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Iterations: Spirituality in post-Christian Times

Mon 14 May 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Following the success of a day conference in May 2017 (entitled Interrelations: Spirituality and Theology), the Sarum Centre for Contemporary Spirituality is pleased to announce a second day conference in this series on Monday 14 May 2018.

We are also delighted to be welcoming leading US theologian of his generation, Professor David Tracy from the University of Chicago, for a Public Lecture on the preceding Sunday evening. Professor Tracy will also be participating in the Monday conference.

Conference Theme – Iterations: Spirituality in post-Christian Times

The current English usage of the word ‘spirituality’ seems to have arrived via French Catholicism in the mid-20th Century. Since then, the word has rapidly accrued a life of its own, beyond a Christianity in seeming terminal decline. At the same time, many spy opportunities in this new category for a wider and deeper reengagement of Christian traditions. Today, western ‘spirituality’ of all kinds must inhabit a culture where religious belief seems eccentric and yet the Christian past resurfaces everywhere. This day-conference will explore the contemporary iterations of spirituality in this fluid context.

The morning of the conference will host sessions with two plenary speakers from 10am, as well as a session of structured conversation with David Tracy around the conference theme.

After buffet lunch in college, the conference afternoon will then contain up to nine 40-minute short papers, running via parallel sessions.

There is a call for short papers on subjects broadly connected to the conference theme. See the call for papers page for further details.

The conference is £50 (£40 for those presenting papers or Sarum MA and Formation in Ministry students). Includes lunch and refreshments. To book contact Alison Ogden on 01722 4248226 or email courses@dev.sarum.ac.uk.


Mon 14 May 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago, and has also served on the University’s Committee on Social Thought.
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£50 (£40 for those presenting papers or Sarum MA and Formation in Ministry students). Includes lunch and refreshments.