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undivided: Politics and the Church after Brexit and Trump

Please note, entry to this event is via the Cloister entrance, accessed via the Cathedral car park.

The UK’s decision to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump as US president have sent shock waves through the political establishment. They have led to heightened anxiety at a popular level as politics has appeared more polarised and the old liberal consensus has looked less secure.

On Tuesdays this autumn, we are inviting politicians, faith leaders and public figures to reflect on the nature of politics in this new climate, asking what we should think, how we should speak, and how we should act politically.

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  • 31 October: The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford
  • 14 November: Revd Giles Fraser, priest, journalist and broadcaster.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy

The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, BA M.Ed PhD is the 45th Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.  Educated at the Universities of Bristol, Durham, London (King’s) and Sheffield, he trained for ordination after a career in publishing, serving as curate of St Andrew’s Bedford from 1990-94. He was Chaplain and Director of Theology and Religious Studies, at Christ’s College, Cambridge from 1994-97, and from 1997-2004, Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute for the Study of Religion and Society. He has also served as an Honorary Curate of Millhouses, Canon Theologian of Sheffield Cathedral, and as an Honorary Canon of Salisbury. In 2004 he was appointed as Principal of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. Over the last ten years, the College has developed to become one of the largest Anglican ordination training centres in the country. Martyn is a member of the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London and Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. Martyn has undertaken a number of roles in public life, serving as a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry). He is currently a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority as well as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. He is also Patron of St Francis’ Children’s Society – an Adoption and Fostering Agency. Martyn writes and teaches on modern ecclesiology.  His recent books include Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion (Ashgate) and Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith (Canterbury Press). 

Revd Dr Giles Fraser

Revd Dr. Giles Fraser is vicar of St Mary's Newington and a well known cultural commentator, journalist and a broadcaster. As well as writing a popular weekly Saturday column for The Guardian, Giles appears frequently on BBC Radio 4 and is a regular contributor on Thought for the Day and a panellist on The Moral Maze. He was formerly a visiting professor in the anthropology department at the London School of Economics and was previously Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and director of the St Paul’s Institute with special responsibility for contemporary ethics and engagement with the City of London as a financial centre. He took a controversial stand on Occupy at St Paul's Cathedral, resigning his post there in the process.


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