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Sarum Summer School: Re-imaging Church in a Changing World

  • Course Dates: Mon 22 June 2015 to Thu 25 June 2015

A four day summer school on the theme of re-imagining the church in a changing culture.

The summer school will be held at Memorial House, Rehoboth Beach – a charming beach house belonging to the Diocese of Delaware in a popular beach holiday destination. Suitable for those both in the US and the UK.


Sarum College, set in the Cathedral Close in Salisbury, England, is at the centre of new thinking about the future of the church and attracts an increasing number of Americans to come and study or retreat. For the first time Sarum College is running a summer school in the US at Memorial House in the Diocese of Delaware.

The Anglican Communion is facing challenges which are mirrored both in the US and in the UK, as cultural changes leave in shreds the assumptions of previous centuries. This summer school will dig deep into the cultural changes that affect our theology and thinking about the church. It will look back to the Anglican Divines who shaped the thinking and praying of the Church of England and at the same time, explore the ways in which the ‘Anglican Settlement’ offers rich streams of thought for today’s church.

The Programme

Each day begins at 10am and ends at 4.30pm. There are four session with coffee and lunch breaks in between. Each day ends with a reflection session.

Monday 22 June
Richard Hooker – Finding a Middle Way (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Engagements: Exploring the Middle Way – Lessons from the Early Church (Colin Greene)
George Herbert: The Legacy of the Country Parson (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Liaisons – A church without Christendom or Consumerism? (Colin Greene)

Tuesday 23 June
Lancelot Andrewes: The Space between Words (Beth Dodd)
Cultural liabilities – Power, ideology and language – a postmodern perspective (Colin Greene)
Thomas Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer: Doxological Theology (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Suspicions – The Secular and the Profane: The Church Under Scrutiny (Colin Greene)

Wednesday 24 June
Thomas Traherne: The Passion of Faith (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Aesthetics – The Arts and the Affections (Colin Greene)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Poetic Reason (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Romantics – Film, Art and the Imagination (Colin Greene)

Thursday 25 June
R.S. Thomas: The Sacrament of the Ordinary (Beth Dodd)
Cultural Eschatologies – Religion, Spirituality and Technology (Colin Greene)
Question time – open forum
Final session

Sarum College Leaders

Beth Dodd is Director of Studies for ministerial formation and has recently been awarded her PhD for her work on Thomas Traherne, poet and theologian of the 17th Century.

Colin Greene heads the Theology, Imagination and Culture programme and has published a number of books, the latest of which is Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination. He was Professor of Theological and Cultural Studies at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology before returning to the UK in 2008. From 1996-2003 he was Head of Theology and Public Policy at the Bible Society.


US contact: Maureen Lyons. Email mlyons424@comcast.net
UK contact: Christine Nielsen-Craig. Email cnc@sarum.ac.uk

Course Details

Mon 22 June 2015
Thu 25 June 2015
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Beth Dodd and Colin Greene
Please Note:
Flights and airport transfers are not included. The summer school may be repeated depending on interest, which may result in a reduction in the price. Programme adjustments may have to be made in the interim.