Summer School

*Postponed from August 23 - 28, 2020 to 20-25 June 2021

Worldly Wise?

Biblical Wisdom for a

Broken World

What did people believe in the first century, before the gospel broke into their world? And how did the gospel speak to those beliefs? What longings did it meet? What fears did it assuage? What did it challenge? What did it affirm?

What do people believe today, in a world which has largely moved on from Christian thought? What longings and fears do we have? How might we articulate and embody the gospel today so that it can have the impact it had in the first century?

This summer school will seek to drill down into the depths of biblical wisdom so as to equip us to address healingly the brokenness of our world.


Wycliffe Hall’s Senior Research Fellow, NT Wright, will explore this topic, accompanied by other renowned scholars. In the afternoons, we shall explore some of the beautiful and historic sites in and around Oxford. And we shall enjoy a sumptuous evening meal in the iconic setting of Balliol College’s dining hall. We would love you to join us.

/ Speakers


NT Wright

Senior Research Fellow

NT Wright, who prepared for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, and a world authority on the apostle Paul.


Rt Revd Graham Cray

Archbishops’ Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team

Rt. Revd Graham Cray is an Honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York, where he is Diocesan Advocate for Pioneer Ministry and Fresh Expressions of Church, and Chair of the Oversight Group for Wydale Hall. He served as Vicar of St Michael le Belfry York, Principal of Ridley Hall Cambridge, Bishop of Maidstone, and Archbishops’ Missioner and Leader of the (ecumenical) Fresh Expressions Team.


Dr Elaine Storkey

Philosopher, Sociologist, Theologian

Elaine has held university posts at Kings College, London, Stirling, Oxford, Calvin College USA, and the Open University.

A broadcaster and writer, she has been involved with the BBC for 30 years. Her writing includes eight books and hundreds of journal articles. Her presidency of Tearfund, in aid and development spanned 17 years and influenced her most recent book, Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women, published recently. 

Revd Dr Andrew Atherstone

Wycliffe Hall Tutor in Church History, Latimer Research Fellow

Andrew’s teaching, research and writing is focussed upon the history of the Christian church, especially the relationship between Anglicanism and Evangelicalism. He is research fellow of the Latimer Trust, the successor to Latimer House, an Anglican Evangelical research institute founded in Oxford in 1960. He currently serves on the Church of England's Faith and Order Commission and Liturgical Commission.

Revd Dr Michael Lloyd


Michael Lloyd is the Principal of Wycliffe Hall and was formerly the chaplain at The Queen’s College, University of Oxford and the Director of Studies in Theology at Christ’s College, Cambridge University. Dr Lloyd has taught theology and doctrine at the University of Oxford, Cambridge University and St Paul’s Theological Centre, London.He has published the popular introduction Café Theology and has a particular interest in the doctrine of evil, the problem of pain - and an inexplicable love of cricket.

Dr Sharon Dirckx

Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics 

Originally from a scientific background, she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK, and the Medical College of Wisconsin, US.

Sharon is an OCCA alumna having completed the OCCA program in 2005 during its founding year. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts across the UK, including the 2014 Veritas Forum at the University of Oxford.


  • The Wycliffe Summer School provides an opportunity to learn in the context of the University of Oxford

  • Teaching will be led by NT Wright throughout two mornings of the week's schedule

  • Daily worship and biblical expositions will take place in Wycliffe's chapel and led by Wycliffe Hall faculty

  • A special gala dinner will be held for delegates within one of Oxford college's finest dining halls

  • Daily afternoon excursions to historic sites in and around Oxford

  • Exclusive access to Wycliffe Hall's site and faculty

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/ Excursions

Balliol College Dining Hall
Broughton Castle
Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire.
Hook Norton Brewery
Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country.
Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey is packed with history. It started as an abbey and nunnery, then became a Tudor family home.
Royal River Cruise
Salter's Steamers are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858).
Magdalen College
Magdalen College was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor.
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For any additional requirements please contact our Summer School organisers:


Victoria Humble-White, Alumni Relations and Communications Manager 

T: +44 (0) 1865 274404

Matthew Armstrong, Development Director
T: +44 (0) 1865 274200



Stephanie Cocke, U.S. Coordinator

T: 713.598.1526


/ Find us


Wycliffe Hall

52 -54 Banbury Road


Tel: 01865 274200

By Car

Parking is restricted at Wycliffe Hall but there are roads around the college you can park on for a limited period of time. Alternatively, you can use the car parks in the centre of the city or Oxford's Park & Ride service - see link below.

By Bus

Wycliffe Hall is in a position just north of the city centre that is well served by buses with two bus stops directly outside the college. For more information on bus services refer to the links “Local Buses” below.

By Coach

The main Oxford coach terminus is in the centre of the city at Gloucester Green and it is a 15-20 minute walk to the college. For more information on coach services refer to the various links below.

By Train

Oxford train station is just to the west of the city centre about 20-25 minutes walk to Wycliffe Hall. There are taxi ranks in the station that depending on traffic will cost about £5 for a fare to the college. For more information on train services refer to the link “Trains” below.

By Taxi