Church numbers

On publication of the annual Statistics for Mission, Bishop Steven reflects that there remains a huge appetite to learn and explore the Christian faith. The sheer number of courses run by churches is a sign of how much people want to explore the big questions about the meaning and purpose of life.  According to the […]

The crown of thorns

Father Jean Marc Fournier is chaplain to the Paris Fire Brigade. On Monday evening, Abbe Fournier led the successful attempt to rescue the precious objects from the burning Cathedral of Notre Dame. Among them was the crown of thorns, the…

The Wisdom of Puddleglum

Who is your favourite character from Narnia?  For those under 30, the Narnia chronicles are children’s books penned by CS Lewis, a kind of forerunner to Game of Thrones with much less blood and sex.  My favourite is Puddleglum the Marsh…

Dr Philip Salmon from Oxford's Newman Meeting Place project

Dr Philip Salmon is a parliamentary historian by trade who is involved in a scheme to renew John Henry Newman's historic vision for St Mary and St Nicolas Church in Littlemore to provide a community space in one of Oxford's poorest communities. Bishop Steven visited the church to talk to Philip about the scheme.

Tony Wilson, Diocesan Director of Education

Tony Wilson became our new Diocesan Director of Education, leading a team that supports 283 Church of England Schools across the Thames Valley region, in January. As he approaches the end of his first term in his exciting new role, Tony chats to Bishop Steven about the challenges and opportunities in the education sector. 

Mary Gurr, Oxford Winter Night Shelter

The Oxford Winter Night Shelter is going from strength to strength providing warmth and a safe place to sleep for some of the city's growing numbers of rough sleepers during the coldest nights of the year. Bishop Steven spoke to the Revd Mary Gurr, Oxford's chaplain to the homeless, as volunteers were setting the shelter up for the night. 

Erika Biscoe, Cherish Nail Bar

Nail technician turned pioneer minister, the Revd Erika Biscoe tells Bishop Steven about a powerful initiative to help girls with their self-esteem.

Tina Molyneux, discipleship enabler

The Revd Tina Molyneux is spearheading a scheme that is transforming people's faith journeys across the Diocese of Oxford. She tells Bishop Steven about her own life and her work as our new discipleship enabler. 

Nick Shepherd, Setting God's People Free

Setting God’s People Free for… Monday to Saturday offers seven small shifts that will make a big difference to the way we worship, pray and support each other in our everyday faith. Nick Shepherd, program director, chats to Bishop Steven about #everydayfaith