Beth Dodd Appointed Research Associate

Congratulations to Dr Beth Dodd, Director of Online Learning for the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry, who has been appointed as a Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, based at Regent’s Park College in Oxford.

In her Research Associate role, Beth hopes to develop research in theology, poetry and poetics.

Speaking about her new appointment, which Beth will undertake alongside her role at Sarum, she says:

‘I am very pleased to have the opportunity to develop my work in theology, poetry and lyric theory through the connection with OCCC. I am looking forward to the new connections and fresh perspectives this will bring to the learning at Sarum College.’

Centuries-old Bibles Part of Secret Library Display

Here’s a sample of some of the treasures you’ll find in the Sarum College Library as part of Libraries Week.

Jayne Downey, Sarum College Librarian, also has compiled ‘The Bible in English – A Potted History’ The Bible in English or available in the library.

(Bible – 1545)
Biblia. Quid in hac editione praestitum sit, vide in ea quam Operi Praeposuimus, ad Lectorem Epistola.
Luteliae, ex Officina Roberti Stephani, typographi, regii, MDXLV. Cum Privilegio Regis.

The Bible. For whatever is proposed in this edition, refer to the preface, the letter to the reader.

The preface states that this version is a faithful translation into Latin from the Hebrew of the Old Testament and the Greek of the Apocrypha. (It does not include the New Testament). There is a summary of biblical themes with reference both to the O.T. and the N.T.

The Historie of the Holy Warre, by Thomas Fuller, B.D., Prebendarie of Sarum, late of Sidney College in Cambridge.

Printed by Thomas Buck, one of the printers to the Universitie of Cambridge.  1639.

A history of the Holy Land form the sack of Jerusalem by Titus in 72 CE down to the final defeat of the Christians in 1291.  A supplement discusses related events and issues.  The frontispiece illustrates the course of the Crusades.  (“We went out full but returned empty”) and there is a map of the Holy Land.

Thomas Fuller (1608 – 1661) was a prolific and erudite author, a Royalist who suffered during the Commonwealth but was restored to his livings and his prebend in 1660.  (New DNB Vol.21. pp. 159-163).


Ecclesia Restaurata: or, the History of the Reformation of the Church of England: Conth lots of notes – 1661)taining the Beginning, Progress and Successes of it;  the Counsels, by which it was conducted;  the Rules of Piety, and Prudence upon which it was Founded;  the several steps, by which it was promoted, or retarded, in the Change of Times:

From the first Preparations to it by King Henry the Eight, untill the Legal Setting, and Establishment of it under Queen Elizabeth:

Together with the Intermixture of such Civil Actions, and Affairs of State, as either were Co-incident with it, or related to it.

By Peter Heylyn.

London, Printed for H. Twyford, T. Dring, J. Place, W. Palmer;  to be sold in Vine-Court, Middle temple, the George in Fleet Street, Furnival’s Inne Gate in Holborn and the Palm Tree in Fleet Street.  MDCLXI

Peter Heylyn, 1559 – 1662, historian, was associated with the Laudian movement and advocated a moderate view of the Reformation.  This is the first volume of a trilogy.  (See New Dictionary of National Biography, vol 26, pp 954 – 959)

Book Launch: Leading by Story – Rethinking Church Leadership

Join Sarum College Bookshop for the launch a new book by David Sims and Vaughan Roberts, Leading by Story: Rethinking Church Leadership.

Thursday 7 December at 6.30pm

This innovative and original book builds on qualitative thinking about organizational narrative and argues that it can provide significant insights into how churches function, which is much more in keeping with their ethos and history. As well as analysing how stories and storytelling work in churches it also provides practical ideas for how they can be used to improve church leadership.

Dr Vaughan Roberts writes and speak widely on organisational theory, leadership and the church and is the author of “Personal Jesus: How popular music shapes our souls” (2012) with Professor Clive Marsh of the University of Leicester and a contributor to “The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music” David Sims is Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the Cass Business School. His research has been centred on narrative understandings of working life, and the implications of this for leadership.

This book launch forms part of the MODEM Conference 2017: What is the Church For? taking place at Sarum College.

“Leadership is not much of a New Testament word whereas discipleship, or followership, is. Churches are keen on ‘servant leadership’. So, too, is business. To say what it means we tell stories. Leading by Story provides excellent thought leadership in what has become disputed territory. It is informative, subtle, insightful and wise. It recognises the importance of leaders who love as well as the significance of context and community.” – Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

Free and open to all, refreshments provided
To book telephone 01722 326899 or email

Elaine Graham: How to Speak of God

The Cavell Room was packed on 23 September for the 2017 Niblett Memorial Lecture with Professor Elaine Graham.

The lecture entitled, How to Speak of God? Challenges for the Churches in a World ‘Troubled’ by Religion, considered the implications of the post-secular for the public witness of Christianity and its representatives.

The full transcript of the lecture is available to download here.

To explore the topic further, Elaine’s recent book, Apologetics without Apology, is available from Sarum College Bookshop (email or telephone 01722 326899) or online from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

Bookshop Bestsellers: September 2017

Below is the list of the top ten bestsellers in Sarum College Bookshop in September.

1. Common Worship Lectionary 2017-2018, Church House Publishing £4.99
2. SPCK & Common Worship Lectionary 2018, SPCK £4.99
3.  Singing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land by Tom Stuckey, Church in the Market Place Publications £9.99
4. A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy by John Caperon, Andrew Todd and James Walters, Jessica Kingsley Publishers £18.99
5. The Art of Worship by Bishop Nicholas Holtam, National Gallery Co. Ltd £12.99
6. Reflections for Daily Prayer 2017-2018, Church House Publishing £16.99
7. Re-Imagining the Bible for Today by Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, SCM Press £19.99
8. Church Pocket Book and Diary with Lectionary 2018 – Red, SPCK £9.99
9. Church Book and Desk Diary 2018, Canterbury Press Norwich £19.99
10. Church Pocket Book and Diary with Lectionary 2018 – Black, SPCK £9.99

Wine Tasting Evening: Wines for Christmas

Join Sarum College for a Christmas wine tasting evening with Alec Knight.

Friday 17 November, 6pm to 7.30pm

During this evening guests can sample 6-7 different bottles with food matches to present some wine choices for your Christmas menu.

Your host is Alec Knight, who was introduced to fine wines at Cambridge University 50 years ago and has maintained an enthusiastic amateur interest ever since. Alec leads popular wine tasting evenings in his local village.

This event is now fully booked, and no tickets may be purchased on the door. To register interest in a future wine tasting, please email Ros Claydon at

Book of the Month: October 2017

I Thought There Would be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts

This is rather a brave book. It takes courage to offer the kind of transparency with which Katherine Welby-Roberts writes about her inner vulnerability and turmoil. Rather than turning into one long party, adult life has meant daily negotiation with depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome. Katherine has been blogging about her perspectives for several years and I found that a glance at her blog helped to put the book into context. In ‘I thought there would be cake’, Katherine’s style is open and conversational, she could be sitting down with the reader over a cup of tea. She describes with honesty and considerable insight how the convoluted processes of her thinking and emotions disrupt her self-confidence and  sense of worth. Katherine speaks from a place of dissonance between what she knows and trusts as a Christian, and the inner doubts and questions which assail her relentlessly. Sheer physical exhaustion compounds the uphill task of loving and living with herself, her husband and baby son and her friends.

Katherine offers lots of examples from her daily life of the many ways she has lived with the dialogue inside her, as self-doubt, comparison with others, and the agonies of what others may think, rage within her. Yet in sharing these struggles, she speaks with humour and with an absence of self-indulgence or sanctimonious piety. Ironically, perhaps, to write in this way requires exactly the kind of self-acceptance she finds so elusive.

Who is this book for? Being so accessible, anyone who identifies with Katherine’s particular version of inner quicksand will find a friend here. Others, who find the account of such internal chaos mystifying, might do well to listen. Katherine invites us into her world, and her words offer an implicit challenge. How might we respond to those, including our very own inner selves, who bear the illogicality, yet bitter reality, of inner torment?  The invitation is to live with honesty, hope and a capacity for generous humour.

Reviewed by Julia Mourant, Scholar in Residence at Sarum College

I Thought There Would be Cake is just £6.99 until October 31st 2017 (RRP £7.99), available from our online shop + £2.50 postage, or mail order by phoning 01722 326899 or emailing

Claire Horton: Lay Ministry Was Answer to God’s Call

‘Five years ago God was calling me to do something,’ says Claire Horton, a Licensed Lay Minister (LLM) in the Benefice of Atworth with Shaw and Whitley. Having completed her studies, Claire celebratef the renewal of her licensing on September 30 in Salisbury Cathedral.

Before embarking on the LLM programme Claire helped with administration and was involved in putting together services to introduce contemporary worship.

With encouragement from her vicar, Claire set out to explore this calling and attended the Salisbury Diocesan Vocations Day.

Claire says that she felt sure that lay ministry was the pathway for her, and was pleased Sarum College was recommended to her.

‘The team at Sarum were amazing,’ she says. Claire’s training spanned a period of transition between the Oxford Brookes and Durham University, which now validates the programme.

Being part of that transition was both a privilege and a challenge. Claire says she valued ‘working with the Sarum College staff and appreciated the training. I also benefited from the Formation Days at Church House.’

She also values the new model of lay and ordained ministry training together.

‘Learning alongside one another is so important. That way, collaborative practice begins at the outset and is more likely to encourage a foundation for future working together in parish life,’ she says.

A placement at Alabare, as part of the chaplaincy team, working with adults with learning disability ‘was a huge joy and blessing’ and also one that helped her to discern that, although she enjoyed her time there, she recognised that chaplaincy isn’t her calling at this stage: ‘I realised I have a heart for pioneer ministry in some form,’ she says.

Claire says she now approaches her ministry with a different perspective.

‘LLM training has helped me to grow – I now feel more confident about preaching and about engaging with scripture.’ she says. ‘I also have a sense of recognition by the church and the congregation, and of having a distinctive role as a bridge between the Church and all aspects of community life.

‘Working collaboratively alongside others, I look forward to finding ways to connect with people so that God’s love may be known.’

The new Licensed Lay Ministers with those who led their training at Sarum College (left to right) Anne Mantle, Michelle Cobley, the Revd Paul Burden, Claire Horton, the Revd Jennifer Totney, Kerri Canepa, Adrian Light

For more information about LLM training, visit the Diocese of Salisbury website, or take a look at the LLM page on the Sarum College website.