Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers


The Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers is responsible for nominating Select Preachers for University Sermons in each Michaelmas Term.

The Committee also nominates the preachers of the Court Sermon, the Sermon on the Sin of Pride, the Macbride Sermon, the Sermon on the Grace of Humility, and the Ramsden Sermon.


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Membership as at MT 2020 will be as follows


  Name Office or Appointing Body Until
[1] The Very Revd Professor Jane Shaw, Principal of Harris Manchester     A person appointed by the Vice-Chancellor, who shall be chair of the committee MT 2024

Senior Proctor (Professor Simon Horobin, Magdalen)

One of the Proctors or the Assessor, as may be agreed between them ex officio
 [3] Professor Carol Harrison, Christ Church A Professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, elected by the professors in that faculty MT 2023
 [4] Vacancy As above Vacancy
 [5] Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, University College A member of Congregation, elected by Congregation HT 2021

The Revd Canon Professor Mark Chapman, Ripon College, Cuddesdon

As above HT 2021
 [7] The Revd Dr William Lamb The Vicar of St Mary's Church ex officio

Co-opted (the Committee may co-opt up to three additional members, who may be internal or external, who shall hold office for one year and shall be re-eligible)

 [8] Dr Anthony Reddie Co-opted MT 2021
Secretary: Council Secretariat (Mr Joe O'Connor)

The Committee usually meets once per academic year in Michaelmas term.

Date Time Venue
22 October 2020 11.00 am Online


University Sermons - Michaelmas Term 2020

University Sermons in Michaelmas Term 2020 will be published as podcasts on the website of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
Podcasts will be made available at 9.00 a.m. on the following Sunday via this link (

  • Thursday 8 October at 8.00a.m.: Bishop Humphrey Southern, Ripon College, Cuddeson. Latin Holy Communion. At St Mary's.
  • Sunday 18 October at 10.30a.m.: Dr Bethany Sollereder, Laudato Si' Research Institute, Campion Hall. University Sermon. At St Mary's
  • Sunday 1 November at 11.00a.m.: The Most Reverend Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong Sheng King Hui and Bishop of Hong Kong Island. Ramsden Sermon. At New College.
  • Sunday 15 November at 10.30a.m.: The Most Reverend Canon Dr Rachel Mann, Rector, St Nicholas, Burnage. University Sermon. At St Mary's.
  • Sunday 22 November at 6.00p.m.: Sir Jonathan Phillips KCB, Warden of Keble. University Sermon on the Sin of Pride. At Exeter College.


For the regulations of the Committee for the Nomination of Select Preachers please click here:


Contact us

Joe O'Connor

Administrative Officer(Governance)

Planning and Council Secretariat