Forthcoming Events


Sunday 3 September: our service will be led by Chapel member Judith Fantozzi, confidently proclaiming Happiness IS! After the service everyone is invited to discuss the theme over a sandwich lunch (please bring your own) at the University Club in Mansfield Road.

Saturday 9 September: Chapel open to the public, from 11 am until 4 pm, as part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend.

Sunday 10 September: Truth, Honour, Virtue is the title of todays service, led by Alan Ruston (Vice-President of the Unitarian Historical Society).

Sunday 17 September: Harvest Thanksgiving, led by Martin Gienke, a member of the Bury St Edmunds Unitarian congregation. Please bring gifts of non-perishable food for the Asylum Welcome food bank (or fresh garden produce for sale to raise cash for AW). The service will end with a brief naming ceremony for Ramona Grace Kaige Isoo.

Thursday 21 September: Our Heart and Mind discussion group meets at 7 pm to share thoughts about Money.

Sunday 24 September: Companions in Faith:Guest preacher (and jazz pianist) Terri Quaye says: Looking beyond our chosen faith and the truths that we try to live by can provide reassurance and clarity, or the opportunity to take a different path. Being a Unitarian gives me the freedom to explore without judgement the many world faiths that exist today.

Sunday 1 October: Making Mistakes is the theme of todays service, led by Unitarian lay preacher Val Worthington. After the service: an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Chapel Society, which all members are urged to attend.

Sunday 8 October: No morning service. EVENING SERVICE at 6 pm. Martin Luther: A Conservative Revolutionary. Chapel member Gavin Lloyd will lead reflections on the life and work of Martin Luther, who nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg on 31 October 1517, five hundred years ago this month.

Sunday 15 October: Faith and Photography. Chapel member Dr Howard Oliver will introduce us to Francis Frith, a 19th-century Quaker photographer who popularised images of a wide range of religious locations. Howard will display samples of Friths three-dimensional Bible-lands photos, plus an image of our own Chapel, taken in 1895. After the service: the Chapel Society Committee meets from 1 pm to 3.30 pm.

Sunday 22 October: Jews and Christians in Partnership.This service, led by Revd Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths, celebrates the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the Council of Christians and Jews. Marcus is a former Director of the CCJ. After the service: Chapel Walkers ramble. All welcome; bring sandwiches and a poem to read.

Sunday 29 October: Anniversary Service. Revd Peter Hewis, Emeritus Chaplain of Harris Manchester College, will lead a service to celebrate the 128th anniversary of our congregation, entitled The Long Journey. Peter writes:The stories of the College, the Chapel Society, and our lives are all part of a long journey and the journey continues. There will be a special collection for the Manchester Academy Trust, helping to fund ministerial training and the upkeep of the chapel. Afterwards in the Wellbeloved Room: an informal entertainment and bring and share lunch (please bring contributions such as quiche, salad, fruit, and cake).