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St John's College



Kenyans Visit Cranmer and John's

A party of four Kenyans from the diocese of Kapsabet visited college recently, re-establishing a link which was active in the 1990s. The party included Bishop Paul Korir and his wife Selline, Philip Mitei, a local headteacher and Canon Japheth Serem. It was a real joy for the college community host these visitors. They shared about life, ministry and mission in Kenya whilst sharing in college life and meeting many ordinands. The current Cranmer community includes people from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Malawi.

(4 Dec 2018)

The Principal on the radio Sunday morning

Due to the wonders of technology the Principal will be on two different radio stations at the same time talking about two different things!

On BBC Radio Wales he will be talking about the end of the world, survivalists and Christian hope. On BBC Radio Northern Ireland he will be talking about the Insight robot landed by NASA on the surface of Mars. Both at 9am on Sunday morning.

(30 Nov 2018)

Joint Chaplaincy with Sherburn House

St John's College is seeking to make an innovative appointment for a new College Chaplain in a joint venture with Sherburn House. Located on a beautiful five-acre site just three miles east of Durham, Sherburn House is an outstanding context in which older people can experience a caring and supportive community. Since its inception spiritual care has been at the heart of Sherburn House’s work. The Chaplain plays an important role in the life of the community, offering pastoral and spiritual support to residents and staff. The two organisations are excited by the possibility for connections to grow between students and older people, leading to a mutual improvement in spiritual and emotional well-being. Further details are posted online. The closing date for applications is 30 November 2018.

(20 Nov 2018)

Principal on Soyuz and Cathedral

At the start of November, the Principal spoke at Peterborough Cathedral, which has been hosting Tim Peake’s Soyuz TMA-19M space capsule.

In this beautiful 900-year-old Cathedral, the spacecraft has been a vast visitor attraction. Before returning to the earth it endured temperatures of more than 1500 degrees Celsius and has travelled at 17000 miles an hour during its from the International Space Station.

The Principal spoke of the different religious responses of astronauts and cosmologists as they encountered the universe, and explored the question of ‘The Search for God – can science help’?

(14 Nov 2018)

Chapel with Royal connection open to visitors

St John's College was in the local news this week with a story covering the opening of the College Chapel to visitors. Our thanks to the volunteer stewards who make this possible. If you are interested in becoming a chapel steward please contact Liz Forbes at


(8 Nov 2018) » More about Chapel with Royal connection open to visitors

International Conference on Myth Criticism

The Principal gave a keynote address at the 5th International Conference on Myth Criticism which was on the topic of Modern AudioVisual Myths at the University of Complutense in Madrid.

He spoke on ‘Creation and Redemption in the Mythical World of Star Wars’.

(29 Oct 2018)

Scientists in Congregations

The Principal, Rev Prof David Wilkinson, is a co-director of the Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science project, which is funded by Templeton World Charity Foundation. 

Churches across England are being invited to apply for a new round of grants to fund activities aimed at promoting a better understanding between science and faith.

Applications are being encouraged from Christian churches as part of Scientists in Congregations, a scheme aimed at inspiring discussion and learning about the relationship between faith and science.

(24 Oct 2018) » More about Scientists in Congregations

Susie's Wedding

On Saturday 20th October our former Chaplain, Rev Susie Thorp, got married to Andy at All Saints Church, Hurworth. She is now Susie Curtis. Many congratulations to Susie and Andy on their marriage! Everyone here at St John's College wishes them all the best as they start a new life together in Derby. 

(22 Oct 2018)

MCR publishes Postgraduate Wellbeing Handbook

The MCR (Middle Common Room) is publishing a brand-new Postgraduate Wellbeing Handbook. This collaborative effort between St John's and Ustinov College contains advice, submitted by students, for taking care of wellbeing and mental health while studying for a postgraduate degree. It also contains signposts to further sources of support and advice. Being a postgraduate comes with its challenges, but it is hoped this handbook will help to break the silence around postgraduate mental health and wellbeing, encouraging readers to care for themselves and one another in tangible, practical ways. 

(17 Oct 2018)

David Wilkinson

On Friday the Principal, Rev Prof David Wilkinson, took part in a conference for philosophers at St Andrews University ‘Extra-terrestrial life and purpose in the Universe’. He gave a paper entitled ‘Why Christian theology needs to take SETI seriously’.

David also gave BBC Radio 4's 'Thought for the Day' last Monday and this morning. 

(15 Oct 2018)

The Revd Deborah Hopkinson (née Robertson)

Revd Deborah Hopkinson (née Robertson) - The Wesley Study Centre (2000-2003)

It was with deep sadness that College received the news of Deborah’s death on 26 September 2018.

Deborah came to the WSC as a Foundation Training Student in 2000 and studied the MA in Theology and Ministry as part of her ministerial training. Her first appointment was in the Chesterfield Methodist Circuit. Our prayers are with Andy her husband and her three small children as well as with all of her family at this very sad time.

(10 Oct 2018)

Visiting Fellows in Residence

We will welcome two Residential Visiting Fellows for Michaelmas term at St John's College. The Fellows will be organising some interesting events throughout the term, more details on these to follow.

Ted Swartz will join us on Friday 28 September. Ted is the owner and artistic director of Ted and Company Theaterworks, a for profit theater company located in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, specializing in comedic original works on subjects of faith, peace and justice, sexuality, diversity, mental illness and grief.

(27 Sep 2018) » More about Visiting Fellows in Residence

Physics Department Awards for Excellence

PhD Researcher Miro Cafolla has been awarded a Physics Department Award for Excellence 2018. The motivation for the award reads: “For his outstanding commitment to teaching demonstrated through his exemplary approach to helping students understand complicated concepts in the Advanced Physics workshops over the past three years.” 

(26 Sep 2018) » More about Physics Department Awards for Excellence

Appointment of Assistant Senior Tutor (maternity cover)

St John’s College is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Rebecca Hasler as Assistant Senior Tutor (maternity cover) for the period September 2018 – August 2019.

Rebecca first came to Durham as an undergraduate in 2010. During her time studying English Literature at Trevelyan, she fell in love with the city and the colleges, and stayed on to do her MA at Ustinov.

She then went on to complete a PhD at the University of St Andrews. Her research explored Elizabethan print culture, with a focus on satire, genre, and news reporting. During her PhD, she gained experience in teaching undergraduates at St Andrews and Dundee and became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is passionate about working with students to offer pastoral support and to help provide the best possible university experience.

(10 Aug 2018) » More about Appointment of Assistant Senior Tutor (maternity cover)

Video about St Mary the Less

Have you ever visited the Chapel of St Mary the Less? We're extremely fortunate that this beautiful little chapel on the Bailey is part of St John's College. If you've ever walked past and wondered what's inside, or been inside and wondered about its history, you can watch our brand new video to find out more.

St Mary the Less will be open to the public during term time on Mondays to Fridays between Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. We also look forward to welcoming visitors as part of Heritage Open Days (6th-9th and 13th-16th September 2018). Further stewarded open days throughout the year are to be announced.

(20 Jul 2018)

Bishop of Europe to lead St John’s College Council

St John’s College, Durham has appointed the The Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes as the next Chair of College Council. St John’s College is a recognised college of Durham University and home to the theological college Cranmer Hall, which trains ordinands for the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion. As Chair of College Council, Bishop Robert will take up office in December.

The Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Principal, comments: “We are delighted that Bishop Robert has accepted the position and we look forward to welcoming him back to Durham. He brings a breadth of experience and continues our tradition of having a bishop as chair of our governance board.”


(3 Jul 2018) » More about Bishop of Europe to lead St John’s College Council

Peter Wake

We are sad to announce the death of Pete Wake, who was admitted to Kingston Hospital on the 14th June with pneumonia and complications. After his long and brave fight he died on Thursday at 11.30pm. 

Over a decade ago Pete was found in Durham city with severe brain trauma. At the time he was a third year historian at Johns. Since then, with the amazing care and support of his mum and dad, Phil and Anne, his brother Chris and a wide network of family and friends Pete showed unique courage and love of life to battle his disabilities and illness.

In recognition of this remarkable person the University awarded his history degree and the John’s Boat Club named one of our boats in his honour. Indeed it was only recently at the Head of the River that the boat was named in the presence of Pete and his family.

(27 Jun 2018)

2018 Nanoscale Hot Article Collection

Clodomiro Cafolla has been published in a prestigious science journal. Clodomiro is currently based in the Physics Department and is the first author of 'Lubricating properties of single metal ions at interfaces', which has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and included in the 2018 Nanoscale Hot Article Collection.

Read the article in the journal here:

Clodomiro has been at St John's since 2012.

(21 Jun 2018)

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)

Student success

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:

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)

Royal Visit

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

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

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)

Local Giving

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Here’s the link: 

(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.

(15 Feb 2017) » More about Revd Dr Liz Kent appointed Director of Wesley Study Centre

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

(1 Feb 2017) » More about Principal interviewed on Radio Newcastle about Good Friday project

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.

(10 Jan 2017) » More about St John's hosts strategic world leading conference on robotics and artificial 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.

(21 Dec 2016) » More about Revd Dr Philip Plyming appointed Warden of Cranmer Hall

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)

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 Wondera 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.’

(5 Sep 2016) » More about Leading thinkers in science and technology contribute to new book

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.


(29 Mar 2017) » More about The licensing of the new Warden of Cranmer Hall

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