Book Launch with Mary Grey

Mary Grey launched her new book ‘The Resurrection of Peace’ at Sarum College Bookshop in January.

Following the pattern of a journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, Mary Grey’s new book offers biblical inspiration for the search for peace and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine. Along the way, Mary Grey explores core Christian concepts of redemption, atonement and resurrection, pursuing a spirituality of perseverance and steadfastness (sumud) derived from Middle Eastern Christians.

Full of real-life stories of people living through conflict in well-known Holy Land locations, and with helpful discussion questions at the end of each chapter, The Resurrection of Peace is sure to stimulate both thought and action during Lent and Easter, and beyond.

Mary Grey is a Roman Catholic liberation theologian, and Visiting Professor  at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London, and Honorary Professor at the University of Winchester. Her new book, The Resurrection of Peace, is a companion and follow-up to The Advent of Peace, (SPCK 2010).


And Then the Heaven Espy: Sarum Exhibition Features in Church Times

Alex Hoare’s Triptych in Kilnformed Glass

Sarum College’s contemporary glass exhibition Through a Glass Darkly features in 9 November issue of Church Times.

The article includes the following excerpts.

“At Sarum College, it is believed that art should not be isolated in a sterile gallery, but should surround people in the daily life; and so the pieces are placed in the communal areas around the college.”

“The seven artists featured, all masters in the field of glass art and ecclesiastical art, have presented not only an enormous variety of colours, shapes, and designs, but a diversity of philosophical attitudes to expressing faith and hope in the ultimate light.”

To read the full article visit the Church Times website (subscription required). Sarum College’s Through a Glass Darkly exhibition is free and open daily until 3 December.

Sarum College Welcomes Theology Students from Otani University, Japan

Otani University students at Sarum College

Otani University students at Sarum CollegeSarum College welcomed a delegation of Japanese theology students this week as part of a study tour of the UK.

The group, from Otani University in Kyoto, visited St Andrew’s Church in Bemerton where George Herbert was Rector for the last three years of his life. The student programme also included sessions with Jeremy Davies, former Precenter at Salisbury Cathedral (pictured far left) and with staff from the Southern Theological Training and Education Scheme (STETS), Principal David Holgate and Judith Rossall, Vice Principal for Reflective Practice (both pictured right).

Enjoy the Christmas Season in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close

Christmas lights in salisbury

Christmas lights in salisburyGet into the Christmas spirit with a mini-break in Salisbury. Stay at Sarum College in the beautiful and peaceful Cathedral Close and enjoy music, shopping and special Christmas events throughout the city.

Bed & Breakfast from £63 for an en-suite room.
To make your booking email or telephone 01722 424800.

For a full listing of Christmas events, visit the Christmas in Salisbury website. Here are a few highlights…

Special Events

Lantern Procession to the Christmas Market – 6pm start. More than 100 lanterns will process though the streets of Salisbury to the Christmas market for the official opening ceremony.

Christmas Lights – See the city lights being switched on with a special ceremony, Thursday 22 November, 6pm in the market square.

Darkness to Light – Salisbury Cathedral’s spectacular Advent Procession – for some, an unmissable start to the Christmas season – will be held on Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 December at 7pm and Sunday 2 December at 5pm. The event begins with the Cathedral in total darkness and silence as the single Advent Candle is lit. By the end the whole interior of the magnificent building is bathed in the light of 1300 candles.

Tower Tour and Evensong – A lovely way to see Salisbury City’s Christmas Lights from above. Start with a Tower Tour at 4.30pm, which includes a guided tour of the Cathedral and Chapter House with Magna Carta before climbing 332 steps to the base of the Cathedral spire. Follow this with an Evensong service sung by the superb Cathedral Choir.


Group Carol Concerts – Tuesday 11 and Friday 14 December, 2.00pm
Traditional carols, seasonal refreshments of hot mulled wine and delicious mince pies in the cloisters immediately after the service.

A Christmas Celebration‘ – Wednesday 12 December, 7.30pm
Salisbury Cathedral Choir with John Challenger on organ, directed by David Halls.
A special concert of favourite Christmas readings and music.

Choral Concert – Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm
Salisbury Musical Society and Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra play Bach’s Magnificat and Howard Blake’s Benedictus, directed by David Halls – hear two choral masterpieces separated by two and a half centuries.


shops at night

The Salisbury Christmas market opens on Thursday 29 November and continues through Sunday 16 December. Details

Late-night shopping begins on Thursday 22 November, after the Christmas Lights ceremony at 6pm in the market square. Many of the city’s shops are open until 9pm on the Thursdays before Christmas, and  Sarum College Bookshop joins them on November 29th.

Have a happy and blessed Christmas from all of us at Sarum College.

Book of the Month: November 2012

‘Encircling the Christian Year: Liturgies and reflections for the seasons of the Church’ by Barbara Mosse (2012)

In her introduction to this engaging work Jane Williams writes that “we have almost forgotten, in our day-to-day life, what it is like to live by patterns and rhythms that come not by choice but by the nature of the reality we live in”.  Barbara Mosse has rectified this by presenting a text which helps  the reader to prayer in a cycle over the entire Christian year.

For each Sunday and many of the major feast days of the year she provides scripture readings, reflections and prayers which express the themes of the seasons and carry the scripture into daily life.  Often prayer becomes a duty when we depart from natural patterns and rhythms, but Encircling the Christian Year helps the reader return to a realization that the seasons contain a cycle which reflects our personal experience in daily life.

The author has chosen the readings from all three of the liturgical years and the book can easily be used by either an individual or a group.  Each entry is designed for  the length  of  time  for significant prayer, but  not so long that it will not fit comfortably into the schedule of a busy life.

Designing one’s prayers around the seasons assists the reader to  pray in ways that are far from artificial since the rhythms of the year become an integral part of one’s response to the word of God in each day’s  selection  the reflections and prayers seem to have a spontaneity which arise from the readings naturally.  Periods of darkness and dryness often frighten one who attempts  regular prayer, but they are natural to seasons such as autumn and winter.  It is this return to the nature of the revolving seasons that is the strongest element of this most practical book .

Reviewed by Br Patrick Moore.

Published by BRF, Encircling the Christian Year is normally priced at £9.99.  Mention the website to order a copy at the special price of £8.99 and POST FREE from Sarum College Bookshop until November 30th 2012.