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Martyn William Percy (born 31 July 1962) is a British Anglican priest and theologian. He has been Dean of Christ Church, Oxford since October 2014, and was previously Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford.
Martyn William Percy
31 July 1962
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Church||Church of England|
|Dean of Christ Church (since 2014)|
|Thesis||"Signs, Wonders and Church Growth" (1993)|
Percy teaches in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, and is a fellow of the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is also Professor of Theological Education at King's College London and has served as Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. He also serves as a visiting professor of the Institute for the Study of Values at the University of Winchester, is a founding fellow of the Center for Theologically Engaged Anthropology at the University of Georgia, and has also served as an adjunct professor at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut. He is an emeritus canon of Salisbury Cathedral, having previously served as an honorary canon. He has also been an honorary canon, serving later as Canon Theologian, at Sheffield Cathedral. He became a fellow of King's College London in 2018.
Percy's theological outlook is rooted in his long-standing commitment to middle-way Anglicanism. His writings fall into three distinct-but-related groups: ecclesiology; contemporary Christianity, religious movements and sociological trends; and anthropological interpretations of denominations and congregations; and spiritual devotional writings. He has also written extensively about theological education, as well as contextual, pastoral and practical theology.
In 2013, The Times Literary Supplement praised Percy for his work towards unity within the Anglican Communion and Church of England, describing him as displaying a "peaceable, polite and restrained" approach whilst "making peace between competing communities of conviction."
Early life and educationEdit
Percy was born on 31 July 1962. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, the University of Bristol (BA), the University of Durham (Cert. Counselling), King's College London (PhD, 1993) and the University of Sheffield (MEd). After a short career in publishing (1984–1988), he trained for ordination at Durham.
Percy was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1990 and as a priest in 1991. He served as a curate at St Andrew's, Bedford (1990–1994), and was then appointed chaplain and director of studies at Christ's College, Cambridge. In 1997 he was appointed as the founding director of the Lincoln Theological Institute – a research and consultancy body specialising in faith and society (initially based at Sheffield University, but is now a research centre within Manchester University). He left in 2004 to become principal at Cuddesdon.
Ripon College Cuddesdon developed significantly from 2004, during Percy's tenure as principal: it incorporated the Oxford Ministry Course (OMC) in 2006, and the West of England Ministerial Training Course (WEMTC) in 2011, making it the largest provider of Anglican ordination training in the UK. The college became internationally more active during Percy's period as principal: it works closely with the Anglican Church in Hong Kong and continues to have links with Anglican colleges in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. During Percy's time at Cuddesdon, the college moved from a distinctively liberal catholic ethos and progressively to the broader centre ground of Anglicanism, welcoming ordinands from across the ecclesial spectrum, thereby reclaiming the "non-party" ethos that Bishop Samuel Wilberforce had founded the college with in 1854.
During Percy's tenure, the multi-award-winning Bishop Edward King Chapel (which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2013) and a new education centre (Harriet Monsell House) were built. The college also became the first to incorporate a community of Anglican religious sisters, and to work alongside staff and students offering support in prayer and spirituality, whilst continuing to develop their own ministries of spiritual direction.
Deanery of Christ ChurchEdit
It was announced on 7 May 2014 that Percy would become the 45th Dean of Christ Church in Oxford. He was the first dean to be democratically elected by the governing body, and was instituted to the deanery on 4 October 2014. Christ Church is the only academic institution in the world which is also a cathedral – being the seat of the Bishop of Oxford. In common with other cathedral deans, Percy, as Dean of Christ Church, is the senior priest of the Diocese of Oxford.
Percy is also the patron of St Francis' Children's Society (an Adoption and Fostering Agency with a Roman Catholic foundation), a governor of Christ Church Cathedral School, Westminster School and St Edward's School, Oxford, a trustee of the Grubb Institute, Gladstone's Library (Harwarden) and the Li Tim-Oi Foundation.
Christ Church disputesEdit
Tribunal and reinstatement (2018–19)Edit
In November 2018, Percy was suspended from office and an independently-chaired internal tribunal was established. This followed a formal complaint which had been made against him concerning his attempts to change the composition of the institution's salaries board while in a dispute over his own pay. The salaries board had rejected his request for a pay rise. Percy is one of the highest-paid clerics in the Church of England, earning more than the Archbishop of Canterbury, but in the bottom 25% of Oxford college heads by remuneration. There were later claims that Percy was the victim of a "bullying campaign" by university dons who opposed his reformist agenda. In response to press reports, the Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, stated his concern at the allegations of bullying and that he had been monitoring the situation closely.
Supporters of the dean have criticised Christ Church's complaints process, as no investigation or disciplinary hearing was necessary prior to his suspension from office. Angela Tilby, a canon emeritus of Christ Church, wrote in the Church Times that Percy faced hostility for desiring to make the institution "more inclusive, more open to the outside world, and, perhaps, more aware of its wealth and vested interests". Paul Bayes (Bishop of Liverpool) and Alan Wilson (Bishop of Buckingham) have also conveyed public messages of support.
In January 2019, the censor theologiae (acting chairman of governing body of Christ Church) sent a letter to college alumni, revealing that Percy's suspension was triggered by a pay dispute. This was the first official statement regarding the nature of the tribunal.
On 21 August 2019, the cathedral chapter and the college's governing body announced that the tribunal had concluded that the charges brought against Percy were all dismissed. However, the tribunal made one minor finding that there had been a single unintentional breach of his fiduciary duty. The outcome of the investigation was welcomed by the Bishop of Oxford. The process was presided over by Sir Andrew Smith, a High Court judge, and is estimated to have cost the college at least £500,000. The college's legal fees are not known. The governing body has not read the whole text of the judgement provided by Smith.
Over the course of the nine-month investigation and to date, supporters of Percy have raised over £100,000 to cover the cost of legal fees.
In December 2019, Percy lost a vote of confidence by the governing body of Christ Church, by 38 to 2. In 2020, 41 members of Christ Church's governing body wrote to the Charity Commission accusing Percy of "unsound judgment" and of having breached his legal, fiduciary and safeguarding duties since the Smith tribunal.
On 4 March 2020, the college announced that the dean was to be investigated by the Church of England's National Safeguarding Team (NST) over alleged failures to report safeguarding cases in 2017. A subsequent investigation by the NST over the course of six months cleared the dean of any wrongdoing and on 8 September the Bishop of Huddersfield, Jonathan Gibbs, the Church of England’s lead safeguarding bishop said: "An independent investigation into allegations that the Dean, Martyn Percy, failed to fulfil his safeguarding responsibilities has concluded the Dean acted entirely appropriately in each case. The National Safeguarding Team, NST, followed the House of Bishops guidance when the four separate allegations were referred earlier in the year relating to the Dean, a senior office holder. At no point was there any allegation or evidence that the Dean presented a direct risk to any child or vulnerable adult."
Sexual harassment (2020)Edit
A young woman made an allegation that Percy had stroked her hair in the cathedral sacristy after a service in October 2020. Christ Church commissioned a report from an independent investigator, and sought legal advice from an independent QC to decide whether an internal disciplinary process should follow to consider the allegation and decide upon any subsequent sanctions. Responding to denigration of her claim and the publication in the press of details that should have remained confidential, the complainant wrote a letter to the Church Times to defend her formal complaint concerning the incident alleged to have occurred on the 4 October 2020.
Following "attempts by some through the media, social media, and a number of blogs, to undermine its disciplinary processes and in particular to intimidate the complainant", Christ Church felt it was necessary to commission an independent report by the President of Welsh Tribunals, Sir Wyn Williams, on whether or not the sexual harassment case had been correctly handled by Christ Church so far. The Williams report concludes that the complainant "described events which, objectively, could amount to sexual harassment", and that the processes followed by Christ Church to investigate it were fair and responsible: "I have no doubt that establishing a tribunal is a responsible use of charitable resource and in the best interests of Christ Church."
On 17 November, it was announced that Percy had voluntarily withdrawn from his duties as Christ Church dean in response to the allegations. He has not resigned from the post, but "stepped back from his duties in the College and Cathedral".
One of Britain's most senior Court of Appeal judges, Dame Sarah Asplin, President of Tribunals for the Church of England, ruled on 28 May 2021 that it would be "entirely disproportionate" for the sexual harassment claim to be referred to a Clergy Disciplinary Tribunal. 
Percy has undertaken a number of roles in public life, specialising in media and consumer affairs. He has served as a director and council member of the Advertising Standards Authority (1999–2006). He was previously an advisor on the "Faith Zone" for the New Millennium Experience Company and the Millennium Dome in London (1999). From 2006 to 2008, he was a member of the Theology and Religious Studies Panel for the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise. He has served as a member of the Independent Complaints Panel for the Portman Group, the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry. He has served as commissioner for the Direct Marketing Authority (2008–2014), and currently serves as an advisor to the British Board of Film Classification. He was the elected chair of the Cuddesdon and Denton Parish Council from 2007 to 2014.
Percy's theology is generally considered to represent the liberal tradition in the Church of England. His viewpoints typically argue for the "middle ground" between evangelical and catholic positions, with appeals to Anglican comprehensiveness, and the tradition of respecting theological differences. Percy's main interlocutors in his writings comprise a trinity of American theologians: Daniel W. Hardy, Urban T. Holmes III, and James F. Hopewell. Percy is a proponent of "generous orthodoxy", and argues for a theological approach that copes with "serious forms of dispute and threat[s] of schism." In 2018, a group of scholars from the fields of sociology, anthropology, musicology, theology and ecclesiology published a book (edited by Ian Markham and Joshua Daniels) on Percy's work to date, based on an earlier symposium engaging with Percy's writings, held at Virginia Theological Seminary (Washington DC) in 2016. The subsequent Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy offers a broad guide to the compass of Percy's work.
Percy has adopted a progressive outlook on a number of social issues, such as LGBTQ rights and the ordination of women. However his writings affirm orthodox Christian positions on the incarnation, atonement, resurrection and ascension; he has consistently defended the historicity of Jesus’ healing and nature miracles. Noted for his work on fundamentalism and revivalism, for which he engages with sociology and anthropology, he was described in the academic journal Theology, by Nigel Rooms, as the British theologian who is the closest to being a "missionary anthropologist."
In 2002, Percy co-founded the Society for the Study of Anglicanism with Tom Hughson, which meets annually at the American Academy of Religion and is now in a full partnership with Virginia Theological Seminary. Percy has served as chair of committee (the oversight body) for Cliff College – a Methodist Bible college in the evangelical-charismatic tradition – and also works with a number of other evangelical groups. He is a vice-president of Modern Church and has been a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford since 2004. From 2014 he has also taught for the Said Business School and for the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford.
Activism and viewsEdit
Percy is a social thinker, moralist and commentator, with his activism and writings addressing concerns for social justice and equality. Percy has spoken and written about the threat of schism in the Anglican Communion, arguing that churches should embrace the diversity of belief that exists, rather than allowing such divisions to result in separation. In anticipation of the October 2003 Anglican Communion Primates' Meeting, which took place in the wake of the ordination of Gene Robinson as Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, the Communion's first openly gay bishop, he wrote of the need for a "slight loosening of the ties", to avoid a divorce. Illustrating this, he described Anglicanism as an "archipelago – a connection of provincial islands that shares doctrinal, liturgical and cultural aspects", as opposed to being "one vast, catholic continent." He made similar remarks following Jeffrey John's withdrawal as Bishop of Reading, in July 2003, suggesting that the debate on gay rights should instead be shifted towards reflecting on the "more central gospel themes."
Percy has been critical of Justin Welby's leadership as Archbishop of Canterbury, in particular his "managerial" style. Percy described Welby's plans to send senior clergy on leadership courses, contained in the 2014 report of the Lord Green Steering Group, as showing a poor judgment of the church's priorities and lacking in theological understanding. He went on to say that Welby's targets for efficiency and growth were not reflective of the Christian mission, given that Jesus "didn't spend a lot of time going on about success."
In August 2016, Percy renewed his criticism of Welby, describing the direction he was leading the Church of England as being "driven by mission-minded middle managers" that alienated congregations and the wider British public. He also raised further concerns about plans to divert funding away from traditional rural parishes and towards evangelical inner-city churches, warning that "it will take more to save the Church of England than a blend of the latest management theory." Percy has also commented on an emerging theological anaemia among bishops in the Church of England, and highlighted the weaknesses and risks this poses for Anglican polity.
In an essay published in December 2015, Percy outlined his views on homosexuality, questioning the teaching that it is sinful and unnatural. Regarding the controversy surrounding the issue in the worldwide Anglican Communion, he noted that the church's position has alienated an increasingly progressive country, particularly the younger generation of Christians in Britain; he also called on Justin Welby to formally apologise for the church's role in introducing homophobic teachings to cultures across the British Empire, during the 19th century:
In 41 of the 53 countries within the British Commonwealth, homosexual conduct is still regarded as a serious crime. This categorisation and legal stigmatisation of homosexuality was largely 'made in England' in the nineteenth century, and imposed on cultures and emerging countries and that had not been, hitherto, homophobic. This is one of England's less wholesome exports. The Archbishop of Canterbury could begin the Primates' meeting by accepting responsibility for the part the Church of England has played in perpetrating this discrimination and the subsequent injustices – and publicly repenting of them.
Just days before the commencement of the January 2016 Anglican Communion Primates' Meeting, Percy joined with over 100 other senior Anglicans, including Alan Wilson (Bishop of Buckingham) and David Ison (Dean of St Paul's), in calling on archbishops Welby and Sentamu to acknowledge the failings of the Anglican Communion in its treatment of LGBTQ people. Following the decision of the primates to penalise the US Episcopal Church, for voting to redefine marriage at its 2015 General Convention, Percy expressed his disappointment. He went on to say that the meeting's statement regarding this action, "had nothing to say about LGBT Christians, and that's a lost opportunity."
In the wake of the United Kingdom EU membership referendum in June 2016, Percy has argued that a national "failure of liberal values" was made evident by the result. He has also suggested the need for a more "broad church" approach to British party politics, potentially in the form of a new centre-left party that is "authentically rooted in modern, progressive socialism, and equally true to modern, progressive, democratic liberal values."
Since 2015, Percy has been actively involved in the campaign to restore the reputation of Bishop George Bell, following the Church of England's decision to compensate a woman who claimed to have been sexually abused by Bell. He is a member of the George Bell Group and has published a number of key articles questioning the competence of those who have presumed Bell to be a perpetrator of abuse. A subsequent independent report by Lord Carlile of Berriew found that there was no basis in law for presuming that the allegations made against Bell could have been sustained.
In March 2018, Percy called for the church to develop an independent self-regulating authority to handle safeguarding issues, arguing that the churches can only be ultimately trusted as public bodies if they voluntarily relinquish some control over their own policies and practices.
Percy’s work on behalf of victims of sexual abuse in the church has continued alongside IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) reports focussing on the Church of England. This has included calling for better training and regulation in the churches, and greater fairness, justice and remedy for both the victims of abuse and those who may be falsely accused.
Following the General Synod's narrow rejection of a motion to legalise the ordination of women as bishops in November 2012, Percy wrote in The Daily Telegraph, criticising church leaders for failing to create sufficient consensus about the issue. He described the view of opponents to the motion as maintaining a "conceit of modern times" by their fundamentalist rejection of diversity. He also voiced the need for the church to be "transformed by the renewal of our minds" in its approach to the inclusion of women in the Anglican Communion, by moving towards a "new future".
In February 2017, he suggested that Bishop Philip North either decline his nomination as Bishop of Sheffield or renounce the views of The Society, a conservative body which does not recognise or receive the ministry of ordained women, or men ordained by women bishops. North later withdrew his acceptance of the nomination, citing "personal attacks". In a radio discussion of North's decision, Percy refuted the accusation that his position demonstrated a form of "liberal intolerance". He reasoned that resistance to discrimination is not equivalent to intolerance.
Percy has the distinction of being the only living theologian mentioned and quoted in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (chapter 55), where Sir Leigh Teabing says, "Everything you need to know about the Bible can be summed up by the great canon doctor Martyn Percy: 'The Bible did not arrive by fax from heaven.'"
Percy is married to Emma Percy, who is chaplain and fellow at Trinity College, Oxford, and together they have two sons. He is a member of the Labour Party, a teetotaler and a lifelong supporter of Everton Football Club. His hobbies include running, playing squash, cinema, and listening to jazz.
In addition to the work edited by Markham and Daniel Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy (2017) that focuses on Percy's theology, the Northern Irish Poet Peter McDonald's Five Psalms for Martyn Percy reworks Psalms 8, 25, 94, 98 and 114 in poetic form to explore aspects of Percy's life using elegy, lament, hope, justice and vindication.
|The Humble Church: Renewing the Body of Christ||SCM-Canterbury Press||2021||ISBN forthcoming|
|The SPCK Handbook of the Study of Ministry||SPCK||2019||ISBN 9780281081363||Edited with Ian Markham, Emma Percy and Francesca Po|
|Reasonable Radical?: Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy||Pickwick Publications||2018||ISBN 9781532617836||Edited by Ian Markham and Joshua Daniel|
|Untamed Gospel: Poems, Prose and Protests||Canterbury Press||2017||ISBN 9781848259904||Co-authored with Nigel Biggar, Jamie Coates, Jim Cotter, Sarah Foot, Carol Harrison, Sylvia Sands and Graham Ward|
|Clergy, Culture and Ministry The dynamics of Roles and Relations in Church and Society||SCM Press||2017||ISBN 9780334056188||Editor|
|The Future Shapes of Anglicanism: Currents, Contours, Charts||Routledge||2017||ISBN 9781472477170|
|The Oxford Handbook of Anglican Studies||Oxford University Press||2015||ISBN 9780199218561||Edited with Mark Chapman and Sathianathan Clarke|
|Curacies and How to Survive Them||SPCK||2015||ISBN 9780281073436||Co-authored with Matthew Caminer and Beaumont Stevenson|
|The Wisdom of the Spirit: Gospel, Church and Culture||Routledge||2014||ISBN 9781472435651||Edited with Pete Ward|
|The Bright Field: Meditations and Reflections for Ordinary Time||Canterbury Press||2014||ISBN 9781848256125||Editor|
|Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion||Routledge||2013||ISBN 9781409470366|
|Thirty Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith||Canterbury Press||2013||ISBN 9781848255258|
|The Ecclesial Canopy: Faith, Hope, Charity (Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empirical Theology)||Routledge||2012||ISBN 9781409441205|
|A Point of Balance: The Weight and Measure of Anglicanism||Canterbury Press||2011||ISBN 9780819228444||Edited with Robert Slocum|
|Shaping the Church: The Promise of Implicit Theology||Routledge||2010||ISBN 9780754666059|
|Apostolic Women, Apostolic Authority||Canterbury Press||2010||ISBN 9780819224507||Edited with Christina Rees|
|Christ and Culture: Communion After Lambeth||Canterbury Press||2010||ISBN 9780819227980||Editor|
|Evaluating Fresh Expressions||Canterbury Press||2008||ISBN 9781853118166||Edited with Louise Nelstrop|
|Darkness Yielding: Liturgies, Prayers and Reflections for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week and Easter||Canterbury Press||2007||ISBN 9781853118449||Co-authored with Jim Cotter, Sylvia Sands, William Hubert Vanstone and Rowan Williams|
|Clergy: The Origin of Species||Continuum International||2006||ISBN 9780826482877|
|Why Liberal Churches are Growing||T&T Clark||2006||ISBN 9780567081636||Edited with Ian Markham|
|Engaging with Contemporary Culture: Christianity, Theology and the Concrete Church||Routledge||2005||ISBN 9780754632597|
|The Character of Wisdom: Essays in Honour of Wesley Carr||Routledge||2004||ISBN 0754634183||Edited with Stephen Lowe|
|Fundamentalism, Church and Society||SPCK||2002||ISBN 0281051887||Edited with Ian Jones|
|The Salt of the Earth: Religious Resilience in a Secular Age||Continuum International||2001||ISBN 9781841270654||Re-published in Bloomsbury Academic Collection (2016)|
|Restoring the Image: Essays in Honour of David Martin||Sheffield Academic Press||2001||ISBN 1841270644||Edited with Andrew Walker|
|Previous Convictions: Conversion in the Present Day||SPCK||2000||ISBN 0281051801||Editor|
|Managing the Church? Order and Organisation in a Secular Age||Sheffield Academic Press||2000||ISBN 1841270628||Edited with Gillian Evans|
|Calling Time: Religion and Change at the Turn of the Millennium||Sheffield Academic Press||2000||ISBN 1841270636||Editor; re-published in Bloomsbury Academic Collection (2016)|
|Intimate Affairs: Sexuality and Spirituality in Perspective||Darton, Longman & Todd||1997||ISBN 0232522073||Editor|
|Power and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition||Cassell||1997||ISBN 9781441113580|
|Words, Wonders and Power: Understanding Contemporary Christian Fundamentalism and Revivalism||SPCK||1996||ISBN 9780281048557|
Key essays in edited booksEdit
|‘Religion, Mobilisation and Power’ in The International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Vol. 19||Elsevier||2001||ISBN 9780080430768|
|‘Whose Time is it Anyway? Evangelicals, the Millennium and Millenarianism' in Christian Millenarianism||Indiana University Press||2001||ISBN 9780253340139||Edited by Stephen Hunt|
|‘Falling Far Short: Taking Sin Seriously’ in Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics||Oxford University Press||2010||ISBN 9780199571833||Edited by Richard Harries and Stephen Platten|
|‘The Future of Religion’ in the Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare||Oxford University Press||2012||ISBN 9780199571390||Co-authored with Grace Davie, Edited by Mark R Cobb, Christina M Puchalski, and Bruce Rumbold|
|‘Jazz and Anglican Spirituality’ in Christian Congregational Music: Performance, Identity, Experience||Routledge||2013||ISBN 9781409466024||Edited by Monique Ingalls, Carolyn Landau & Tom Wagner|
|‘The Anatomy of Fundamentalism’ in Fundamentalisms: Threats and Ideologies in the Modern World||I.B.Tauris||2015||ISBN 9781780769509||Edited by James Dunn|
|‘Protestantism’ in The Handbook of Christian Movements||Brill||2015||ISBN 9789004265394||Edited by Stephan Hunt|
|‘Class, Ethnicity and Education: Leadership, Congregations and the Sociology of Anglicanism’ in The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Volume IV: Global Western Anglicanism, c. 1910-present||Oxford University Press||2017||ISBN 9780199641406||Edited by Jeremy Morris|
|’The Household of Faith: Anglican Obliquity and the Lambeth Conference’ in The Lambeth Conference and the Anglican Communion||Bloomsbury||2017||ISBN 9780567662316||Edited by Paul Avis and Benjamin Guyer|
|‘Mood, Identity and Character in Anglican Congregations’ in Theologically-Engaged Anthropology||Oxford University Press||2018||ISBN 9780198797852||Edited by J.Derrick Lemons|
|‘A Critical Theology of Megachurches’ in Handbook of Megachurches||Brill||2019||ISBN 9789004399884||Edited by Stephen Hunt|
|‘Christmas in the Anglican Tradition’ in The Oxford Handbook of Christmas||Oxford University Press||2020||ISBN 9780198831464||Edited by Timothy Larsen|
|‘Bread and Honey: Social Flourishing and the Economics of Mutuality' in Putting Purpose into Practice: The Economics of Mutuality||Oxford University Press||2021||ISBN 9780198870708||Edited by Colie Meyer & Bruno Roche|
Percy is the founding commissioning senior editor for three current book series with the publisher Routledge. The Explorations in Practical and Pastoral Theology Series (since 2002, with Jeff Astley, Leslie Francis and Nicola Slee – to date, 50 publications); the Contemporary Ecclesiology Series (since 2010 with Bruce Kaye and Tom Hughson SJ – to date, 20 publications); and the Congregational Music Studies Series (since 2016, with Monique Ingalls, Zoe Sherinian and Mark Porter – to date, 10 publications). From 2010-2014, Percy was commissioning series editor with Ian Markham for the Canterbury Press Studies in Anglicanism (comprising 7 edited volumes).
- Percy, Martyn William (1993). "Signs, Wonders and Church Growth": The Theme of Power in Contemporary Christian Fundamentalism with Special Reference to the Works of John Wimber (PhD thesis). London: King's College, London. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
- "Christ Church Dean Steps Down From Duties After Long Running Feud With Governing Body". Diocese of Oxford. 1 November 2020.
- Coleman, Simon (2016). Abby Day (ed.). "Locating the Church". Contemporary Issues in the Worldwide Communion. Routledge: 213–228.
- Cornwell, Peter (25 October 2013). "Quiet, please". Times Literary Supplement. p. 29.
- "Percy, Martyn William". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2019 (1 December 2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 27 January 2019. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- "Percy's rocky road to enlightenment". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
- "Martyn William Percy". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
- "Our History". www.rcc.ac.uk. Ripon College Cuddesdon.
- "College chapel shortlisted for top architecture award". Oxford Mail. 20 July 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
- Mark, Laura (10 February 2015). "Four Stirling Prize finalists make Mies van der Rohe shortlist". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
- Townsend, Lucy (16 September 2013). "Stirling Prize: Bishop Edward King Chapel". BBC News Magazine. BBC.
- "Deanery of Christ Church, Oxford: Reverend Canon Professor Martyn Percy". Government of the United Kingdom. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Christ Church Cathedral e-newsletter" (Autumn 2014). 2014. Archived from the original (swf) on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- "Oxford College in Turmoil over Priestly Pay Row". The Financial Times. 5 March 2019.
- "Martyn Percy, dean of Christ Church, comes to grief in heart of stuffy Oxbridge". Sunday Times. 4 November 2018.
- Madeleine Davies (5 November 2018). "Dean of Oxford, Martyn Percy, faces removal from office". Church Times.
- Harriet Sherwood (17 November 2018). "Reformist dean at Oxford 'medieval fiefdom' is being bullied, supporters claim". The Guardian.
- Angela Tilby (16 November 2018). "A reforming dean may be unpopular". Church Times.
- Rosemary Bennett and Kaya Burgess (29 January 2019). "Dean's 'immoral conduct' was a pay row, admits Christ Church college, Oxford". The Times.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- "Tribunal outcome: Christ Church statement".
- Harriet Sherwood (22 August 2019). "Suspended dean of Oxford college to be reinstated". The Guardian.
- "Christ Church employment tribunal on hold until autumn 2021 at the earliest". Church Times. 21 February 2020.
- Andrew Billen, Rosemary Bennett (3 March 2020). "Christ Church Oxford tries to silence defence of dean". The Guardian.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- " "Dean of Christ Church can return to work after tribunal dismisses complaint". Church Times. 21 August 2019.
- Tominey, Camilla (21 May 2020). "Oxford Dean row reignites as trustees calling for his removal say he has 'lack of moral compass'". The Telegraph.
- Turner, Camilla (8 January 2021). "Dean of Christ Church faces fresh attempt to be ousted". The Telegraph.
- "Update on Safeguarding".
- "Statement on Christ Church, Oxford".
- Billen, Andrew (9 January 2021). "'Oxford College accused of toxic bid'". The Times. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
- "Statement in response to media interest". www.chch.ox.ac.uk. Christ Church, Oxford University. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
- "Complainant in Percy case says she acted alone". The Church Times. 5 February 2021.
- "Christ Church Publishes Independent Review". 10 March 2021.
- "Dean of Oxford college steps aside in long-running dispute". The Guardian. 18 November 2020.
- "Statement regarding the Dean of Christ Church". Christ Church. University of Oxford. 18 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
- "Dean Percy allegation does not warrant a CDM tribunal, judge rules". churchtimes.co.uk. 1 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
- Mark Vasey-Saunders (2015). The Scandal of Evangelicals and Homosexuality: English Evangelical Texts, 1960–2010. Routledge.
- Walton, Andy (11 February 2016). "Evangelical college stands by decision to invite liberal professor to preach". Christian Today. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Percy, Martyn (February 2010). "Why Liberal Churches are Growing?" (PDF). Affirming Liberalism.
The prayer then, for all liberals in the third Millennium, is that we will continue to recover and rediscover the graciously liberal God
- Martyn Percy (2013). Anglicanism: Confidence, Commitment and Communion. Routledge.
- Martyn Percy (2013). Thirty-Nine New Articles: An Anglican Landscape of Faith. Canterbury Press.
- Gavin D'Costa (June 2008). "Engaging with Contemporary Culture". International Journal of Public Theology. 2 (3): 162.
- Ian S. Markham (2018). Reasonable Radical? Reading the Writings of Martyn Percy. Pickwick Publications.
- Mark Vasey-Saunders (2015). The Scandal of Evangelicals and Homosexuality: English Evangelical Texts, 1960–2010. Routledge.
- Walton, Andy (11 February 2016). "Evangelical college stands by decision to invite liberal professor to preach". Christian Today. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- Martyn Percy (1997). Power and the Church: Ecclesiology in an Age of Transition. Cassell.
- Nigel Rooms (2012). "Deep listening: A call for missionary anthropology". Theology. Sage Publications. 115 (2): 99–108. doi:10.1177/0040571X11430896. S2CID 146949684.
- "Who we are". Modern Church. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Martyn Percy (4 November 2006). "Face to faith". The Guardian.
- Martyn Percy (11 October 2003). "Breaking up is hard to do". The Guardian.
- Martyn Percy (12 July 2003). "Call off the canon fire". The Guardian.
- Martyn Percy (2017). The Future of Shapes of Anglicanism: Currents, Contours, Charts. Routledge Publishing.
- "Talent Management for Future Leaders and Leadership Development for Bishops and Deans: A New Approach" (PDF). Church of England. September 2014.
- Barney Thompson (17 December 2014). "Church of England management courses overlook God, say critics". Financial Times.
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