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Sarum Summer School: Divine Wisdom to Nourish the Human Spirit

  • Course Dates: Mon 6 August 2018, 2:00 pm to Sun 12 August 2018, 2:00 pm

Sarum College invites you to the 2018 Summer School, to meet with others in an ecumenical space for reflection and imaginative thinking, and to discover living wisdom through dialogue with each other.

Each of the working days of the conference will include high quality input designed to stimulate the reflective dialogue that will take place in groups and in informal conversation; and opportunities for participants to raise issues and share resources connected with the conference themes.

Conference Themes

  • Deepening reflection: what approaches nurture the growth of wisdom and theological and spiritual imagination?
  • Engaging theologically: how can we develop theological dialogue that connects with contemporary issues, yet drinks deeply at the wells of tradition?
  • Living ethics: How can we reach beyond rational debate and the search for the lowest common denominator, to nurture moral character and imagination that sustain ethical relationships with each other and the world we inhabit?
  • Nurturing the human spirit: What patterns of spiritual practice from different traditions open us to the present moment, to transformative encounter with the divine other and to compassion?
  • Social engagement: How can the wisdom we share and develop enable us to reconnect with the issues of our day and especially with those who live on the margins of our society?


Sarum College is located in the deeply historic setting of Salisbury Cathedral Close and in the ancient landscape of Wiltshire. The Summer School will include optional visits to the Cathedral and ancient spiritual sites, such as Old Sarum, Stonehenge and Avebury.

Worship Prayer and Contemplation

The Summer School will include opportunities for worship, prayer and contemplation, in the Cathedral, the College Chapel and other settings.

Please note that the summer school has been cancelled. Contact Alison Ogden for all enquiries.
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Mon 6 August 2018, 2:00 pm
Sun 12 August 2018, 2:00 pm
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James Woodward is Principal of Sarum College and Coordinator for the Centre for Human Flourishing. As a practical theologian he has focussed particularly on areas of health and healing, old age, the practice of theological reflection, and end of life care. Andrew Todd is the Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality. He is an expert in contemporary religion and spirituality; an Anglican priest and Franciscan Tertiary. Gillian Ahlgren is Professor of Theology at Xavier Univeristy, Cincinnati.
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Please Note:
Please note that the summer school has been cancelled. Contact Alison Ogden for all enquiries.
Course Price:
£675, includes all meals, refreshments and accommodation