Œcuménisme à Oxford; et des arbres

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 16th, 2008

Or: Å“cumenism in Oxford; and trees. Last Friday, journalist Eric Albert of the French newspaper La Croix interviewed several of us about Å“cumenism in Oxford, for a series for the centenary Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which starts this Friday. La Croix is a daily paper of Catholic foundation, with circulation about 100 000. Those interviewed include: Bede Gerrard (Orthodox; county Å“cumenical officer), Hugh Lee (city rector, Anglican), Stephen Platt (Russian Orthodox), Rosemary (layperson at Blackfriars, the Catholic Dominican friary), me (Église Reformée Unie), and several others. We had fun discussing. Expect to read something about this in French soon.

Bonn Square, Oxford Tree-related news: Earlier in the month, there was some brouhaha about a tree in Bonn Square in the city centre. Now that tree is gone. ¶ Last Wednesday, my friend Oxfordshire County Councillor Deborah Glass Woodin was wrongly arrested whilst trying to ascertain the legality of some tree-felling attempts by Oxford City Council in the nearby Westgate area (but not at the same site as Bonn Square). ¶ Later in the weekend, my landlord decided to chop off the apple tree in the back-garden (more on this later, with photographs perhaps).

For this Saturday: have a happy feast-day of Saint Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, patron of vegetarians.

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  1. On January 22, 2008 at 20:05 Kaihsu Tai said:

    The result of the interview is here: http://www.la-croix.com/article/index.jsp?docId=2326721

  2. On September 8, 2008 at 09:44 Kaihsu Tai said:

    Deborah told me recently that the charges against her about this were all dropped.

    Also, Westgate Watch reported earlier that ‘Gabriel, who kicked off this year’s anti-Westgate action by occupying a tree in Bonn Square, has had all the charges against him dropped.’