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  1. 1. WYCLIFFE HALL OXFORDNewsletter MICHAELMAS TERM 2007/8IN THIS ISSUEPrincipal’s Letter .......................................2 Anglican Consultation ................... 6, 7 & 82007/08 Missions .....................................3 Student Common Room ...........................9New Staff ..................................................4 Development ..........................................11
  2. 2. Principal’s Letter Dear Friends, It is not that the ordained have the sole responsibility – indeed not, evangelism is the responsibility of the whole My heart is always stirred by stories people of God. However, unless the ordained leaders of of conversion. The most glorious congregations both advocate and model the practice of is, of course, that of Paul, related evangelism, the local church will quickly lose its passion to us three times in that wonderful for seeing new converts to Jesus. So I do have some hard Book of Acts. However, from questions for those of us who are the ordained leaders Augustine of Hippo to Martin Luther of local congregations. How many people have come to to the heroes of the Evangelical Christ in your parishes in the last year? What place does Revival, the Lord has acted in evangelism have in the parish vision? What advocacy for the conversion of the heart. As a evangelism is there? Do you model evangelism yourself?historian of the Revival, it is from there that I find myself What training is given?inspired beyond description by John Wesley (“my heartwas strangely warmed and I knew that my sins, even mine, What role then can we play in a theological college? First,were forgiven”), John Newton (“amazing grace, how sweet we can ensure that candidates meet the basic criteriathe sound, that saved a wretch like me”), Charles Simeon set out in the four bullet points above. Second, we can(“hallelujah, hallelujah, Jesus Christ is risen today”), to the ensure that we provide a whole range of opportunitiescountless ordinary men and women who came under the for mission and evangelism and placements, at home andsaving grace of the gospel. I feel a book coming on! overseas, in parish and other settings, that give candidates exposure in practice. Third, we can model prayer, regularConversion and evangelism are closely connected. When intercession for those who do not know Jesus, testimonywe talk about mission and the whole range of holistic, – feedback from examples of the Lord’s work in the heartsevangelistic and pastoral issues that flow from that, it is of individuals – and give thanks to him.essential that we do not lose sight of the essential natureof evangelism. What is the purpose of evangelism? Surely In all my own years and experience of parish ministry,to make Christ known and to enable others to come into a there is no greater joy than seeing people come to knowsaving relationship with him. In other words, conversion. Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. No greater joy!What are the prerequisites to evangelism, perhaps the With my love and prayers,particular things that an individual (even, perhaps acandidate for ordination) might need to be equipped with? ❖ A heart of compassion for the lost ❖ Understanding the gospel ❖ Ability to articulate the gospel succinctly Revd Dr Richard Turnbull ❖ Capability to lead a person to Christ PrincipalContact Us Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PW T 01865 274200 F 01865 274215 E enquiries@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk W www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk Admissions Martin Spence Friends of Wycliffe Hall Mark Tindall Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics Katie Law Telephone 01865 274205 Telephone 01865 284876 Telephone 01865 292933 E-mail admissions@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk E-mail friends@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk E-mail admin@theocca.org Development Office Mark Tindall Library Chris Leftley Summer School Mark Tindall Telephone 01865 284876 Telephone 01865 274204 Telephone 01865 284876 E-mail development@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk E-mail library@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk E-mail summer.school@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk DBTS Molly Spence Newsletter Mark Tindall Telephone 01865 274212 E-mail newsletter@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk E-mail dbts@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk Designed by Holywell Press Ltd www.holywellpress.com2 newsletter michaelmas 2007/8
  3. 3. Student Missions 2007 – 08The following are brief descriptions of the missions so far mission. They will be leading, preaching and speaking atconfirmed for the current academic year: a wide variety of events in the run up to Easter, from the evangelistically social to Holy Week services.Bath15 – 23 March 2008 OxfordWorking with St Saviour’s Church, Larkhall, near Bath, All year rounda team of up to 10 students will be involved in a parish- Mission in Oxford University is a college-wide ministrywide mission, during Holy Week. The team will be and involves outreach in many forms to the wider studentinvolved in the practicalities and leadership of events and body throughout the academic year. Wycliffe membersservices enabling the local community to make their own are involved in a wide range of University pursuits, fromjourney towards the Christian climax of Easter Day itself. sports to quizzing, from Chaplaincy work to the Graduate Christian Union, all giving opportunity to be involved inBirmingham the lives of those students who don’t yet know Jesus.Easter 2008 Specifically, some students get involved with theA team of up to 12 students will spend a challenging week Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union (OICCU),living as part of the Betel community in Birmingham, www.oiccu.org.uk, which hosts a series of specifica christian rehabilitation ministry for ex-addicts (drugs and evangelistic events each year.alcohol). They will be involved in the normal communityroutine each day, sharing themselves and the Gospel with Southboroughthe community members they work, rest, worship and play 17 – 22 March 2008alongside that week. Working with four churches, up to 8 students will be working in a wide range of church and evangelistic events.France Ideas for evangelistic events include a Men’s Golf Day,17 – 22 March 2008 Dialogue Suppers and school assemblies. Students willUp to 10 students will be visiting Mantes, 50 km west also be involved in the Sunday services of this team ofof Paris, and the largest Urban Priority Area in Europe. churches.There is a large immigrant population (many of whomare Muslim) and the team will be engaging with the local Ugandacommunity in a variety of ways, from church services to 2 – 12 December 2007practical service, youth work to evangelistic events, all Since 2004, Wycliffe Hall has been working in partnershipleading up to a big Easter celebration. with the Diocese of Kumi, Uganda. Each year a group of students take part in the Diocesan Mission, preaching inMid-Trent schools, churches, youth clubs and at public evangelistic17 – 22 March 2008 events. Many thousands of people have made aThe team will work with a benefice of ten churches in commitment to Christ through this fruitful partnership,Staffordshire, in the Diocese of Lichfield. Students will and there is continued opportunity for a student team toundertake the challenge of flexibility and ministry in this contribute significantly to the mission work. Uganda Missionwww.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 3
  4. 4. New StaffIn recent memory Wycliffe has consistently been blessed effectively proclaimed. My main teaching responsibilitieswith some great staff members; so it is good to sense the are to contribute to courses like church history, doctrine,quality of those whom God has brought together into our Anglicanism and liturgy. I especially love learning fromstaff team. the example of faithful Christian believers in previous generations. They challenge and encourage us by theirFrom this September, there has effectively been a full passionate love for Jesus, their bold vision of what God iscomplement of tutors (roughly the equivalent of 10 full- doing, and their unshakeable confidence in the power oftime staff positions for a student body of 150). Between the gospel to transform lives.”them they bring experience of over 75 years of academicteaching and 70 years of parochial ministry. Revd Will DonaldsonOn the academic side they have completed doctoral – Director of Christianresearch in the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, LeadershipPatristics, Doctrine, Reformation and 19th Century Churchhistory (x 2!). On the ministerial side they have experience “I have been appointedof working in a wide range of contexts: town and rural, onto the Seniornorth and south, UPA and overseas, Anglican, Baptist and Management Team asDutch Reformed. Of those in Anglican ministry, two trained Director of Christianat Crammer, 1 at Ridley, 1 at Oakhill, and 3 at a place Leadership. This means thatcalled Wycliffe! I head up the Ministry and Mission Team, responsibleThis full-time team is complemented by several others who for practical and spiritualare involved in the Hall on a part-time basis. New this term preparation for ministry.is Dr Cathy Ross (J V Taylor Fellow in Missiology), who is My particular area ofgiving the core teaching on mission for both our first- and teaching is ‘Leadership andfinal-year students. Simon Walker continues his much Ministry’, looking at theappreciated weekly course on Spiritual Transformation for skills of running a local church, and how you can mobilizeLeaders. Claire Page takes students through their paces it for mission. It is vital that we train future leaders to helpteaching speech and communications skills. Andrew move churches from ‘Maintenance’ to ‘Mission’, and toBaughen visits us regularly to help our pioneer ordinands allow the Gospel to have its impact on individuals andand to lead the week on Church Planting. society. Weekly and summer placements also give hands- on parish experience, as will the yearly missions. I’m hereThe teaching team is complemented by a support staff on the staff at Wycliffe with 25 years of Parish experienceteam of at least 13 members, with skills in administration, to get the students excited about the joys and challenges oflibrarianship, computers, marketing, domestic and financial Church Leadership!”management. When we include those involved with theSCIO & OCCA programmes, the total number of staffclimbs to 30! This contrasts with ten years ago when the Revd Dr Liz Hoare –total staff would have been around 12 or 13, so things Tutor in Prayer, Spiritualityhave clearly been developing quite fast at Wycliffe in and Mission.recent years. “I am delighted to have been appointed toWe would like to introduce you to some of our new my dream job here attutorial staff: Wycliffe. It combines my Revd Dr Andrew two passions, which are Atherstone – Tutor in accompanying individuals History & Doctrine and in their explorations Latimer Fellow. of prayer and teaching spirituality. The Christian “It is great to be part of tradition is a rich treasure the Wycliffe team. I am house of spiritual wisdom passionate about helping stretching down the centuries and across many cultures to train men and women as different people have encountered God in Christ Jesus. for ministry in the local It offers today’s Christians resources for living out their church as pastors, Bible faith in ways which will ground them deeply in God. I am teachers and evangelists, looking forward to exploring some of these riches with so that the Good News of Wycliffe’s students.” Jesus Christ is joyfully and4 newsletter michaelmas 2007/8
  5. 5. Revd Dr Simon Vibert and that it will provide ongoing stimulus and resources for – Vice Principal and Gospel ministers in our country. After 18 years in parish Director of the School ministry, where the building up of a local congregation of Preaching. through Bible exposition has been my main strategy, I feel privileged to be in a position to help train future ministers “I am Vice Principal and in this ministry.” Director of the School of Preaching. The latter We also welcome the following new members of our role carries the especially support staff: exciting vision of integrating preaching into Nargiza Jedwab Ministry & Mission Administrator every part of the training of ministerial candidates. Vince O’Connor Academic Administrator I hope that in due course Martin Spence Admissions Officer the Preaching Schoolwill become a national and international resource for Molly Spence DBTS Course Managerexpository preachers; a place to hear some of the best Biblecommunicators around the world; somewhere for those who Adrian Stark-Ordish Receptionist / Administrationare involved in training preachers to be further equipped; Assistant Wycliffe Hall Staff 2007/8 IN THE STEPS OF SAINT PAUL An Illustrated Guide to Paul’s Journeys Peter Walker (Lion Hudson March 2008) Designed as a sequel to In the Steps of Jesus (Lion 2007), which traced 14 places from Luke’s Gospel, this book takes the reader through 14 places associated with Paul in the Book of Acts – from Damascus to Rome. Each chapter describes Paul’s activities there and then gives details as to what can be seen by visitors to that site today. With colour photos throughout, and with numerous boxes and key dates in each chapter, the book should give everything that is needed for people wanting to imagine Paul’s journeys and understand his ministry in its original context. It also contains some radical new ideas on the dating of Paul’s letters. Available from bookstores or directly from Lion Hudson (www.lionhudson.com).www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 5
  6. 6. Anglican Consultation 2007‘A week is a long time in politics’ – and also in the graduate ministering in the Hague, and Canon AmbroseAnglican Communion right now. Things continue to move Mason). We were especially pleased that some of thosevery fast, and by the time you read this, things may look who work in the Anglican Communion Office and invery different to how they looked when this article was Lambeth Palace were able to join us, and indeed two offirst drafted (mid-September). For September 30th was the the Primates: Archbishop Drexel Gomez (West Indies),date, set at the Tanzanian Primates meeting in February, the Chairman of the Covenant Design Group, who spokeby which the Episcopal church in the United Sates was powerfully and articulately of the need for the Covenant;to give its considered response to the Primates: will TEC and Bishop Mouneer Anis (Bishop of Egypt and Presidingaccept the judgments of the Windsor Report? And if it does Bishop of the province of Jerusalem and the Middle East),not, who will decide that it has not complied, and what who gave a powerful address on Joshua and the renewal ofwill be the consequences? Initial indications suggest that the covenant in Joshua 24 at the final Communion service.the central Anglican authorities consider TEC’s response to Unfortunately another Primate, Archbishop John Chewbe adequate (complying with Windsor and the Tanzania (Singapore), was unable to be with us, but he had givenrequests), but that in the opinion of many this is patently us key advice at the planning stage—to keep the missionnot the case, leaving the door wide open for further focused on the ‘first world’ (rather than trying to speak tosplintering of the Communion. or for the Global South). Wycliffe’s normal premises, of course, could not cope withThe International Delegates this number of delegates, so the plenary lectures were heldThis unknown future was the context for the consultation across the road in St Antony’s College, lunches were servedheld at Wycliffe in the first week of July. Hosted jointly in a marquee on the back lawn, and the final dinner wasby Wycliffe and the Anglican Communion Institute, the held in the 17th century hall of Wadham College. With thegoal was to bring together orthodox Anglican theologians college also being used that week by our SCIO students, itand clergy to look at two vital issues of the moment: the was a logistical nightmare to plan, but in the end thankfullyproposed ‘Communion Covenant’ and ‘Mission in the First all went well!World’. Around 120 delegates accepted our invitation.The majority were from the UK and North America, but The Two ‘Tracks’: Covenant and Missionthere was a notable contingent of delegates from Australia Delegates were allocated to one of the two ‘tracks’,and New Zealand. Other guests included Bishop Andudu meeting in their own plenary sessions, and in smallKuku (Sudan), Bishop Gideon Githiga (Kenya), Bishop Bill discussion and task groups. In addition, there were twoGodfrey (Peru) and Bishop Ben Kwashi (Nigeria) pictured full plenaries each day for all delegates, where those onbelow in his traditional dress. one track could receive appropriate input from those on the other track. It took about 24 hours for delegates toWith the focus on the ‘first world’, it was good to have get the hang of this (!), but once they sensed the shape ofsome delegates with active or recent experience of the programme, they began to appreciate what we wereContinental Europe (such as Rosie Dymond, a Wycliffe trying to do: to see how these two quite different themes6 newsletter michaelmas 2007/8
  7. 7. and concerns need to be held together. For a mere focuson the Anglican Covenant could be very inward-looking(just ‘intra-ecclesiastical’ politics); by contrast a mere focuson Mission, whilst no doubt very noble in its outward-looking focus and its appropriate attention to the varietyof contexts, could be in danger of pulling the churchin mutually contradictory directions. Put into terms oftemperaments, the “hot-heads” and the “cool-heads” mightactually need each other; or, if that analogy causes moretrouble than its worth, perhaps one could speak of the‘politicians’ and the ‘pragmatists’. This was precisely themix of skills and temperaments that we wanted to bringtogether - to meet, listen and pray.The Covenant track was chaired by the Bishop ofWinchester, Michael Scott-Joynt. It focused on looking atthe covenant’s background, rationale and purpose as wellas the detailed wording of the current draft text. Throughstimulating papers and lively small group discussionmuch was learned and will be contributed to the ongoingcovenant process. One particularly powerful insightwas the recognition that for the covenant to progressthere needs to be a strong and representative Lambethconference and for that to happen there needed to be aproper and adequate response to TEC after it responded tothe Primates in September.Although there were many concerns and anxieties – willthe covenant prove ‘too little, too late’ and unable to shared their personal, and often sacrificial, journeys ofhold together already fractured groupings? – there was missional discipleship. One delegate, who has attendedalso much excitement that the Covenant is a valuable numerous previous gatherings discussing Anglican mission,and necessary development worth pursuing and shaping commented on how different this gathering was in it’s clearas much as possible. It offers the opportunity of filling a agreement at the outset about what “mission” actuallymajor lacuna in our common life as a global Communion meant - bringing people under the personal rule of Christ.and building mutual accountability between bishops and Both groups summarized their findings and reported backprovinces into our structures in new ways. In addition, to the other. There was deliberately no attempt to drawthere was a strong sense that more work needed to be up a unified Communiqué at the end of such a wide-done on the current draft to emphasise the covenant’s ranging consultation, but the insights and concerns weremissional foundation and goal. immediately fed in to other channels (e.g., the CovenantThe Mission track (chaired by Graham Cray, suffragan Design Group, the Lambeth Conference Design GroupBishop of Maidstone in the Diocese of Canterbury) heard etc). Various private letters were sent to those in thefrom practitioners involved in mission in a wide variety of Communion’s leadership and several delegates went oncontexts: Europe, New Zealand, United States, inner-city directly to York’s General Synod, where approval was givenManchester, etc. We heard about the different effects of to proceed further with the Covenant Process.Alpha in quite different locations. Graham himself spokeout of his own pioneering work on Missional Discipleship Final Reflectionsand on the challenges of encouraging life-long discipleship As for the effect of the gathering, who can tell? Thewhich begins with ethics and forms Christ-like character intention was never to cause great political shockwavesin contemporary contexts. With participants from many through making grand statements, but rather to providedifferent cultures and contexts, the Mission track placed a safe place where people could turn off their mobilea clear emphasis on the need for inculturation in mission, phones and internet connections and actually come asidewhile continuing to give witness to the (covenanted) unity to meet each other, to listen to each other, and to listenwhich is at the heart of the Trinitarian faith proclaimed. to God (helped by daily times of worship and expositionProposals were made for greater sharing of resources in of Ephesians 1-3). We were praying for the Holy Spiritmission and especially for an effective use of the gifts to draw us together, being present amongst us, and forand skills that women and laity bring to the mission of Christ to refresh his people in his service. And we werethe church. Several speakers dealt with the challenging deliberately bringing people with a range of theologicalsociological and psychological context of the Global North and ecclesiastical perspectives together, even if under theand of the need for continued research and reflection umbrella of a generous orthodoxy, to give space for fruitfulof effective mission in this context. Other contributors interaction. One delegate wrote that the consultationwww.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 7
  8. 8. Anglican Consultation 2007 continuedwas quite simply “excellent – Wycliffe Hall at its best: reflective space where the more unseen, but perhaps morewell conceived, well executed, very stimulating – highly important, things could be pursued: listening, rebuildingprofessional”. relationships away from the press limelight, pausing to pray in the midst of the Communion’s convulsions, and lookingSo a big thank you to my colleagues Andrew Goddard together into the future realistically but also hopefully.(Wycliffe and Fellow of ACI) and Mark Oxbrow Those focused on Mission came to see how much they(International Mission Director at CMS) who designed also needed a cohesive platform from which to speakand operated the Covenant and Mission track respectively; (as offered in the Covenant); meanwhile those focusedto Elizabeth Baker (the Consultation’s Manager); to Lyn on the Covenant came to see how such ecclesiasticalBoyce and her team for the domestic arrangements; commitments are always in danger of become static andto John Martin (our Press officer); all of whom in their stultified if the Church loses its sense of Mission: we aredifferent ways did so much to make this Consultation a brought into Christ’s people but for the sake of the world;reality. It was perhaps not quite as ambitious a project as we must go both inwards into Christ but also outwards,Wycliffe’s consultation in July 2002 (which also included out to the world.a conference open to the public held at St Aldates), but itmay ultimately have been the more significant of the two. REVD DR PETER WALKER Director of External RelationsFor, if the 2002 event brought Wycliffe publicly andsuddenly into the issues facing the wider Communion(for example, leading to the publication of True Union in Session papers are available to view and download atthe Body?), this time we were able to offer a quieter more www.wycliffehall.org.uk/anglican. IN THE STEPS OF SAINT PAUL A Tour for the Friends of Wycliffe Hall Around the Aegean From Athens to Ephesus 28 March – 11 April 2008 A unique opportunity to spend a week in Greece and then a week in Turkey exploring the many sites familiar to us from the New Testament: Athens, Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Ephesus, Colossae, and Miletus (as well as 6 of the churches of Revelation). This is both a holiday and a study tour: travelling with fellow Christians, enjoying daily prayers and talks based on the Book of Acts, and hearing the message of Paul’s letters in the very places to which he wrote them. For full colour brochure, please contact Andy Webster at McCabe Travel (www.mccabe-travel.co.uk: 0208-675-6828).8 newsletter michaelmas 2007/8
  9. 9. Student Common RoomThe corridors are once again a-buzz, the lecture room is We are called to Wycliffe to be trained and equipped forfilled: a new academic year at Wycliffe Hall has begun. the future, but also to be involved in what God is doing inOver the summer months, many returning students Oxford, this nation, and the world.occupied themselves with placements in churches acrossthe globe, from Canada to Malaysia, New York City to Looking ahead to December, a group of Wycliffe studentsLondon. Students and their families also had time for a will once again travel to Uganda to serve and encouragebit of rest and relaxation, and now we are back, recharged the church there, and to speak the message of the gospel toand refreshed! those who do not yet know Jesus. What a privilege it is for us to be participants in how God is transforming the livesThe Wycliffe community is also bolstered by the arrival of people in Africa.of new students. This term, Wycliffe welcomes 37 newordinands for training, several new independent theology Throughout this term and next, Wycliffe will also sendstudents, 4 new undergraduates, and 13 fresh faces in the students out on mission trips to Paris, Birmingham andOxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) program, Bath. As we are stretched and challenged by theseall of whom form a vital part of our community. As we experiences, God will refine and shape us to be theget to know one another over lunches in the dining room, ministers he has called us to be—both now and for theorientation week programmes, and socials in the pub, and future. What an exciting time it is!as we worship together in chapel services and a weeklyEucharist, we anticipate many new friendships that will be As we look to the year ahead, we feel great anticipationforged and strengthened over the coming weeks and years. about what our God will do in and through us, both in theThis autumn, during Michaelmas Term, we will not only college and in the wider world.get academically stuck-in to biblical studies, doctrine, PAT CONLEYhermeneutics, apologetics and spiritual formation courses, Student Common Room Presidentbut also prepare for and participate in upcoming missionopportunities. Our training for future ministry is dependent JULIE ALDRICHupon being active in mission during the present. Student Common Room President-Elect Student Profile – Janet Taft Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, I grew up with 3 brothers in a family where the only god worshipped was football. Saturday evenings were either times of celebration or melancholy depending on whether ‘the Reds’ – Manchester United – had won or lost that day. My geography of England was learnt not from books, but from travelling to away games! I became a Christian aged 17, when on questioning the meaning, or to be more exact, the point of life, I was invited to hear a speaker in the centre of town. I remember nothing about what was said (!), but on the way out was handed a leaflet, “Journey into Life” by Norman Warren. On reading it I discovered not only the answers to the questions I was asking, but it also spoke of a relationship I could have with God himself through Jesus Christ. Knowing I wanted this more than anything else, I committed my life to Him. On meeting Christians through the local church, I remember my frustration, as I wondered why I’d never known such people existed before! The challenge to be a bold and effective witness has remained with me ever since. After studying at Sheffield University where I met my husband Chris, I taught English at a large comprehensive school, becoming joint head of 5th Year. Not always easy, it was nevertheless a great way to hone pastoral gifts! After our 2 children – Laura now 21 and Simon 19 – were born, we lived for 3 years in Asia, returning to Abingdon which is where we now live. Currently in my second year at Wycliffe, I look forward to whatever God has in store for the next chapter of my life, knowing that the one who has called me is faithful and He will do it!www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 9
  10. 10. Oxford Centre for Christian ApologeticsOCCA Business CourseEight weeks, five days a week – 40 days. If you are the For myself, since returning to my busy role as Principal of aSon of God, 40 days is long enough to defeat the devil and large Christian school (1300 students, 170 staff) on the Goldprepare for your mission as Messiah. Coast, in Australia, I have found many, many opportunities to share with others what I learnt. I enrolled for the courseIf you are just an ordinary Christian pilgrim, taking time with some very specific personal and spiritual goals. I amout from your normal working life, it is long enough to re- pleased to say that these were all met. I have told manyinvigorate your spirit, refresh your en-theos-iasm, re-kindle people since returning, that I felt that I put down very deepyour love of the Bible, and set down deep roots of faith and roots of faith in my time away.love. At least it was so for me, my wife, and my colleagueswho enjoyed the OCCA course in the summer of 2007. School teachers, Principals (two from Australia), accountants, business people and investment brokersWhat deeply engaged us was sharing in the worship (from USA) constituted our group of pilgrims whoand community life of Wycliffe Hall, and the quality of wended their way to Oxford, mimicking Chaucer’s motleyteaching, both from our core lecturers and from the many band in his Canterbury Tales. For people who live theiroccasional lecturers who shared their love of the Saviour ordinary working lives without the constancy of deepand his Word with us. Biblical teaching and daily corporate worship, the OCCA experience was a time to radically rebuild our lives,Our group was privileged and blessed to receive many and to find again the pure and inexplicable joy of beingsessions with deep Bible teachers such as John Lennox, with Jesus.Alister McGrath, Michael Ramsden, as well as up to fortydifferent speakers drawn from a wide variety of fields. Each I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone – unless they were tiredweek, our group members said to each other, “It can’t get of being who they are, wanting to dig more deeply intoany better than this!” But then, next week, it did! God, and looking for ways to invest the rest of their lives. For all those who formed part of our spiritual pilgrimage,Sharing amongst members of our group, social times, prayer thank you, on behalf of all of our class. We pray God’sfor each other, appreciating the life of regular students at richest blessings upon you all.Wycliffe and getting to know the faculty were very rich andcherished opportunities. GRAHAM LEO Student Profile – Tyler Slade Growing up, I was always a happy-go-lucky kid, and although I could quite possibly have been part of the reason that “Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder” was finally acknowledged to be a real disease in the early 90’s, I always seemed to do ok in school and to get along with the other kids on the playground. This blissful aimlessness seemed to follow me all the way through to my university years. It really was not until New Year’s Eve of my third year of college, when my long time girlfriend demanded to know what I was planning to do with my life (as long time girlfriends are prone to do) that I realized that, although I had many hopes and dreams, I really had no idea what I was meant to do with my life. And so, as I went to bed, I turned to Jesus for the first time in my life and asked Him if He had a plan for me. That night my Creator spoke to me as clearly as I’ve ever been spoken to, telling me not what I might think about doing with my life, but who I actually am and am meant to be. In short, the Lord called me to be a minister of His gospel, and although I had absolutely no idea at that time where such a calling would lead me (nor what it would cost), my entire life suddenly made sense. I had had a thousand different dreams about how I might use my gifts of singing, public speaking and counseling, but when God finally took me by the hand and revealed His reason and plan for my life, my true and lasting purpose was revealed. Ever since that wondrous night I have been chasing after God and His purpose both high and low and everywhere in between: from brief stints at monasteries and on the mission field, to a few years of service to the homeless and broken people in New York City, and now as a Seminarian here at Wycliffe Hall. I am not quite sure yet what the future holds, but at least I am blessed to know my life’s purpose and ambition: to be a son of God and to live a life of vibrant union with Jesus, that I might be a light to a lost and broken world.10 newsletter michaelmas 2007/8
  11. 11. DevelopmentNew Library FurnitureA BIG thank you to everyone who generously responded to Thank you also to those you who sent gifts for new booksour appeal in the last newsletter. for the library. Your generosity has helped us continue to provide our students with the up-to-date books they needWe raised the required amount for our librarian Chris for their research.Leftley to purchase a new suite of desks and chairs for thelibrary, helping to improve the library environment for ourstudents’ studies.MissionThroughout this newsletter you have read of the variousforms of mission that the Wycliffe Hall community areinvolved in. These range from hospital, prison and parishplacements to weekend and weeklong missions.In addition to these UK missions, Wycliffe students arealso involved in one or two missions abroad each year.To enable our students to participate in these missionpartnerships Wycliffe Hall provides student expenses andmission costs. On average a weeklong mission in theUK will range from £400 - £500, with a mission abroadcosting up to £5000. Our total annual budget for missionis £21 000.We invite you to help support our student 2007/08missions by sending your donation, using the responseform and pre-paid envelope enclosed with thisnewsletter or by visiting our website atwww.wycliffehall.org.uk/donate Uganda MissionThank you. Donations in the United States For a tax deductible receipt with your gift please send to: Excelsis PO Box 540026 Orlando, FL 32854 Excelsis is a 501(c)3 registered charity. Alternately your can donate online at www.wycliffehall.org.uk/donatewww.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 11
  12. 12. WYCLIFFE HALL OXFORD SUMMER SCHOOL 6 – 12 July 2008Register online www.wycliffehall.org.uk/summerschool

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