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January 2014

The Contemporary Study of Christian Spirituality

Mon 20 January 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 23 January 2014, 5:00 pm
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March 2014

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 3 March 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 6 March 2014, 5:00 pm
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April 2014

Medieval Spirituality

Tue 22 April 2014, 3:00 pm to Fri 25 April 2014, 5:00 pm
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May 2014

Literature and Spirituality

Tue 6 May 2014, 3:00 pm to Fri 9 May 2014, 5:00 pm
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Contemporary Spirituality

Tue 27 May 2014, 3:00 pm to Fri 30 May 2014, 5:00 pm
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June 2014

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 23 June 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 26 June 2014, 5:00 pm
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October 2014

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 13 October 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 16 October 2014, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced…

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November 2014

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 24 November 2014, 3:00 pm to Thu 27 November 2014, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of 'experience' and 'self' in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and…

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January 2015

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 26 January 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 29 January 2015, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.…

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March 2015

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 9 March 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 12 March 2015, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact…

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April 2015

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 20 April 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 23 April 2015, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship will be placed in historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and the students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module will also enable students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact the Academic…

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May 2015

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 18 May 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 21 May 2015, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

This module considers the phenomenon of mass consumer technological culture as the backdrop to spirituality and 'doing' theology in our age. We will examine ways in which leisure and lifestyle activities take over and mimic religious modes of orchestrating emotion and producing identity, examining the writings of sociologists, social anthropologists, social critics and theologians that seek to address and/or interpret this situation. The module will trace the emergence of different ways of interpreting the phenomenon of the 'modern'; especially the…

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June 2015

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 29 June 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 2 July 2015, 5:00 pm
£230 - £380

The module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very…

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October 2015

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 5 October 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 8 October 2015, 5:00 pm
£295 - £450

This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced…

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November 2015

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 16 November 2015, 3:00 pm to Thu 19 November 2015, 5:00 pm
£295 - £450

This module will provide students with the methodological tools to engage with a study of sexuality and Spirituality. Students will be enabled to understand how the Christian tradition has engaged with sexuality and Spirituality and how that impacts on contemporary debates. Students will be encouraged to relate these insights to their own experience and to critically evaluate the current theological and spiritual concerns in matters of sexuality. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this…

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January 2016

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 25 January 2016, 3:00 pm to Thu 28 January 2016, 5:00 pm
£295 - £450

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.…

Find out more »
February 2016

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 29 February 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 March 2016, 5:00 pm

This module enables students to explore approaches to pastoral ministry and spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. It presents them with different models of pastoral care and encourages them to reflect theologically on these models, placing them in their historical context. Students will explore issues of particular concern for pastoral ministry in the contemporary context and engage with non-theological disciplines that provide pastoral care. Students will be introduced to different approaches to spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They will consider…

Find out more »
April 2016

Literature and Spirituality

Mon 4 April 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 April 2016, 5:00 pm

This module will give students the tools required to analyse modern English fiction and poetry in their relations to Christian Spirituality. It will encourage the skilful use of primary and secondary material in order to assess the spiritual character of the works of individual writers. Students will be enabled to demonstrate the relationship between Christian Spirituality and English literature. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact the Academic Administrator for all…

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Medieval Spirituality

Mon 25 April 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 April 2016, 5:00 pm

This module will encourage students to evaluate Western Medieval schools of Spirituality. It will examine the role of women in this period and evaluate their contribution to the Mysticism and politics of the period. Students will be encouraged to assess the impact of the Crusades on the ongoing relationship of Islam and Christianity. The module will highlight the legacy of this period to the Churches in our day. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on…

Find out more »
May 2016

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 23 May 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 May 2016, 5:00 pm

This module will enable students to critically evaluate relationships between Christian Spirituality and non-Christian spiritualities. Students will be introduced to the important role that Platonic and other philosophical traditions within antiquity played in shaping Christian Spirituality and explore ways in which non-Christian traditions continue to re-shape and challenge classical notions of Christian Spirituality in three contemporary settings. Students will also examine the subjective turn and the challenge presented by New Age and other contrasting spiritualities. The module will also allow students…

Find out more »
June 2016

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 6 June 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 9 June 2016, 5:00 pm

This module enables students to gain a critical understanding of current invocations and retrievals of Celtic Spirituality. Students will be able to engage with notions of the development of spiritual traditions and the political impact of those developments. The Celtic insights into sacred space, nature, time, place, grace and eschatology will be investigated in order to enable students to have a clear understanding of the differences between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome…

Find out more »
October 2016

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 10 October 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 13 October 2016, 5:00 pm

This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced…

Find out more »
November 2016

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 28 November 2016, 2:00 pm to Thu 1 December 2016, 5:00 pm

This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of 'experience' and 'self' in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and…

Find out more »
January 2017

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 23 January 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 January 2017, 5:00 pm

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.…

Find out more »
February 2017

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 20 February 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 February 2017, 5:00 pm

In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether? Do modern people no longer require the 'sacred canopy' of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to…

Find out more »
March 2017

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 6 March 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 9 March 2017, 5:00 pm

This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact…

Find out more »

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 27 March 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 30 March 2017, 5:00 pm

This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship is explored from historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also encourages students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and in the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries…

Find out more »
May 2017

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 15 May 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 May 2017, 5:00 pm

This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual 'lived culture' of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today's world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same…

Find out more »
June 2017

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 19 June 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 22 June 2017, 5:00 pm

The module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very…

Find out more »
October 2017

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 2 October 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 October 2017, 2:00 pm

This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced…

Find out more »
November 2017

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 13 November 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 November 2017, 2:00 pm

This module will provide students with the methodological tools to engage with a study of sexuality and Spirituality. Students will be enabled to understand how the Christian tradition has engaged with sexuality and Spirituality and how that impacts on contemporary debates. Students will be encouraged to relate these insights to their own experience and to critically evaluate the current theological and spiritual concerns in matters of sexuality. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this…

Find out more »
January 2018

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 22 January 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 25 January 2018, 5:00 pm

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.…

Find out more »
February 2018

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 19 February 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 22 February 2018, 2:00 pm

This module enables students to explore approaches to pastoral ministry and spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. It presents them with different models of pastoral care and encourages them to reflect theologically on these models, placing them in their historical context. Students will explore issues of particular concern for pastoral ministry in the contemporary context and engage with non-theological disciplines that provide pastoral care. Students will be introduced to different approaches to spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They will consider…

Find out more »
March 2018

Literature and Spirituality

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 2:00 pm

This module will give students the tools required to analyse modern English fiction and poetry in their relations to Christian Spirituality. It will encourage the skilful use of primary and secondary material in order to assess the spiritual character of the works of individual writers. Students will be enabled to demonstrate the relationship between Christian Spirituality and English literature. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking…

Find out more »
April 2018

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 23 April 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 April 2018, 2:00 pm

This module will encourage students to evaluate Western Medieval schools of Spirituality. It will examine the role of women in this period and evaluate their contribution to the Mysticism and politics of the period. Students will be encouraged to assess the impact of the Crusades on the ongoing relationship of Islam and Christianity. The module will highlight the legacy of this period to the Churches in our day. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on…

Find out more »
May 2018

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 21 May 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 May 2018, 2:00 pm

This module enables students to gain a critical understanding of current invocations and retrievals of Celtic Spirituality. Students will be able to engage with notions of the development of spiritual traditions and the political impact of those developments. The Celtic insights into sacred space, nature, time, place, grace and eschatology will be investigated in order to enable students to have a clear understanding of the differences between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome…

Find out more »
June 2018

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 18 June 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 June 2018, 2:00 pm

This module will enable students to critically evaluate relationships between Christian Spirituality and non-Christian spiritualities. Students will be introduced to the important role that Platonic and other philosophical traditions within antiquity played in shaping Christian Spirituality and explore ways in which non-Christian traditions continue to re-shape and challenge classical notions of Christian Spirituality in three contemporary settings. Students will also examine the subjective turn and the challenge presented by New Age and other contrasting spiritualities. The module will also allow students…

Find out more »
October 2018

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 1 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 October 2018, 2:00 pm

This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced…

Find out more »
November 2018

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 26 November 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 29 November 2018, 2:00 pm

This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of 'experience' and 'self' in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and…

Find out more »
January 2019

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 21 January, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 January, 2:00 pm

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.…

Find out more »
February 2019

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 18 February, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 February, 2:00 pm

In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether? Do modern people no longer require the 'sacred canopy' of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to…

Find out more »
March 2019

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 4 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March, 2:00 pm

This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact…

Find out more »
April 2019

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 1 April, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April, 2:00 pm

This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship is explored from historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also encourages students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and in the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries…

Find out more »
May 2019

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 13 May, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May, 2:00 pm

This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual 'lived culture' of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today's world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same…

Find out more »
June 2019

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June, 2:00 pm

This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very…

Find out more »
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