Ascension Day 2019

Chapel Community

The Chapel serves a thriving community, both in its worship and in events held throughout the term. Activities organised by the Chapel include discussion groups, countryside walks, pub nights, talks and trips. For full details of this term's events, please consult the Chapel Card. To join the Chapel mailing list, which receives weekly emails in term time, please contact the Associate Chaplain, Melanie Marshall.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Book group

The book group meets on Tuesdays from 1st to 8th Week each term. The group brings students and staff from across the College together to discuss a new book each term. In Michaelmas Term 2020 we read Hannah Fry’s book Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine.

Merton Faith Forum

A relaxed and open space in which to discuss issues of faith, doubt, unbelief, and everything in between. Perhaps you are someone who never thought about faith or deeper questions of life, purpose, or spirituality before, or maybe you are someone raised in a deeply religious household. Wherever you find yourself, if you would be interested in getting together with others to think about what faith might look like in our world today, this group is for you. All are welcome. Let Melanie Marshall know if you are interested.

Merton Conversations in Faith and Culture
Padraig O Tuama

Each year, the Chapel organises a number of talks as part of the ongoing series, Merton Conversations in Faith and Culture. These talks seek to foster dialogue about life's biggest issues and questions by providing an opportunity for people to engage with leading experts in a relaxed environment. At our most recent talk, in Hilary Term 2019, Dr Michael Burdett (University of Nottingham) spoke on the topic: 'Being Human in an Age of Technology: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence'.

Other speakers have included Pádraig Ó Tuama, on poetry as prayer; Revd Dr Christina Beardsley, talking about her life as a trans woman and priest; author, theologian and human rights activist, Revd Dr Timothy Radcliffe OP, asking 'The Holiness of the Body'; Revd Professor Alistair McGrath, speaking on 'Science and Faith: Exploring a Complex Relationship'; and Dr Jonathan Jong (Oxford University Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology) on 'Is there such a thing as a good death?'.

  • Videos of past talks can be found on Merton's Vimeo page.