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 2019 Programme of Events is linked here
 
Forthcoming/Recent events and publications by others that may be of interest:
'Turned by Divine Love' by John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick,  Launch: St Mary's Church, Bloxham, OX15 4ET, Friday, 29 March, 2019. 7.30 - 9pm.
 
Links to [ other sites we support ]       [ Data Protection, Privacy & GDPR ]
 
 

 

Forthcoming Events

Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 23 Feb 2019
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Cost: £25

 

A Reflective Quiet Day led by Tim Stead

A practical day including guided meditations..

On Saturday 23rd February2019 at the Church of St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

[ THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED (31/01/19) - please contact us
if you would like to attend a future event of
this nature led by Tim Stead (on 18th May 2019 ] 

This event will take the form of a group of about 20 people, in the quiet setting of the Church.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided; please bring a packed lunch.

The event was over-subscribed; a ballot was held on 31 January.

 

 

 

Venue: St Giles Church, Oxford
Please see posters for dates times and speakers
Time: see text
Cost: n/a

 Paintings by Nick Mynheer, Roger Wagner, Robert Wright, Romola Parish and Eularia Clarke will be on display at St Giles’ Church, Oxford between 3rd March and 14th April. 

During this period a series of 6 Talks will be given in the Church, on Thursday lunchtimes, starting at 12.30pm on 7th March and lasting about an hour.  The talks will each focus on different ways of appreciating the Cross and how it has been understood in history, theology, art and in practice within a range of different traditions in the Anglican Church. 
There is no need to book. 

 For further details, please see: [ Exhibition Opening Times]   [ Talks details ] These events are not organised by OCSG.

Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 03 May 2019
Time: 7 to 9 pm
Cost: 0

In conjunction with Oxford Quakers 'Only the Song' is an evening of Poetry, led by Professor Mark S Burrows.
Given the evening before our Study Day on Meister Eckhart, it will include the works of Rainer Maria Rilke, the Bohemian-Austrian poet, and others.
For further details please see [ Poster ].

There is no charge for this event, but there will be a retiring collection for Oxford Friends Action on Poverty

Booking for this event is essential, and is being managed via Oxford Quakers.
Please book by email: office@oxfordquakers.org or phone: 01865 557373

Venue: Oxford Quakers Meeting House
Date(s): 04 May 2019
Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Cost: 35.00

Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth and Oxford Quaker Meeting 

are pleased to announce

Reasons of the Heart: A Day on Meister Eckhart
     A Meditative Exploration of the 
Meister's mystical vision 
led by Professor Mark S Burrows    
of The Protestant University of Applied Sciences
Bochum, Germany
Mark Burrows is a distinguished poet and historian of medieval Christianity
whose works include
'Meditations for the Restless Soul' and 'The Chance of Home - Poems'

  The Study Day will be held
on Saturday 4th May 2019, 9.30am – 4.00pm
at The Quaker Meeeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford.

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

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

Please register online, download a booking form, or contact us by email or phone for this event 

[ Poster ] [ Booking Form ]

      

 

Venue: St Michael at the North Gate
Date(s): 18 May 2019
Time: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Cost: £25

 This is a repeat of the event held on 23 February, for those who were unable to attend then.

A Reflective Quiet Day led by Tim Stead

A practical day including guided meditations..

On Saturday 18th May 2019 at the Church of St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

This event will take the form of a group of about 20 people, in the quiet setting of the Church.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided; please bring a packed lunch.

If the event is over-subscribed; a ballot will be held on 30 April.

 

 

 

Earlier events can be found on our Events Page