Oak Hall

Oak Hall provides value-for-money low-cost holidays enabling people time away for rest and spiritual refreshment/reinvigoration, either at Otford Manor in Kent, or overseas. Many of those on Oak Hall expeditions (aimed at the 20s/30s market) are single. A number of ATOM (A Taste of Mission) trips work with projects that Oak Hall supports in Serbia, Thailand, Peru, South Africa, the Phillipines. Staff are largely voluntary workers who are enthused by this vision. I have worked…

Loire Valley Tomorrow

Dear allI hope that you have a great couple of weeks. I will be wearing my "Keep Calm and Carry On T-Shirt", and "Keep Calm and Carry On Apron" whilst I cook for 82 people on a campsite in the Loire Valley with Oak Hall, and as I then bike-sit, and drive down to Provence on the wrong side of the road, before coming back to get back on track with my projects.Looking forward to…

A Week Filled with Events

Palatine ConferenceI made it to the afternoon of this conference. With the event sponsored by Palatine, who focus on dance and drama, I wasn't entirely sure where I was going with this conference, but was interested to see that Mike Seignior, with whom I teach on the Design for Digital Media course was heading up a workshop... so I thought, yes, a great chance to see how practice and academia intersect. Interestingly many of the…

[BOOK REVIEW] Connie Neal, What’s a Christian to do with Harry Potter? 2001

Harry Potter is one of the biggest fictional phenomena in the world, with many growing up with the books and waiting expectantly for the next film. Connie Neal, who does read and enjoy the Harry Potter books, is more concerned with the division that debates have caused. In her dedication she thanks her friend Brooke Boland: Brooke Boland, who forced me to think further than I had at first and realise that Christians on both…

Book Review: Christianity with Attitude by Giles Fraser

Giles Fraser, of the liberal tradition, is a passionate and outspoken figure. With arguments that are"accessible to the suspicious secularist", he is inspired by the fiery language of the Bible in which writers believed in what they said as if their lives depended upon it. As the back cover says here "he gets to theological grips with a wide range of subjects including the morality of war, the meaning of death, church committees, sex, atheism,…