Sunday in Chapel
Join us for Choral Evensong, sung by the Chapel Choir each Sunday. The services are open to all college members and staff, families and friends as well as members of the public.
20/20 Seeing Clearly – prophecy, poetry, history, science.
Prophets, poets, historiansand scientists all claim special insight into the true nature of reality, based on close observation and finely tuned attentiveness to their objects of enquiry. We hope to come to the end of term with our own vision sharpened, and a more acute sense of what seeing clearly in our own disciplines and lives could mean.
3rd wk: 2 February - Through a Glass Brightly: Light, Lenses and God at Wadham
17th-century Wadham was a hotbed of scientific enquiry, using microscopes and telescopes amongst other apparatus. The informal circle of scientific gentlemen gathered around Warden Wilkins (1648-59) included Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, and grew into the Royal Society. On the feast of Candlemas, Wadham’s own Allan Chapman, an historian of science, will discuss the contributions of Wilkins and his circle to natural history and natural theology, and their happy blend of science, reason, friendship, and Christian faith.
4th wk: 9 Feb, 5.30 pm - Intercollegiate Evensong – at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin
This year Wadham’s choir will participate in the annual Intercollegiate Evensong at the University Church, and all are encouraged to join the amassed congregation from across the colleges: please note the earlier time of 5.30. There will be no evening service in College on this Sunday. His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, will preach.
5th wk: 16 February - Oh boy, do we see race/gender
Jonathan Jong will help us explore questions of explicit bias in our seeing. Jonathan is Deputy Director of the Belief, Brain & Behaviour research group at Coventry University, and Research Coordinator at the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford. His current research centres on the psychology of religion and the philosophical issues associated with the scientific study of religion, and he serves as Associate Priest at St Mary Magdalen in Oxford.
6th wk: 23 February - Seeing Gender in History
Senior Chapel Warden and Chaplaincy Assistant Samson Dittrich is also a finalist in Modern History, specialising in gender and sexuality studies. Drawing on his archival research into the Weimar-era Institut für Sexual wissenschaft (1919-1933), he will discuss Berlin’s rich history of gender non-conformity and queer culture, how studying past conceptions of sexuality and gender has helped him come to terms with his own identity as a queer trans man, and how seeing the past more clearly can help us become better allies to LGBTQ+ people in the present.