The Chaplain

Revd Canon Dr Emma Percy

I came to Trinity as the Chaplain in 2005 having been a vicar in Sheffield before moving to Oxford. I studied History in Cambridge and then Theology in Durham where I also trained for ordination. I was ordained deacon in 1990 and then priest in 1994. This was the year the Church of England first ordained women as priests and it has been a privilege to be part of that first generation.

As Chaplain I have oversight of the chapel and the chapel choir. I organise the regular and occasional services in the chapel and offer pastoral care to the whole college community.

The chapel is an Anglican foundation which welcomes people of all denominations, or none, to its services. We are an inclusive community and encourage open discussion about matters of faith and ethics. I am always happy to talk to those who are exploring their faith or wanting suggestions of reading on particular issues.

The Oxford college chaplains meet regularly with each other and with the chaplains of other faiths. More information about Chaplaincy provision in the university can be found here.

I am also the college Welfare Dean, co-ordinating the welfare provision of the college and being available for all students to offer a listening ear, non-judgemental advice and support.

It is perhaps not surprising that I have a strong interest in both Feminist and Practical theology. Whilst at Trinity I have been able to study part-time for a PhD which I was awarded from Nottingham University in 2012. This has been published by Ashgate Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry (2014) and it also provided the thinking for a more popular book, What Clergy Do: Especially when it looks like nothing, SPCK 2014.

I continue to research, write and speak about theology and mothering, Anglican ministry and the theology of care. I am a committee member of WATCH and sit on a National Research Ethics committee as a lay member.

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