Diocese of Oxford

Website:  oxford.anglican.org

Core Business:  The Diocese of Oxford is the administrative area of the Church of England that, broadly speaking, covers the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.   It covers 2,200 square miles – and much the same area as Thames Valley Police.

The diocese sits between the Cotswolds in the west and London to the east. It extends from tiny rural communities to the vastly different cities of Oxford and Milton Keynes.  From Chipping Norton to Slough, from west Berkshire to Newport Pagnell, there are villages and market towns, suburbs and urban areas, organized into 626 parishes.

Staff/Members:  There are 815 churches in the diocese – more than any other diocese in the Church of England. So in many ways the best description of the Diocese of Oxford is that it is the family of the 55,000 or so regular worshippers in these churches.

Low Carbon Credentials:  Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the earth and its people today, and will impact on every aspect of human life and the natural environment. Churches across the Diocese of Oxford are responding to this challenge and journeying towards a greener life. Reducing our carbon footprints, running environment projects and calling for change.

The Diocese published ‘For Creed and Creation: A simple guide to greening your church‘ – little book of practical suggestions for making your church more energy efficient.

Earthing Faith is a network to resource and encourage churches and individuals in the Diocese of Oxford as we connect our faith with the earth. The network has been established help the sharing of ideas and experiences around the environment, and help us to be creative and collaborative in our engagement with the earth. The network is resourced both online and through physical gatherings.

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