Welcome to OCSG

The Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth (OCSG) offers a variety of approaches and events that will appeal to a wide range of people, encouraging growth in reflective practice and heightened awareness of God, others and themselves.

Our iconic image shows Christ (on the right) with a friendly hand on the shoulder of Abbot Mena.  It comes from an 8th Century painting on wood, found at the remains of the Monastery of Bawit in Middle Egypt.  It is held at the Louvre, in the Dept of Egyptian Antiquities.

OCSG is based in the Tower Room in The Church of St Michael at the North Gate, a room at the base of the Tower, which is reputed to be the oldest building in Oxford.  It was from St Michael's tower that in 1555, Archbishop Cranmer, who was later to receive the same treatment, watched Bishops Ridley and Latimer burn to death. Their execution took place outside the medieval city walls in what is now Broad Street.

But now, the Tower Room is a peaceful, prayerful place in the heart of the city.  Read more about us »

A summary of our forthcoming events is given below, together with a record of past events we have held. For more information (such as event times etc), and to register your interest, or to download a booking form, please click the event name.

To see recordings of past events, click here: [ Recorded Events

OCSG exchanges ideas and collaborates with the Meditatio Centre in London, whose 2018 Programme of Events is linked here
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Forthcoming Events

Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 20 Oct 2018
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Cost: 35.00

We are pleased to announce a Reflective Study Day entitled

The Song of Songs
Set me as seal upon your heart:
Wisdom’s Song of Love through Word, Music and Silence
led by
Revd Graeme Watson

The Study Day will be held
on Saturday 20th October 2018, 10.00am – 4.00pm
at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, by courtesy of
Professor Valentine Cunningham.

There will be space for further personal reflection and a chance to enjoy the College grounds, weather permitting.

Coffee, tea etc provided; please bring a packed lunch.

Please register online or contact us by email or phone for this event 

        [ Poster ]     [ Info sheet/Booking form ]



Venue: Wolfson College, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
Date(s): 25 Oct 2018
Time: 5.30 with Talk at 7.00pm
Cost: £20 / conc


We are delighted to announce that Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, has kindly accepted our invitation to come to talk to us in Oxford on the evening of 25th October 2018.

Fr Laurence is the Founder of World Community for Christian Meditation, now present in more than a hundred countries and which has become a 'monastery without walls', in which he travels and teaches widely.

The event will be held in The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD.

Registration is essential.  [ Poster ]  [ Booking Form/Info sheet ]

Laurence Freeman will also be participating in the
John Main Seminar in Bruges 17 - 25 Sept 2018

Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
for dates, titles and speakers please see poster
Time: 12.30
Cost: free

Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’, Michaelmas Term 2018
A new series of Thursday lunchtime talks at St Giles’ for Michaelmas Term is entitled 'My Top Ten'.
The talks are held on conscecutive Thursdays in term time, and begin at 12.30pm on Thursday, 11th October 2018.
These talks are now organised by the Clergy of St Margaret's and St Giles'.

The series starts with a talk entitled Auden, the Psalms and Me given by J Chester Johnson (Poet, Essayist and Translator). 
Subsequent speakers include Bishop Steven Croft, Rana Mitter (Directer of OU China Centre) and Richard J Ounsworth OP (Lecturer in Scripture at Blackfriars)...
For further details please see [ Poster ].
Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.

Previous events

Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Date(s): 20 May 2018
Venue: Corpus Christi College
Date(s): 24 Mar 2018

Earlier events can be found on our Events Page