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'.

Upcoming Moots

24 February
19:30 - 21:00
Exploring the Theology of Equal Marriage

Professor Helen King, The Very Revd Jeffrey John and Professor Diarmaid Macculloch

In response to changes in legislation relating to marriage and civil partnerships in recent years, the Church has been slow to respond and adapt to the significant societal changes in attitudes towards relationships and questions of sexuality. In this panel discussion at the University Church, Professor Helen King (Classical Studies, Open University, and contributor toLiving in Love and Faith), the Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John (Dean of St Alban’s), and Professor Diarmaid Macculloch (St Cross College), will discuss the various changes which have attended the church’s understanding of marriage over the centuries and the way in which Christians can respond constructively and creatively to more recent developments, drawing on scripture, tradition and reason.


This event is ticketed. Please register for a free ticket at the link below.