wrote commentaries on the Acts of the Apostles, John, Romans, 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.
To mark the Centenary of his birth and a new volume of his and his father’s sermons, we hosted a one-day conference in College which included a lecture by Dr Ben Witherington III on C K Barrett as a preacher and the launch of the book.
(13 Jun 2017) » More about CK Barrett Centenary Conference
Professor Pete Ward on One Love in Church Times
Was One Love Manchester an answer to the Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer, asks Professor Pete Ward, Professorial Fellow in Ecclesiology and Ethnography in the Department of Theology and Religion.
Pete's article in the Church Times can be read in full here.
(13 Jun 2017)
Student Sporting Success
It’s been a huge week for sport at St John’s! Team Durham held their annual College Festival of Sport on Thursday, with John’s achieving 2nd place overall thanks to the following scoring results:
Badminton – 1 and 3
Women’s Football – quarter finalists
Hockey – 1
Lacrosse – 2
Squash – 2 and 3
Table Tennis – 2
Frisbee – 6
There were also strong performances in men’s football, basketball, and rugby.
A huge well done to all involved for achieving the best result John’s has ever had in Festival of Sport.
Elsewhere in college sport, the rounders and cricket teams have been dodging the rain and maintaining winning records. The men’s cricket team have secured back to back wins, while the rounders team remains unbeaten all season.
The sporting focus turns to John’s Chad’s Day, the biggest sporting day in the John’s calendar, after Saturday (10th) saw our women’s cricket team deal Chad’s their first of many losses with a comprehensive 116 run victory. Special mentions must go to Bernadette Waddelove and Kirsty Gledhill for their incredible 132 run partnership.
(13 Jun 2017)
Principal discusses the limits of mankind on BBC Radio
On Sunday the Principal, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, took part in a 30 minute discussion on BBC Radio Ulster on "Has mankind reached the height of sophistication – morally, intellectually and spiritually – or is it going backwards?"
He was joined by Professors Tina Beattie and John Brewer.
(8 May 2017)
Durham University Department of Theology and Religion
Durham University has been ranked third in the world for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies.
(8 Mar 2017)
Cranmer Hall Research Impact
College research is being quoted by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowo-Fearon. Dr Idowu–Fearon was speaking to ordinands, staff and guests at the Church of Ireland Theological Institute on Wednesday February 22, where he gave a lecture entitled ‘Global Anglicanism – Where Are We Now?’
The article linked below reports that the Archbishop referred to a collection of essays edited by David Goodhew, Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, called Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present, which highlighted that from 1970 to 2010 the Anglican Communion as a whole grew from 46 million people to 86 million people.
(28 Feb 2017)
Public Lectures at St John's
Over the past week we have had a packed programme of public lectures including:
Dr Barbara Sattler, our Fellow from the Institute of Advanced Studies who illustrated an outstanding lecture on time and speed in Greek philosophy with reference to our women’s rowing crew in a race against St Chad’s.
Alumnus Jonathan Cox, Deputy Director of Citizens UK who spoke about how his time as DSU Rep on the JCR Exec developed the leadership and organisational skills that he would deploy later in professional life.
Michael Wear, the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life, spoke about religion and politics in the US. He was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
(23 Feb 2017)
Appointment of new MATM Director at Cranmer Hall
We are delighted to announce the appointment of the Revd Dr Nicholas Moore as MATM Director at Cranmer Hall. Among a strong field he was the unanimous choice of the panel who were particularly impressed with Nick’s application and interview together with his accomplishments and publications to date.
Raised and educated in Durham, Nick completed his undergraduate and doctoral studies in Oxford before returning to the Diocese to serve as Curate in Stranton, Hartlepool. He is an accomplished young scholar with an impressive track record in research and publication.
(21 Feb 2017) » More about Appointment of new MATM Director at Cranmer Hall
Revd Dr Liz Kent appointed Director of Wesley Study Centre
We are delighted to announce that Revd Dr Liz Kent will be joining the team as Director of the Wesley Study Centre. She brings so many gifts: deep faith, missional passion; considerable experience in circuit ministry; academic credentials, and a long history with the study centre. We are really looking forward to welcoming here onto the Cranmer Team.
Principal interviewed on Radio Newcastle about Good Friday project
The Principal was interviewed on Radio Newcastle about a Good Friday project which is supported by St John's.
In 2014 the College worked with the BBC on a live Good Friday broadcast 'The Great North Passion'. This artistic and community retelling of the passion story has continued in inspiring local churches.
Last year over 300 churches throughout the country took part and this year church groups are being challenged to retell the Good Friday story in "unique and public” ways
St John's hosts strategic world leading conference on robotics and artificial intelligence
Last week the College's project funded by the Templeton World Charitable Foundation, 'Equipping Christian Leaders in an Age of Science' hosted over 40 senior church leaders, scientists and theologians exploring the theme of 'What does it mean to be human' in the light of advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed Warden of Cranmer Hall
Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed as the new Warden of Cranmer Hall in St John’s College, Durham University.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Dr Philip Plyming as successor to Bishop Mark Tanner as Warden of Cranmer Hall.
Philip is currently Vicar of Claygate in the Diocese of Guildford and also Area Dean of Emly. Holy Trinity Claygate is a very large parish church which has seen significant growth over the years and which has also sought to resource other churches in their mission.
Former tutor appointed Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge
St John's College is delighted to hear the news that one of our former Cranmer Hall tutors, Rev Dr Michael Volland, has been appointed as Principal of Ridley Hall, an Anglican theological college in Cambridge.
Michael was supported by the College in his doctorate here at Durham and was nurtured in his thinking and teaching as Director of Mission at Cranmer Hall. His appointment at Ridley strengthens a traditional friendship between Ridley and Cranmer, which is complemented by Durham validating the degrees of students at Ridley through the national Common Awards.
Memorial Choral Evensong for Canon Dr Tim Yates
On Wednesday 19th October a memorial choral evensong was held for Canon Dr Tim Yates, one of our former Wardens of the College. On this occasion the sermon was preached by Jo Cundy, a close friend of Tim and Mally and herself married to another former Warden, Bishop Ian Cundy. Here is the text of the sermon.
(23 Nov 2016) » More about Memorial Choral Evensong for Canon Dr Tim Yates
Pioneer Churches report by Canon Dr Robin Greenwood
Visiting fellow, Canon Dr Robin Greenwood, reports on 'Emerging Futures for Anglican Churches in Australia', about a recent two month journey facilitating conferences and workshops in five Australian Dioceses. The material was based on the work Robin did as William Leech Fellow 2013-2015. The paper was requested by the Australian Anglican Commission on Ministry.
(23 Nov 2016)
Scientists in Congregations Awards
The Scientists in Congregations Awards have been presented by Archbishop of York at Bishopthorpe Palace.
The Principal, as project leader of the Templeton sponsored Equipping Christian Leaders in an Age of Science based at St. John's , with Dr Kathryn Pritchard led an event which presented the first round of grants to initiatives from local churches to further the dialogue of science and faith. This Scientists in Congregations scheme is intended to enable scientists within churches to partner with church leaders for the benefit of church and community in exploring the big questions.
(23 Nov 2016) » More about Scientists in Congregations Awards
Brian McLaren visits College
On Friday 21st October, American theologian and author Brian McLaren popped into College for lunch during his UK tour. He is pictured here alongside the Principal, Dr Matthew Guest, Revd Alison Wilkinson and Revd Dr Calvin Samuel.
(26 Oct 2016)
Vice-Chancellor Student Scholarship Awards
St John's College, despite its smaller size, has once again demonstrated that the academic excellence of its students does not go unnoticed by the wider University. The College was proud to learn that five Johnian Undergraduates have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship in Academic Excellence for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The scholarship was awarded to Amy Porter, Emily Daws and Nina Kumin for achievements in Music, to Yong Chang Chin in Sociology and to Geoffrey Cobb in Biosciences.
The Principal, David WIlkinson, was delighted to join this group of John's students in celebrating their achievments at the Student Scholarships event at Durham Castle on 6th October.
(11 Oct 2016)
Dr Calvin Samuel appointed Principal of London School of Theology
St John's College is delighted to announce that our Academic Dean & WSC Director, Calvin Samuel, has been appointed to be the next Principal of London School of Theology.
Calvin has been part of the College community since 2010, initially as Director of the Wesley Study Centre and latterly as Academic Dean. Under Calvin's oversight recent initiatives such as the Free Church Track and our innovative partnership with Northern Baptist College for the training of Baptist Ministers have come to fruition and we have seen growth in the number of Cranmer Undergraduates who have joined the College community.
Calvin has been an outstanding colleague and good friend over the last 6 years and whilst we will be sad to lose him we are also thrilled at this new appointment for his life and ministry.
(10 Oct 2016)
Leading thinkers in science and technology contribute to new book
Written for general readers of all religious backgrounds, Reason and Wonder, a new book published by SPCK, introduces some of the most fruitful discussions now taking place between leading thinkers in science and theology. As Professor Priest writes in his Preface: ‘In this integrated approach, the notion of science as a monolithic concept is shattered. Instead, the sciences and humanities represent a rainbow tapestry, linked by a common search for understanding, using reason and imagination.’
St John's hosts fracking and climate change conference
St John's College is hosting six conferences on fracking and climate change. Senior church leaders across all denominations will attend to hear leading scientists such as Richard Davies and a range of faculty staff from the Earth Sciences Department alongside theologians such as Ruth Valerio (ARocha), Bob White (Faraday Institute) and Cranmer alumnus Michael Roberts. The conference is held by Rev. Prof. David Wilkinson and Professor Tom McLeish and is funded by the Templeton Charitable Foundation.
(12 Jan 2016)
Aegrotat degree for Pete Wake
In the autumn term, a special ceremony was held at Kings School in Wimbledon. Pete Wake experienced head injuries in Durham City during the time that he was a third year undergraduate at St Johns. A top historian and outstanding rower, Pete's academic and sporting career was cut short. However on the basis of his work up to this point, the University took the unusual step of awarding him an Aegrotat Degree. It was conferred in his absence in summer 2015 but the Principal led a ceremony in Pete's old school close to the hospital that he now resides in. Pete's father Phil, his mother Anne and brother Chris were joined by a large group of family and friends in this celebration of his achievements.
You can visit the Pete Wake Trust website here
(22 Dec 2015)
The licensing of the new Warden of Cranmer Hall
The Principal is delighted to announce that the welcome and licensing of the new Warden of Cranmer Hall, Rev Dr Philip Plyming, will take place at 6pm on 8th May at St Oswald’s Church, Church Street, Durham DH1 3DQ. The service will be followed by refreshments in the Leech Hall at St John’s College. We will also be welcoming and licensing Rev Dr Nick Moore as our new Director of the MA in Theology and Ministry and welcoming Rev Dr Liz Kent as the new Director of the Wesley Study Centre.
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