Congratulations to Sarum College’s Class of 2015!

Congratulations to Sarum College’s 2015 graduates!

MA Degree
Kenneth Henry Barnes
Rachel Bussey
Sheila Margaret Cox
Helen Drever
Kate Martine Edwards
Mary Hanna
Simon Martin Helme
Jonathan Michael How
Paul Harvey Howlett
Alison Margaret Mackenzie
Marie Esther Mackrell
Janice Anne Morgan
Christopher Newbery
Vanda Perrett
Kathryn Pike
Andrew Robert Pottage
Wendy Kathleen Pugh
Vince Rodriguez
Ruth Olutomi Samson
Jane Elizabeth Shaw
Nicola Frances Stevens
David James Waller
David John Wallingford
Jane Elizabeth Willis

Postgraduate Diploma
Jill Adam
Susan Ann Hyland
Thomas John Peacock
Anthony Joseph Palmer (Posthumous)
Norma Payne
Heather Rosemary Phillips
Hilary Olive Mary Spurgeon

Postgraduate Certificate
Karen Jane Gardiner
Susan Alison Shah

For more information about Sarum’s learning programmes, visit our prospective students page, email  or telephone 01722 424820.

Call for Papers: Taizé Symposium at Sarum College

Leaders of the established Christian churches—popes, metropolitans, archbishops of Canterbury—would visit with amazement. They could not understand how, as the world turned unremittingly secular and their own churches dwindled down to congregations of old women, one monastery in France could be crammed with the noisy, enthusiastic, back-packing young … Pope John Paul II called Taizé “a spring of water”.

The Economist, August 25, 2005

TaizéLogoWebLSSarum College is the venue for an academic symposium that will explore and review the significance of the Taizé Community.

This event is organised to mark the 75th year since the founding of the Taizé community in 1940 and the centenary anniversary of the birth of its founder, Brother Roger.

The symposium aims to create the opportunity to assemble a wide variety of contributors whose work and study relates to the unique phenomenon of the Taizé Community. It is hoped that a selection of the papers will result in a publication.

Proposals for papers are invited which will provoke engagement with the Taizé Community. Long (35 minutes) and short (20 minutes) papers are welcome on the following or other related topics:

  • The life and work of Brother Roger Schütz
  • Taizé and reconciliation in the post-2nd World War period
  • The influence and life of Taizé brothers e.g. Max Thurian
  • Taizé and its liturgical life e.g. music, communal daily prayer, silence
  • Taizé and its attraction for young people
  • Taizé and Christian witness in secularised society
  • Taizé as a monastic community
  • Taizé as a place of pilgrimage
  • The relationship of Taizé to historic Christian traditions
  • Taizé worldwide e.g. ‘Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth’
  • Taizé as a community of virtues
  • Commentators on Taizé e.g. Olivier Clément, Paul Ricouer

Short abstracts of up to 250 words, accompanied by a brief (up to 100 words) author biography are to be sent to James Steven:

Proposals are to be submitted by Monday 5 September 2015.

Click here for more information about how to book for the symposium.

Press Pause at Sarum College and Win a Free Break

Nourishing-the-Human-SpiritNeed to ‘Press Pause’? Sarum College in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close is an ideal base for time out in county with timeless treasures to enjoy.

You might even try your luck at winning a free break.  Find details on this Visit Wiltshire competition along with lots of ideas for taking time out in Wiltshire.

Contact us by email ( or telephone +44 (0)1722 424800 to make a booking for accommodation, conference space and catering services.

An Evening with Catherine Fox

CatherineFox_ptCome and meet Catherine Fox, author of Acts and Omissions, the wickedly funny novel of life in a Cathedral city, written from the inside.

Thursday 16 July at 6.30pm

Catherine describes herself as an author, Dean’s wife, lecturer at Manchester Metropoliton Univeristy and a Judo black belt. Her new novel Unseen Things Above was published earlier this month by SPCK.

Tickets £3 to include a glass of wine and 10% off any book purchases
Call in for tickets or reserve by emailing or phoning 01722 326899

Bookshop Bestsellers: May 2015

Sarum College Bookshop

1. Simply Good News by Tom Wright, SPCK £9.99 

2. Wrestling with a Godly Order edited by James Steven, Sarum College Press £18.99

3. Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr, SPCK £10.99

4. Like a Tramp, Like a Pilgrim by Harry Bucknall, Bloomsbury £16.99

5. Being Christian by Rowan Williams, SPCK £7.99

6. In the Dolphin’s Wake by Harry Bucknall, Bene Factum Publishing Ltd £7.99

7. Universal Heart: The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taize by Kathryn Spink, SPCK £12.99

8. The Book of Forgiving by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, HarperCollins Publishers £8.99

9. Sounding the Seasons by Malcolm Guite, Canterbury Press Norwich £9.99

10. Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins (4) by James Runcie, Bloomsbury £14.99

Book of the Month: June 2015

9780804140942Between the Dark and the Daylight by Joan Chittister

I am busy at the moment embarking upon a major exercise of downsizing in preparation for my move to Sarum. This must include books! The process is illuminating. What do we attach ourselves to? All this ‘stuff’ faces me with the paradoxes and contradictions of living and even confronts me with some quite disturbing questions about attachment, loss and the inevitability of change.

This is the context within which I read this book. Some books emerge as offering us just what we might need when a life faces us with deeper questions, our frustrations and fears. We ignore this at our peril! Embracing the essential contradictoriness of life is the essence of what it might mean to flourish.

Chittister is a wise, humane and honest spiritual guide. In 32 short chapters she faces her reader with life as it is; materialism, loneliness, doubt, insecurity, failure, noise, distraction and much more. Faith offers no escape but a deeper wrestling with life. The book draws deeply upon the Christian tradition to enable and empower the search for wisdom in the geography of our loving. She describes those liminal spaces where human beings best grow with disarming common sense. Optimism is rooted deep within the soil of a realism about the journey into those darker places of what makes us hurt. In this struggle prayer lies at the heart of the transformation.

This really is an extraordinary book and no reader will be disappointed. However I am challenged to ask how far the community of the Church can live and share this wisdom when so much of its organisational life seems so unfocused and distracted. Can we recover our pastoral heart and listen more carefully to our questions and experiences? Indeed how might we work together in imaginative ways of nourishing the human spirit?

In this task Chittisher is a voice we shall want to listen to.

Reviewed by James Woodward

Special price of £12.49 in the shop (posted out for free) or £10.49 + postage from until 3oth June 2015. RRP £13.49.