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I have set up this website on behalf of the friends and colleagues of Martyn Percy, head of one of Oxford’s largest Colleges, and a Church of England Cathedral Dean.  This is revised version of the 'story' to reflect what has been in the media

The press has carried a number of accounts of what is happening to Martyn Percy. As Martyn has made no public comments, here are summaries of three reports.

It is claimed the college’s academics have been ‘combing the statutes’ of Christ Church – founded by Henry VIII in 1546 – to find legal justification to get rid of Prof Percy…One way the plotters believe they can force him out is through a formal complaint…That complaint will now be judged by an internal tribunal. Prof Percy, 56, is also said to have received a stream of legal letters that an insider said risked ‘financially breaking him’ after he was forced to hire his own lawyers. The insider added: “It’s a tragedy, embarrassing and a disgrace.” Mail on Sunday

The tribunal process itself raises further questions about governance. It is understood that Dr Percy was given no opportunity to challenge any of the evidence against him…a college insider said: “Chapter and Governing Body did not invite the Dean to give any response to the complaint, or put forward any documents of his own before making their decision.” Church Times

The Bishop of Buckingham fears Percy is being “hounded out” for taking “the costly path of reform” rather than seeking a “quiet life”. His lawyers have raised concerns he has been bullied, saying he has been ostracized forced to run up large legal bills. Sunday Times

It appears therefore that Martyn’s position is a uniquely powerless one. It takes just seven complainants under the statutes of the college to request a tribunal to remove the Dean of Christ Church. Three strange steps appear to have led to this position.
 
First, the Dean was offered no proper investigation, at which evidence from both sides could be heard, read and weighed.

Second, there was no disciplinary hearing in which he could defend any allegations made against him.

Third, to avoid unnecessary conflict, processes of genuine mediation should always happen. Such mediation is entered into in good faith by both parties - rather than being used as a means to coerce and expedite a virtually immediate resignation, which is increasingly common in workplaces today.

In any normal place of work, a Tribunal would be the very final stage: and only if the investigation, disciplinary procedures and mediation had all failed. In Martyn’s case, the first three stages did not fail: it seems they were not really attempted.

Under the college statutes, the Dean has no grievance procedure available to him either, so he can’t complain about the treatment give him. Consequently, he can do nothing about the bullying and harassment he has received. Under natural justice any person should have rights. But the Martyn doesn’t.

Finally, the Dean seems to have no right to free speech. To defend himself, he has to find his own legal costs. His speech is not free. If you think this is unjust, then please help the support fund.
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Dear Friends and supporters of Martyn,
Some of you will have seen the article in today's Observer newspaper : - https://churchofengland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50eac70851c7245ce1ce00c45&id=1211939ae3&e=eb6a9aa4fe
Martyn and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers and support as the time for the Tribunal approaches.
Once more concrete news is available, it will be circulated.
With thanks for your generosity and concern.
Tom Keighley (fund co-ordinator)
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Dear All,
First, an enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported Martyn and his family throughout this time. Support has come in many and varied forms - including over 1800 cards and letters sent, and places to rest and recuperate also generously lent by friends. Many friends and colleagues have given their time, wisdom and resources in support. And the kindness and munificence expressed on the GoFundMe pages has been deeply and profoundly moving. Thank you!
The Internal Tribunal at which Martyn is to defend himself against allegations of “immoral, scandalous and disgraceful behaviour” will commence in mid-June and will conclude in early July. This will be the first opportunity that the Dean will have had to address the complaints made against him, which were raised in September 2018.
Martyn continues with various preaching and teaching engagements, but for the next two months is covering for Heather Carter, Vicar of the Church of the Holy Family, Blackbird Leys. (Heather is taking a well-deserved sabbatical)
I will continue to refresh this page periodically, but dates where he is speaking or preaching include the following:

17th May Said Business School: Ethics, Economics and Mutuality Seminar.
20th May London - Seminar on Writings and Work of Wesley Carr.
26th May Baldock, Hertfordshire - preaching.
1st June Law and Minority Religions Conference, King’s College London.
7th June Hosting Virginia Theological Seminary event.
13th June Hosting Shakespeare in Schools Charity event.
16th June Exeter College, Oxford: Preaching the Benefactor’s Sermon.

Martyn and the family remain very grateful for the support and kindness of all those who have sent messages, donated and helped in other ways during this time. It is profoundly moving that more than 600 people have now donated to the fund, and Martyn and Emma have received over 1800 cards, letters and messages of support from all quarters. Thank you!
Tom Keighley (Appeal Coordinator)
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Dear contributors and friends of Martyn,

The Tribunal at which Martyn, as the Dean of Christchurch, is to defend himself against allegations of “immoral, scandalous and disgraceful behaviour” is scheduled for later in June and July. This will be the first occasion the Dean will be allowed to address the complaints made against him, which were raised in September last year.
Martyn has been granted Permission to Officiate licence by the Bishop of Oxford – confirming him as a priest of good standing, and a person of integrity and probity – he has resumed preaching and teaching engagements. Martyn has been attached to the parish of Blackbird Leys since January, working with the Vicar, Heather Carter. He is there almost every Sunday from now on, and will help to cover Heather’s forthcoming sabbatical, which ends in the summer.
Martyn continues to write, and the recent SPCK Study of Ministry: A Comprehensive Survey of Theory and Best Practice is just published. The recent lectures in Yale, Liverpool and Bologna are now in press with the relevant journals.
I will continue to refresh this page periodically, but upcoming dates where he is speaking during April and May include the following:

12th April Seminar with Virginia Theological Seminary.
25th April Examining at University of Exeter.
26th April Examining at King’s College, London.
17th May Said Business School, Ethics, Economics and Mutuality Seminar.
20th May London - Seminar on Writings and Work of Wesley Carr.
26th May Baldock, Hertfordshire - preaching.
1st June Law and Minority Religions Conference, King’s College London.
Sundays throughout, unless otherwise specified, are at Blackbird Leys.

Martyn remains very grateful for the support and kindness of all those who have sent messages, donated and helped in other ways during this time. It is profoundly moving that more than 600 people have now donated to the fund, and Martyn and Emma have received over 1800 cards, letters and messages of support from all quarters. Thank you!
Tom Keighley (Appeal co-ordinator)
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Dear Donors and friends,
Having taken some further soundings recently, you will see that it was decided to revise the target. This is due to a number of factors. First, the amount of additional work involved in the case is inevitably incurring additional costs. Second, a number of people have indicated that they wish to continue supporting, and there are also new donors wishing to contribute. In view of this, the target has been revised. As before, Martyn remains immensely grateful for the kindness and care shown by all the donors and supporters, now numbering over 600. We will continue to provide everyone with regular periodic updates on Martyn's diary of engagements over the coming months. Thank you to one and all who have come to lectures, sermons and seminars he has given recently, to further show support. This is enormously appreciated.
With continuing thanks
Tom Keighley (Appeal co-ordinator)
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