Beneath A Travelling Star: Book Launch with Timothy Dudley-Smith

beneath-a-travelling-star-cover-web-ptJoin Sarum College Bookshop and the Royal School of Church Music for an afternoon of contemporary hymns and carols for Christmas from Timothy Dudley-Smith’s new book.

Friday 9 December at 3pm

Bishop Timothy is the author of around 400 hymn texts, many set to traditional tunes. Copies of his new book, Beneath a Travelling Star will be on sale.

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Lectionary Reading Blog for 11 December: 3rd Sunday of Advent

LiturgyandSpiritualityIn the NRSV translation verse four sounds odd: say to the “fearful of heart” God will come with vengeance (and save you).

In Hebrew the word for ‘fearful’ comes from the verb mahar which means “hasten” or “hurry” used a lot as “quickly”. As an adjective it might mean speedy, swift or hurried. I wonder whether the “hurried heart” is maybe an impatient heart that cannot wait for God to come? It could also be a heart like a modern diary so full that every thought and emotion rushes through it without having time to enjoy God’s presence. Maybe the “hasty heart” is a heart that has no time to stop and stare: to be attentive to what is actually happening. John Goldingay (2001, 197) in his commentary (NIBC) thinks it is a heart jumping in fear.

The reverse of this “speedy heart” in Isaiah 35 is joy. The passage brims over with delight having six different words to express joy, gaiety, gladness, rejoicing, making a joyful noise. And it does gladden the heart to hear what God’s vengeance is like: opening for the blind, unstopping for the deaf, leaping for the lame, singing for the voiceless, water in the wilderness and a highway: a road to go home on.

11 December 2016
Isaiah 35:1-10

This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Coordinator for the Centre for Encountering the Bible and Director of Studies for the Centre for Formation in Ministry.

Lectionary Reading Blog for 4 December: 2nd Sunday of Advent

LiturgyandSpiritualityI wonder whether Paul had this verse in mind when he wrote 1Cor. 12: 8 “To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge…”

The church as the inheritor of the Davidic and messianic promise, together – as the body of Christ – we embody that promise. Can this be true? The image of the animals being in harmony might be the image and metaphor for the poor and the meek from verse 4 not having to fear the strong and the mighty.

In Advent we nurture a desire and longing for justice and faithfulness, a longing for good will and for knowledge of the Lord. That longing and waiting is mirrored in this reading. But in our waiting and in our hearing this reading do we also hear a call to live the harmony we hope for? Is it a call to use the royal belts of righteousness and faithfulness to keep our own clothes in order? What is the spirit (ruah) that we have received (v.2)? What words will our breath (ruah) carry (v.4)? How can we make the fear of the Lord our delight?

4 December 2016
Isaiah 11:1-10

This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Programme Leader for Lifelong Learning at Sarum College.

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The Way of Christ-Likeness: Book Launch with Michael Perham

web-vJoin Sarum College Bookshop for the launch of Michael Perham’s latest book, The Way of Christ-Likeness.

Thursday 15 December at 4.30pm

This practical and theological companion to Lent, Holy Week and Easter offers advice on creatively using the church’s most dramatic and transformative liturgies. It explores how commemorating Jesus’ death and resurrection is more than a reminder of the essentials of our faith, but also enables us to enter the familiar stories and discover their power to make us more Christlike in the painful events of life.

Michael Perham was Bishop of Gloucester until 2014. He is a former member of The Church of England Liturgical Commission, and is now Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Salisbury, and Visiting Scholar at Sarum College. He is the author of a number of books on the study and practice of liturgy.

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Advent and Christmas Books in the Library

We have lots of resources in the library to help you celebrate and reflect on Advent  and Christmas.  These are just a few of the books you might like.  Click on the title to go to the catalogue record.

LEWIN, Ann, Come Emmanuel. Approaching Advent, Living with Christmas (Norwich: Canterbury, 2012).
MCDOWELL, Hilary, On the Way to Bethlehem (Oxford: The Bible Reading Fellowship, 1998).
THOMSON, David, Christmas by Candlelight : Readings and Reflections From Advent to Epiphany (Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2006).
VERMèS, Géza, The Nativity : History and Legend (London: Penguin, 2006).
BARTLETT, David L and Barbara Brown TAYLOR, eds, Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Year a, Volume 1, Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, 1 (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2010).
 Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas (Farmington (PA): Plough Publishing House, 2001).
BORG, Marcus J. and John Dominic CROSSAN, The First Christmas : What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Birth (London: SPCK, 2008).
COTTER, Jim, and others, Darkness Yielding : Liturgies, Prayers and Reflections for Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007).
DUNCAN, Geoffrey, Shine on, Star of Bethlehem : A Worship Resource for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, 3rd edn (Norwich: Canterbury, 2004).
GOODER, Paula, Journey to the Manger: Exploring the Birth of Jesus (Norwich: Canterbury, 2015).
GOODER, Paula, The Meaning is in the Waiting: The Spirit of Advent (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008).
GRAYSTONE, Ruth, Reviving Advent, Reclaiming Christmas, Grove Spirituality, S134 (Cambridge: Grove books, 2015).
GREY, Mary C., The Advent of Peace : A Gospel Journey to Christmas (London: SPCK, 2010).
HORTON, Jacqui and Susanna GUNNER, Hosting Mary and Joseph : Posada: An Advent Experience for Your Community (Cambridge: Grove books, 2016).
LEONARD, Chris, The Heart of Christmas : Daily Readings and Reflections From Advent to Epiphany (Oxford: The Bible Reading Fellowship, 2001).

Lectionary Reading Blog for 27 November: 1st Sunday of Advent

LiturgyandSpirituality“Isaiah saw a word”.

This is not a description of reading; it might be a description of understanding.

Isaiah describes the word he sees to us in pictures. The introduction claims that the word he saw was about Jerusalem and Judah.

The word I see when I read his description is more about the mountain of God and the nations. They climb the mountain of God to be able, like Isaiah and us, to see the word of God. God’s ways, his paths: God’s Torah (in the NRSV translated as instruction). It is a word that judges and arbitrates; it is a word that brings peace. Clearly law (Torah), judgement and peace are closely interrelated. A combination we might feel uncomfortable with. Judgement is not the first thing to associate with peace except of course if it is war that is being judged. The image that Isaiah etches on our hearts is the swords that are turned into ploughshares. A judgement indeed!

I wonder: do we ever see the word of God? And if we do: what do we see? The Torah of God that teaches the nations to walk the way of war no more? And how does that look today in Mosul?

27 November 2016
Isaiah 2:1-5

This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anna-Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Programme Leader for Lifelong Learning at Sarum College.

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New Library Books – October 2016

The Spiritual Practice of Remembering Margaret Bendroth 2013
A Gospel Pageant: A Reader s Guide to the Book of Revelation Allan Chapple 2015
Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing Helen Cameron 2012
A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit: Bible, Doctrine, Experience Anthony C. Thiselton 2016
Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World-and Our Preaching-Is Changing David J. Lose 2013
Jesus Monotheism: Volume One – Christological Origins: The Emerging Consensus and Beyond Crispin Fletcher-Louis 2016
The Reluctant Leader Peter Shaw 2016
Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding Diarmuid O’Murchu 2016
The Gift of Leadership Steven Croft 2016
Befriending Our Desires Philip Sheldrake 2016
Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present Andrew Louth 2015
Transformational Leadership (Lcwr-Leadership Conference of Women Religious) Annmarie Sanders 2015
Three Wise Men from the East: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Struggle for Orthodoxy Patrick Whitworth 2015

Please contact the library if you would like to borrow any of these.

The Development of Ethical Leaders: ESRC Seminar at Sarum College

Geoff Moore, Karen Blakeley, Eve Poole and Tom Stables where amongst the speakers at the ESRC seminar, The Development of Ethical Leaders, held at Sarum College on Friday 21 October.

This nine-part Economic and Social Research Council seminar series aimed to stimulate debate and innovative thinking about how to develop policies and practices for ethical leadership.

The seminar at Sarum College, the last in the series, was the culmination of a two-year series which saw seminars take place at KPMG, Bristol Zoo, University of Exeter, University of Birmingham, Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool.

Videos from each of the talks at Sarum College can be viewed below or on our YouTube page.

Professor Andy Henley, Cardiff Business Schoool

Christian Belief, Christian Ethics and Good Leadership

Professor Geoff Moore, Durham University Business School

The Romance, Sacralisation and Scapeboating of Leaders:
A MacIntyrean Corrective to a Girardian Perspective

Dr Karen Blakeley, Winchester Business School

Developing Ethical Leaders and the Knowing-Doing Gap: Lessons from Spirituality

Dr Eve Poole, Activist Theologian

Characters and Caricatures? Why We Need Leaders of Good Character

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express UK Coach

Ethical Leadership in Practice


Lectionary Reading Blog for 20 November: Christ The King

LiturgyandSpiritualityA king who dies on a cross and a criminal who is the first to recognise and witness that it is not in spite of the cross but because of the cross that this king is enthroned.

Christ is a king who receives his kingdom through innocent suffering. He receives the throne in the act of giving up his life in the act of letting go. What does that teach us about the kind of kingship and leadership that God gives and seeks?

On the surface it seems the radical opposite of any earthly kingship. It does not only relinquish life, it relinquishes responsibility and presence and authority. This kingship is utterly different from any earthly form of ruling even ‘servant leadership’ does not come close.

But this Christ this unlikely king does remember people in his kingdom and invites them to his garden. Paradise (paradeisos) a word that only comes three times in the whole New Testament (2 Cor. 12:4 and Rev 2:7) is an ancient Persian word meaning ‘enclosure, garden, park’. By later Jews it was thought to be that part of Hades in which the pious souls awaited the resurrection.

20 November 2016
Luke 23:33-43

This weekly blog on one of the lectionary readings is by Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, Programme Leader for Lifelong Learning at Sarum College.

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Bookshop Bestsellers: October 2016

Sarum College Bookshop1. Common Worship Lectionary 2016-2017, Church House Publishing £4.99

2. The Real Advent Calendar by the Meaningful Chocolate Company, £3.99

3. Listening to Your Life by Julia Mourant, Canterbury Press Norwich, £12.99

4. Advent for Everyone: A Journey Through Matthew by Tom Wright, SPCK £8.99

5. CW: Shorter Morning and Evening Prayer by Church House Publishing, £12.99

6. SPCK Common Worship and Book of Common Prayer Lectionary 2016-2017, SPCK  £4.99

7. O Come O Come Emmanuel by John Cox, Kevin Mayhew £9.99

8.  Being Disciples by Rowan Williams, SPCK £8.99

9.  Reflections for Daily Prayer 2016-2017, Church House Publishing £16.99

10. Church Book and Desk Diary 2017, Canterbury Press Norwich £19.99