2017 Sarum Lectures – Origins of Spirituality: The Forgotten Anglican Innovators

Dr Jane Shaw, Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University is the speaker for the 2017 Sarum Lectures.

The lectures, organised in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral, will look at four Anglicans from the early twentieth-century Church of England who revived spirituality at a time when people were questioning institutional religion. Their work resonates with our own ‘spiritual but not religious’ age.

Tuesday 25 April 2017
Percy Dearmer: The Sarum Rite, Art and ‘English Tradition’

Thursday 27 April 2017
Evelyn Underhill: Practical Mysticism and the Rise of Retreats

Tuesday 2 May 2017
Reginald Somerset Ward: Prayer and a Rule of Life

Thursday 4 May 2017
Rose Macaulay: “What a Heritage We Have. I Mean, We Anglicans”

Friday 5 May 2017
Seminar: Anglican Spirituality in a ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Age

The four lectures take place in Salisbury Cathedral, 7pm to 8pm. The seminar takes place at Sarum College, 11am to 1pm.

bed in Sarum College guest roomEach lecture is £8 or £27 for the series of four. The seminar is £12.

Those attending the lectures can stay B&B at Sarum College for the reduced price of £51 per night for a single en-suite room or £79 per night for a double/twin en-suite room.

For all booking enquiries telephone 01722 424800 or email courses@dev.sarum.ac.uk.

2015 Magna Carta Lectures Audio Recordings

MagnaCartaThe Magna Carta Lecture series by Salisbury Cathedral and Sarum College celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta and its resonance for today.

The series of eight lectures with Neil MacGregorDominic GrieveRobin Griffith-JonesChris DyerNicholas VincentDick HowardLord Igor Judge and Lesley Smith took place between March and July 2015 in Salisbury Cathedral.

Audio recordings from some of the lectures are below.


2013 Sarum Theological Lectures

PaulaGooderWebThe speaker for the 2013 Sarum Theological Lectures is Dr Paula Gooder, a freelance writer, bestselling author and lecturer in biblical studies.

Tues 9, Wed 10, Thurs 11 and Fri 12 July, 7pm each evening in Salisbury Cathedral.

Spirituality is a word that is notoriously hard to define but it implies that when we encounter God we do so with our spirits. These lectures explore not only what ‘spirit’ might mean in the New Testament but also what other relevant words like ‘mind’, ‘soul’, ‘flesh’, ‘heart’ and ‘body’ might mean and from them to reflect on what the New Testament might have to say about ‘spirituality’ to us today.

Join in the discussion on Twitter using #SarumLectures

This lecture series will explore the relevant ideas as they are used throughout the Bible but with a particular eye on the writings of Paul as he is considered to be so influential in this area.

Tues 9: Keeping Body and Soul Together: Setting the scene

The soul is out of fashion. Many modern philosophers would argue that we are just physical beings nothing more but in the Christian tradition the soul/spirit has, for obvious reasons, been hugely important and is the primary way in which we talk about our relationship with God. But has that been at the expense of how we view our bodies? This first lecture will set the scene and explore these two concepts particularly in Paul.

Seminar: Body and Soul – A Chance for Further Discussion
Wed 10 July, 10.45am to 2pm Full details

Talk and Book Signing with Paula Gooder
Wed 10 July at 3pm Full details

Wed 10: Soul Purpose: An Exploration of the concept of the Soul and the Spirit in the Bible

When we talk about the soul it is often used interchangeably with the word spirit as though the two are exactly the same…but are they? What is the soul in the Bible? Is it the same as or different from spirit?

Thurs 11: The Thoughts of our Hearts: Reflections on reason, the mind and the will in the Bible

Almost as important as soul and spirit in the Bible is ‘the mind’, but what is it and how does reason relate to soul/spirit? Also intriguing is the question of where in our body we do our thinking – by and large in Hebrew thinking thought you think with your heart; in Greek with your head what difference does this make to what we think about ‘thinking’.

Fri 12: Redeeming the Body: Connecting Soul, Spirit, Heart, Mind and Body

In the final lecture I come full circle to where I began. If the body is not (as many people have believed through Christian history) to be viewed negatively, what does Paul have to say about bodies and their importance and what difference might this make to the way in which we live and pray?

Price  £7 per lecture, £24 for series of four

Contact Alison Ogden for booking enquiries
aogden@dev.sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

bed in Sarum College guest room

Those attending the lectures can stay B&B at Sarum College at the reduced educational rate one night before or one night after their lecture.

Educational B&B rate
£48.85 single en-suite room; £70.85 double/twin en-suite room

Contact Alison Ogden or our hospitality team for details

2012 Sarum Theological Lectures

Giles Fraser

Giles FraserThe 2012 speaker was the Revd Dr Giles Fraser,
the new priest-in-charge at St Mary’s Newington
and former chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.


1 May guest speaker: Richard Norton-Taylor, security and defence writer for the Guardian.

Read his definition of new war

2 May guest speaker: Nicholas Mercer, priest in Salisbury diocese and former legal advisor for Iraq

The Morality of New War

Mon 30 April, Tues 1, Wed 2, Thur 3 May 2012
7pm in Salisbury Cathedral

Event poster, click to enlarge

With the rise of asymmetric warfare, does the traditional understanding of Just War theory work in the 21st century? Does human rights legislation have a place on the battlefield? And has secularisation undermined the moral substructure of the British army? These issues and more will be addressed during the course of the series.

Giles Fraser lectures on ethics and leadership at the Defence Academy at Shrivenham. He is the former canon chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

With lectures on four consecutive evenings, why not come for the week and enjoy being just steps away from Salisbury Cathedral?

While you’re here, you can enjoy Sarum’s delicious meals, specialist library and bookshop. Contact Alison Ogden for programme and accommodation details.

Price £24 series of four; £7 per lecture

Programme structure

Fraser will give the first lecture on Monday 30 April and the fourth on Thursday 3 May.

The two middle evenings will be in discussion format.  On Tuesday 1 May, Fraser will be in discussion with Richard Norton-Taylor, long-standing writer on security and defence for the Guardian. On Wednesday 2 May, he will be in discussion with the Revd Nicholas Mercer, Assistant Curate in Gillingham and Milton-on-Stour in Dorset and the government’s former chief legal adviser for Iraq.

Richard Norton-Taylor won the Freedom of Information Campaign Award for journalism in 1986. He edits the Guardian Defence and Security blog with Nick Hopkins.

Nicholas Mercer was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year by Liberty, a civil liberties and human rights charity.

NOTE: Because of a Royal visit to the Cathedral Close on Tuesday 1 May, there will be travel restrictions in place in the Close for the lecture on this evening. Further details

News items about and by Giles Fraser

Giles Fraser Clashes with Richard Dawkins on BBC4 Today Programme 13 Feb

2011 Sarum Theological Lectures

Tom Wright sseated peaking to group

The 2011 speaker was Tom Wright, the former bishop of Durham and now chair of New Testament and early Christianity at St Andrews University.


He is the author of more than 50 books, including:

– Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. (SPCK, HarperOne, 2008)
– Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision (SPCK, 2009)
– Virtue Reborn (SPCK, 2010) This title is published in North America as, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (through HarperOne, 2010)

Wright also contributes to Fulcrum: renewing the evangelical centre. Fulcrum describes itself as “a network of evangelical Anglicans, seeking to renew the centre of the evangelical tradition and the centre of Anglicanism, acting as a point of balance within the Church of England.”

Watch the Langham Partnership interview with Tom Wright