Revd Dr John Fox recently joined UC as the new Senior Ecumenical Chaplain. He’s here to help you if you want to chat about something, need a quiet space on campus or want to explore your spirituality. You can chat to Chaplains about everything and anything, no matter what your beliefs are. They are here to help you! But now’s the time to find out more about John, in his own words:
Hello, I’m the Revd Dr John Fox,
I’m the new Senior Ecumenical Chaplain, alumnus and disabled person (spastic hemiplegia). I’m a Cantabrian born and bred, the descendant of soil scientists, farmers and gloriously stubborn suffragettes on one side, and first generation immigrants on the other. I was an undergradate at UC 2002-2005, in English and History, and when I got bored I added in a conjoint Science degree in Biological Sciences too. I worked with children and young adults, and then community and family restoration in Aranui, Linwood and then in Clendon, made a bunch of noise about housing, drug rehab, prison and family policy, landed a public policy job, and an English Honours degree. I was an RA and Residential Supervisor for the University of Auckland, wrote half a philosophy primer, some essays on social justice, some research reports I’m pretty sure no one read, and a bunch of op-eds, and tutored in the English Department in renaissance literature until I earned my doctorate working under Tom Bishop (“Framed in Righteousness: Poetry, Imagination and Edification in Early Modern England 1530-1630”). It’s a page turner, and I know at least six people read it.
I was called to the priesthood in 2010, ordained in 2015 (I was stubborn; see suffragettes supra), and after a PG Dip in Theology at St John’s College in Auckland, I was on placement at the City Mission, as a Student Chaplain at Auckland Hospital, and then (permanently) as a disability chaplain, and then later an advocate, as Trustee of Elevate, the Christian Disability Trust (favourite issues: social care, assisted dying, getting the disabled employment rate past 30%). I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow at Laidlaw College, and Priest Assistant in the Anglican parish of Sumner and Redcliffs.
I’m honoured and delighted to be following in the footsteps of the Revd Spanky Moore, whose inclusive warmth is a great gift I’ll miss very much, and the Revd Tom Innes, who had the terrifying job of being Chaplain to Undergraduate me! I’m also very pleased to meet you all. I’m available for students and staff by appointment, so reach out whenever you’d like to. My contact details are below.
As a colleague (albeit a junior and voluntary one), and as alumni, I’m delighted to be back in this place, which was so important in challenging and forming my own thinking through thoughtful dialogue, warm hospitality, and intelligent kindness. I hope only to return the favour.
With best wishes,
Revd Dr John Fox