The Moot

The Moot explores a wide range of topics, from science and religion to faith and politics, and offers an hour of group discussion.

The original Moot was established in 1938 by J. H. Oldham, following an international ecumenical conference on 'Church, Community and State' which had met in Oxford in July 1937. Oldham sought to mobilise a movement of both thought and action engaging with society on the basis of Christian faith. He was joined by a group of distinguished intellectuals, including T.S. Eliot, John Baillie, Donald Mackinnon,  Alec Vidler, Michael Polanyi and Karl Mannheim. They continued meeting until 1947, seeking to discern ways of countering the threat of totalitarianism and cultivating a profound Christian humanism. As Michael Polanyi said, these discussions 'changed our lives'.

All meetings take place in the Old Library. Access is through the Radcliffe Square entrance.

Upcoming Moots

13 May
19:45 - 21:00
Philip O’Neill: Education & the Myth of Intelligence

24 June 
19:45 - 21:00
Erica Longfellow & Bethany Sollereder: Suffering