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January 2019

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 21 January 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 January 2019, 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.…

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Reflective Practice

Mon 21 January 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 January 2019, 1:00 pm

A methodological and hermeneutical study of how reflective practice can underpin and challenge an understanding of leadership. It will introduce students to contemporary models of reflective practice both in the educational, theological and business worlds and encourage reflection on how these models inform and critique one another. There will be opportunities to practice a variety of methods so that students can select and design their own models apply in their own work context. Those not on the MA programme are…

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February 2019

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 18 February 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 February 2019, 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…

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March 2019

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 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…

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Christian Initiation

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 2:00 pm

Many Western Churches have significantly revised their baptismal liturgies in the last fifty years in response to the changing place of the church in society. This module will examine key historical periods which provide a context for contemporary rites and the theologies which lie behind them. There will be a field visit to consider the liturgical features of a font, for example Salisbury Cathedral. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.…

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April 2019

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 1 April 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April 2019, 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…

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Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture

Mon 1 April 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April 2019, 2:00 pm

Much has been written about the dramatic decline in Church membership and attendance as evidence of ‘the death of Christian Britain’ since the 1960s to the present day, raising questions about the future of the institutional church in particular and ‘organised religion’ in general. This module aims to go beyond such ‘headlines’ to equip students to understand and critique patterns of decline and growth which are characteristic of the church in the 21st century using both theological and sociological tools.…

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May 2019

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 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…

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Music in Christian Worship

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 2:00 pm

Music is a significant feature of much Christian worship, whether chanted psalms, congregational hymns, liturgical texts arranged for choirs or contemporary worship songs. This module explores the variety of musical styles in Christian worship from both historical and contemporary perspectives and draws upon critical themes in musicology, theology and pastoral liturgy. It will equip students to make informed assessments of music choices in the liturgical events of different ecclesial settings. Musical skill or knowledge, while beneficial, is not required. Those…

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June 2019

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 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…

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Understanding Organisations

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 2:00 pm

This module examines contemporary images and models of organisations, bringing multi-disciplinary critical insights into the emergence of organisational culture. The role of the leader is examined, especially through questions of power and authority and comparisons made between different approaches to ecclesiology and church organisation. Systems theories are used to examine organisations, including congregations: students are encouraged to reflect on their own situation and experience in the light of this. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book…

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