Clare College Cambridge

Michaelmas Term 2017 Preachers


8 October

The Dean

15 October

The Revd Dr Robert Mackley
Vicar, Little St Mary’s, Cambridge

22 October

Dr Rachael Harris
Fellow, Buddhist Chaplain to the University

29 October

His Grace Bishop Angaelos
General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK

His Grace Bishop Angaelos is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, and is widely recognised for his extensive ecumenical and advocacy work. As a result he was conferred with the Lambeth Cross for Ecumenism by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Coventry Cross of Nails for his work in Reconciliation. Bishop Angaelos was recently appointed President of the Bible Society and continues to work extensively to build bridges and promote dialogue and unity between Churches, faiths and communities in the United Kingdom and has established and maintains contact with governmental, inter-religious and ecumenical bodies through which this work is enabled. In recognition of his work in advocating for those experiencing religious persecution around the world, His Grace was also conferred with the honour of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen for ‘Services to International Religious Freedom.’ With a pastoral ministry spanning for over two decades in the United Kingdom, His Grace also specialises in youth ministry and travels around the world to speak at youth conferences and conventions.

5 November

The Rt Revd Dr David Stancliffe DD, FRSCM
Former Bishop of Salisbury

David Stancliffe is a practising musician, conducting regularly; he works with young singers and period instruments, and has conducted the Bach Passions and the Monteverdi Vespers regularly, including the Vespers in St Mark’s, Venice. He has directed most of the Bach Cantatas, and hopes to have done them all before he perishes!

He was Provost of Portsmouth when the cathedral there was completed and re-ordered and chaired the Liturgical Commission in the Church of England during the period that saw the creation of Common Worship. As Bishop of Salisbury from 1993 to 2010, he had a major concern for the formation of God’s people through their worship, publishing God’s Pattern (SPCK, 2003).

He has had a lifelong passion for Italy, as well as for Romanesque art and architecture: his book The Lion Companion to Church Architecture (Lion, 2008) is illustrated by over 500 of his own photographs.  Between 2013 and 2015, he produced a vivid companion to the readings of the liturgical year to stimulate the reflective imagination of those seeking to deepen their worship entitled The Gospels in Art, Music and Literature, published by SPCK as a three volume eBook.

12 November

Air Vice Marshall Richard Knighton CB (CL 1988)
Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff

Richard Knighton is an Air Vice-Marshal in the Royal Air Force and is currentlyAssistant Chief of Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design).  An engineer officer by training he spent his early career working on Nimrod, Tornado and Harrier aircraft in a series of command and staff appointments.  He was the RAF’s Logistics Force Commander 2009-2011. Since then he has served in a number of strategic and capability planning roles in the UK Ministry of Defence in and was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff 2015-2017.

19 November

The Lord Dubs
Labour Peer, Patron of Freedom from Torture

Alf Dubs was born in Prague, arriving in the UK in 1939 on a Kinderstansport train at the age of six.

He was an elected Member of Parliament from 1979-87.  During his time in the House of Commons he was a frontbencher on Home Affairs covering police, prisons and criminal justice and, later, for immigration and race relations.

After losing his parliamentary seat, he became CEO of the Refugee Council. In 1994 he was appointed to the House of Lords as a Labour Peer.  In May 1997, he became a Minister for Northern Ireland until December 1999.  He has served on a number of parliamentary committees, including the Joint Committee on Human Rights and then on the Communications committee which delivered a report criticising the small numbers of women presenting news and current affairs. He is currently on the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee which is looking at aspects of trade post Brexit.  He is also a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and of the OSCE [Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe] Parliamentary Assembly

He has been an active Fabian for many years and was previously Chair.  He has also been chair of Liberty

He has successfully campaigned to allow unaccompanied child refugees to enter the UK. Other campaigns include: to abolish cluster munitions; pardons for soldiers shot at dawn in WW1; assisted dying and against the death penalty overseas

26 November 

The Dean