|The Revd Canon
|Canon Chancellor of St Paul's, 2009-11|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of London|
|In office||2009 – October 2011|
|Other posts||Founder and President, Inclusive Church|
|Ordination||1993 (deacon); 1994 (priest)|
|Birth name||Giles Anthony Fraser|
|Born||27 November 1964|
|Parents||Anthony and Gillian Fraser|
|Children||Two daughters, one son|
|Occupation||Clerk in Holy Orders|
|Alma mater||Newcastle University|
Giles Anthony Fraser (born 27 November 1964) is a priest of the Church of England and a journalist. He is currently the parish priest at St Mary's, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, London, and writes a weekly Saturday column for The Guardian, as well as appearing frequently on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular contributor on Thought for the Day and a panellist on The Moral Maze. He is visiting professor in the anthropology department at the London School of Economics. He was previously Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and director of the St Paul’s Institute from 2009 until his resignation in October 2011. As Canon Chancellor, Fraser fulfilled the role of a canon residentiary with special responsibility for contemporary ethics and engagement with the City of London as a financial centre.
Life and career
Fraser's father was Jewish and his mother from a Christian background, and Fraser himself was circumcised according to Jewish tradition. He was educated at a fee-paying Christian school (Uppingham) and became a Christian. He has been involved in social and political advocacy and according to the Daily Telegraph "would be the first to admit that he is fond of the sound of his own voice".
Fraser attended Newcastle University, Ripon College Cuddesdon and the University of Lancaster where he received his PhD in 1999 entitled: Holy Nietzsche experiments in redemption. He was ordained as a deacon in 1993 and as a priest in 1994, serving as the curate of All Saints in Streetly from 1993 to 1997. From 1997 to 2006, he was a chaplain and then a lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford. He is the author or co-author of several books and is a specialist on the writings of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
In October 2011, Occupy London based their protest outside St Paul's. Fraser said that he was happy for people to "exercise their right to protest peacefully" outside the cathedral. Fraser resigned as he could not sanction any policy of the chapter of St Paul's to use force to remove the protesters. Fraser has said that it was "a huge matter of regret to leave" St Paul's. "But not for one moment have I thought that I did the wrong thing."
- Thinking Anglicans – Giles Fraser becomes a canon of St Paul's
- The Independent – Giles Fraser: 'I've spent my life on the naughty step' Retrieved 30 January 2012
- "Fraser, Rev. Canon Dr Giles Anthony", Who's Who
- Jones, Sam (1 April 2012). "Former canon of St Paul's appointed parish priest at inner-city church". The Guardian.
- Fraser, Giles (2012-07-17). "This German circumcision ban is an affront to Jewish and Muslim identity". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
- Thompson, Damian (28 October 2011). "Giles Fraser: The Church's own radical cleric will still have a voice". The Daily Telegraph (London).
- 'Goodbye: I am letting anger drop', Church Times, 8 February 2013
- "Fraser GA". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 27 September 2013. (Subscription required)
- Hunt, Tristram (26 October 2007). "Tristram Hunt on the Putney debates of 1647". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 October 2011.
- Davies, Caroline (16 October 2011). "Occupy London protest continues into second day". The Guardian (London).
- Rusbridger, Alan (27 October 2011). "Canon of St Paul's 'unable to reconcile conscience with evicting protest camp". The Guardian.
- Thornton, Ed (12 October 2012) "Still preocuppied by Occupy", Church Times
- Writing for The Guardian
- St Paul's Cathedral website
- The Jewish Chronicle: The Anglican Priest who had a bris
- Daily Telegraph: Pro-gay Vicar of Putney made an African Canon
- Putney Debates: Permanent exhibition sited inside St Mary’s Church, Putney