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October 2016

Ventures in Faith: What is ‘Scripture’ and How Can We Read the bible?

Mon 3 October 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The bible is a beautiful but strange collection of books with many interesting passages but also many baffling texts. What does it mean that it is a ‘holy’ book? Are there tools we can use to read and understand these stories? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

Ventures in Faith: What Kind Of God Would We Like to Believe In?

Mon 17 October 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Let’s look at what we imagine God to be and how communities of faith picture the engagement of God in our world. Are you prepared for your pictures of God to change? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

Ventures in Faith: What Does God Care If We Suffer?

Mon 31 October 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
It’s the old chestnut, how can God be powerful and good, and yet let people suffer? More seriously, for many of us this is not just an idle question but a cry from the heart. Let’s explore the ins and outs of the debate, and see if there might be a different way of thinking about this question. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith… Read more

November 2016

Ventures in Faith: Creation and Evolution: Where Does It All Begin?

Mon 14 November 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Some people think religion and science are mutually exclusive and base this idea especially around the stories of creation. Let us look at these stories and how they might influence what we think about our origins. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

Ventures in Faith: Why Are Fewer and Fewer People Going To Church?

Mon 28 November 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Let’s look at the shape and strength of Christianity across the world and asses the arguments that attempt to explain the decline of Christianity in the UK. What would you do to reverse the trend? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

December 2016

Ventures in Faith: Can We Know What Is True?

Mon 12 December 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
God is invisible, unknowable and unsearchable, isn’t he? So how can we know what God is like? In this session we will explore the power of the imagination, and will see if the arts might be a way into seeing spiritual truths. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

January 2017

Ventures in Faith: What Is True: The History Of The Story?

Mon 9 January 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The historical veracity of some of the bible’s most beautiful stories is contested. For some truth and fact are the same. How can we relate truth and historical fact? And what influence does this have on how we read the bible. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

Ventures in Faith: What Is The Point Of Church?

Mon 23 January 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In a world increasing suspicious of institutions what is the purpose of the Church? Where does it work for transformation and how would you change its shape and engagement with communities. We shall explore models of Christian community. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

February 2017

Ventures in Faith: Who Is Jesus Anyway?

Mon 6 February 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Prophet, wandering preacher, radical, miracle-maker, all-round nice kind of guy, God? The question of who Jesus is has been asked from the beginning right up until the present. Let’s explore some of these debates, and ask ourselves if the question we should really be asking is: who is Jesus, for us, today? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722… Read more

Ventures in Faith: The Trinity: Maths Gone Wrong?

Mon 20 February 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Three in One and One in Three? Please! We shall dig, reflect and embrace the shape and meaning of God – creator, redeemer and sustainer. Bring your calculator… Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

March 2017

Ventures in Faith: What Does It Mean To Be ‘Saved’?

Mon 6 March 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Salvation is what it’s all about. That’s why you become a Christian, isn’t it? But when it comes down to it, what does it really mean to be saved? Is it all about heaven when you die, or can we taste salvation today? Let’s explore some people’s thoughts and experiences on this questions, and widen our gaze together. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith… Read more

Ventures in Faith: Two Testaments, One Spirit?

Mon 20 March 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The gospels are full of love and peace and goodwill. The book of Joshua is often violent and brutal. Do both belong to the same bible? Could we read the one without the other maybe? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

April 2017

Ventures in Faith: Who Am I, And What Is My Place In The World?

Mon 3 April 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This question is known as ‘existential angst’, something we often feel particularly strongly in our teenage years. But it is also an important and valid question to ask. Let’s explore some scriptural accounts of what it means to be a human being, and what that might mean for us today, particularly in light of current issues to do with ecology and the environment. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith,… Read more

Ventures in Faith: How Do We Pray?

Mon 24 April 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Why bother with prayer and how do people pray? We’ll look at ways of praying and we might even test some of them out! Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

May 2017

Ventures in Faith: Why Does It Matter How I Live My Life?

Mon 8 May 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We all know that we ought to be good people, but have you ever really stopped to ask, why? And if you don’t know why, why bother? Let’s explore some of the main arguments to see if they help us to understand what it means to lead a good life. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or… Read more

June 2017

Ventures in Faith: Music

Mon 5 June 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
How has Christianity inspired music and how does music help us to know God? Bring your headphones and a favourite piece of music. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more

Ventures in Faith: Us and Them: The Influence Of Context

Mon 19 June 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
From football teams to the migration crises: it matters a lot where you come from. For reading the bible, thinking about faith and talking about God this also matters. Where do you come from? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Ventures in Faith, visit our Ventures in Faith page or contact Alison Ogden (aogden@sarum.ac.uk; 01722 424826) or Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh (acthomasson-rosingh@sarum.ac.uk). Read more
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