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New Resident Tutors

We are pleased to introduce two new Resident Tutors, Felix Granderath and Jessica Eastwood. They will be joining the Resident Tutor team for the next academic year. 

Click on for an introduction from Felix and Jessica. 

(6 Jul 2020) » More about New Resident Tutors


Professor James DG Dunn

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Professor James DG Dunn. One of the foremost New Testament scholars of his generation, he was intimately involved with St John’s College during his time in Durham. He was one of a select small group of College Honorary Fellows who are given this honour for their outstanding service to the College. He was President of the Senior Common Room and a member of College Council. His leadership saw the creation and growth of the Wesley Study Centre to become the most popular centre for Methodist training in the UK. 

(29 Jun 2020) » More about Professor James DG Dunn


Free Church Track Receives a Significant Boost with a Gift Towards the Appointment of a new Free Church Track Director

A pioneering training pathway at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, has received a significant boost with the Vardy Foundation making a substantial gift to support the training of men and women as missional leaders in the North-East and beyond.

(3 Jun 2020) » More about Free Church Track Receives a Significant Boost with a Gift Towards the Appointment of a new Free Church Track Director


Former Warden named next Bishop of Chester

The Rt Revd Mark Tanner has been named the next Bishop of Chester. Bishop Mark served as Warden of Cranmer Hall before being appointed Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle in 2016. We offer Bishop Mark many congratulations and good wishes for his new post as Bishop of Chester. 

(18 May 2020)


Dame of St John

We are delighted to share the news that Dr Gillian Boughton, one of our Visiting Fellows and former Senior Tutor, has received assent to the honour of Dame of St John which enables her to be made Trustee and first woman Great Officer of St John International as Chancellor, a role she will take up on 24 June for three years. It will involve travel to some of the 40 countries which make up the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, the parent organisation, of which the Queen is Head.

(27 Apr 2020)


Book Launch

Join David Wilkinson together with David Hutchings as they launch their new book ‘God, Stephen Hawking and the Multiverse’ at St John’s College on Tuesday 11th February, 18:00-18:55. The book is an update and complete rewrite of the earlier ‘God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking’. There will be discounted copies available for purchase.

Find our more about the book, or purchase online here

(23 Jan 2020)


St John’s College secures £3.4m to explore Christianity and science

St John’s College has been awarded £3.4 million to help Christian leaders engage with the latest scientific developments and ideas shaping society. 

The major new grant, from the Templeton Religion Trust, will fund a new, expanded three-year phase of the successful Equipping Christian Leaders in an Age of Science (ECLAS) project led by the Principal, Rev Professor David Wilkinson.

The work will have five areas of focus:

  • Academic research into how Christian churches best engage with science;
  • Conferences for senior church leaders and clergy on cutting-edge scientific issues;
  • A Scientists in Congregations initiative, to support professional scientists in helping churches engage with science – particularly focusing on Cathedrals and larger churches to pioneer projects that can be replicated by other churches;
  • A Science for Seminaries programme, to support and encourage science-engaged theology in UK theology colleges and courses; and
  • Policy and communications work, with the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Church of England.

The Principal comments: “Receiving this grant is wonderful news. Science is all around us and influences so much of how we think and act as a society, whether we consider ourselves scientific or not. It’s crucial that Christians engage with the latest scientific developments and ideas, so that we as churches understand how society is thinking and changing, and indeed we can understand more of God. Such an award to St John’s shows our international standing as part of Durham University”

(17 Jan 2020) » More about St John’s College secures £3.4m to explore Christianity and science


Archbishop awarded Honorary Doctorate of Divinity

Congratulations Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Doctor of Divinity

During winter congregation 2020, over 1500 of our students will graduate at ceremonies in Durham Cathedral. We will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their hard work and inspiring achievements, and to wish them well in their future endeavours.

We also award honorary degrees to inspiring individuals, who are nominated by our colleagues, in recognition of their long and exemplary service of national and international acclaim.

This year, we awarded the Archbishop of York an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, in recognition of his service to the Church of England and for the support and encouragement he offers our students and to St John’s College.

(9 Jan 2020) » More about Archbishop awarded Honorary Doctorate of Divinity


Johnian publishes new book in German

HarperCollins Germany has published “Schwein gehabt, sagt die Liebe” by Sabrina Sonntag. The book is about a young woman, critical of factory farming, cruelty to animals and environmental pollution, who tries to save an animal friendly guest house from being sold and in the meantime falls in love with a man who has a pet pig. Sabrina was an Erasmus student at St John’s from 2014 -15 and is currently doing a Masters of Research in Modern Languages.

(13 Nov 2019)


Prisons Week

Following the Symposium to mark Prisons Week hosted by the Dean at the Cathedral, the speakers Lord Bradbury, Mike Barton former Chief Constable , Gabrielle Lee Governor of HMP Low Newton along with prison chaplains were guests of the Principal for lunch.

(21 Oct 2019)


Space: God, the Universe and Everything at Lichfield Cathedral

The Principal was delighted to be invited to take part in Lichfield Cathedral’s The Great Exhibition 2019 Space: God, the Universe and Everything – a stunning visual spectacle inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. 

Professor Wilkinson gave one of the opening lectures to a packed hall and then went into the Cathedral to see the exhibition. He comments: ‘One of the most beautiful exhibitions that I have seen – imaginative and awe inspiring. The Cathedral makes a wonderful and ideal space for exploring science, art and faith.’

Very Revd Adrian Dorber, the Dean of Lichfield, is a John’s alumnus.

The Principal will return to Lichfield on the 24th September to take part in a lecture series on science and religion.

(12 Aug 2019)


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)


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!


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


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)


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