posted by Kaihsu Tai on July 29th, 2008

Cutting greenhouse emissions by…
20 % by 2020 (30 % if global pact): European Union
30 % by 2020; 60 % to 80 % by 2050 at 1 % global GDP: Stern Report
60 % by 2050: Climate Change Bill (United Kingdom) (as it stands)
80 % by 2050: Stop Climate Chaos, Barack Obama
90 % by 2030: Operation Noah, Green Party of England and Wales
100 % by 2027: Zero Carbon Britain
(Thanks to Peter Lornie and Martin Hodson for discussions at the John Ray Initiative online forum.)

Comparing road fatalities and homicides
in the Thames Valley Police area

year 2002/3 2003/4 2004/5 2005/6 2006/7
homicides 23 20 25 21 20
road fatalities 173 141 154 157 129 149 143
year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

(Thanks for Lynda Boodell at Thames Valley Police for researching this Freedom of Information request.)

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Environment, Green Party, Oxford | on July 29th, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Numbers” | 5 Comments »

Kaihsu’s letter in the Guardian

posted by Mike on July 3rd, 2008

P&C contributor Kaihsu Tai had a letter in yesterday’s Guardian:

Don Touhig and the Co-operative party’s People’s Rail campaign (Letters, June 25) has no credibility. The party is the junior partner in government with Labour, which has already had a decade to sort out the railways by reversing privatisation. As taxpayers, the citizens are already “shareholding members” of Network Rail. Adding another layer of membership is not going to make it a “mutual” – any more than an NHS trust becoming a foundation trust (with nominal, non-shareholding membership). The Co-op needs to break from its electoral pact with Labour and cooperate with voices for real collective change.
Kaihsu Tai, Janet Warren, Sid Phelps
Oxfordshire Green party

As usual with British politics, I have no idea what is going on.

posted by Mike in Green Party, Oxford | on July 3rd, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Kaihsu’s letter in the Guardian” | Comments Off on Kaihsu’s letter in the Guardian

Commemorating the Oxfordshire martyrs of the Reformation

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 24th, 2008

On 19 June, a plaque commemorating the Oxfordshire martyrs of the Reformation, both Catholic and Protestant, was unveiled in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, by the Chancellor of the University, Lord Patten of Barnes. The names were researched by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.


That evening was the launch of the Oxford Council of Faiths. I did not attend, because it clashed with the monthly business meeting of the Oxfordshire Green Party.

march for Zimbabwe

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 9th, 2008

On Saturday 7 June, I marched with many Zimbabweans in Oxford before the extraordinary provincial meeting of the Movement for Democratic Change (United Kingdom and Ireland). Please pray for the presidential run-off in Zimbabwe on Friday 27 June, and help in any way you see appropriate.

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Faiths walking together (fifth time)

posted by Kaihsu Tai on June 4th, 2008

Yesterday, hundreds of people participated in the fifth annual friendship walk in Oxford. The rain held off by order as planned, due to fervent prayers by the faith communities. We started from the Synagogue in Richmond Road at 18:30, where we received the good news of the birth of Bishop’s new granddaughter. We walked by the University Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, where we enjoyed organic refreshments supplied by Vaults and Garden. We finished the walk at the Mosque in Manzil Way around 20:00, with buffet supper donated by the Mosque and desserts from the Oxford Synagogue. Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Oxford, Religion | on June 4th, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Faiths walking together (fifth time)” | Comments Off on Faiths walking together (fifth time)

Books, eschatology, ecumenism

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 21st, 2008

My friends are publishing books faster than I can read them these days, which is probably a good thing; to wit:

Panel discussion. On Saturday, I went to a day-conference ‘What is the world coming to? Ecological crisis and Christian hope’ at Redcliffe College, organized by the John Ray Initiative. Speakers included Ernest Lucas, Margot Hodson, and Dave Bookless.

On Sunday evening, we had a united service at the cathedral Christ Church, Oxford, for the centenary Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, with Bishop William Kenney (Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham) preaching.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Books, Environment, Itinerant Communicant, Oxford | on January 21st, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Books, eschatology, ecumenism” | Comments Off on Books, eschatology, ecumenism

Requiem for a tree

posted by Kaihsu Tai on January 18th, 2008

As I mentioned earlier, my landlord decided to have the apple tree in the back-garden felled last weekend.

(The centenary Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts today.)


2007-04-24 Read the rest of this entry »

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Environment, Oxford | on January 18th, 2008 | Permanent Link to “Requiem for a tree” | 1 Comment »

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.

Jesse Jackson got what he wanted

posted by Kaihsu Tai on December 7th, 2007

Jesse Jackson The Reverend Jesse Jackson gave a talk in New Road Baptist Church, Oxford, on 13 November, after being made an honorary fellow of Regent’s Park College, Oxford. I agree with most of what he said, except his final exhortation that people in sub-prime debt should be offered debt restructuring (rather than bankruptcy?). I thought that was not radical enough.

You cannot spell ‘mortgages’ without ‘age’ and ‘mort’: We need to find a way to work out housing allocation without most people having to spend a large chunk of their lives working (for ‘The Man’) to pay off their student-loan debt and mortgages. Security of housing does not necessarily have to mean ownership.

We also have to work out a way for energy-efficient measures to be implemented on all housing stock: be it rental (state-owned or private) or occupant-owned. Anyway, Jesse got what he wanted (almost) this week: Guardian Business: Bush imposes curb on mortgage rises. Be careful what you wish for.

In other news: Let’s see if Sarkozy can help free Íngrid Betancourt; new encyclical: Spe Salvi.

Saint Margaret’s Church, Lewknor

posted by Kaihsu Tai on October 14th, 2007

Saint Margaret's, Lewknor This Sunday afternoon, after singing the wonderful hymn by Isaac Watts, “The heavens declare thy glory, Lord”, I went with my friend Martin of Sage to Saint Margaret’s Church, Lewknor, where they are hosting a “LOAF Fayre” along with an afternoon service. LOAF stands for “locally produced, organically grown, animal friendly, fairly traded”.

The church is now serving as a gateway to the Aston Rowant National Nature Reserve. This project is supported by the Diocese of Oxford and the Christian nature conservation organisation A Rocha.

Brother Samuel SSF of the Hilfield Project/Friary preached on the theme of “Living Lightly on God’s Earth”, and gave us three tips after Saint Francis: courtesy, know your place, and give thanks and praise (“sing in tune”). He mentioned the early Italian vernacular hymn by Francis, which we are familiar in the English as “All creatures of our God and King”. It came from his Canticle of Brother Sun.

posted by Kaihsu Tai in Environment, Hagiography, Itinerant Communicant, Oxford | on October 14th, 2007 | Permanent Link to “Saint Margaret’s Church, Lewknor” | Comments Off on Saint Margaret’s Church, Lewknor