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July 2019

A Day with Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe

Thu 11 July 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An opportunity to explore the distinctive voices and experiences of these two English women mystics. This interactive and thought-provoking workshop will uncover the depths and meaning of the imagery presented in Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich’s visionary writings. It will also begin to introduce some other aspects of medieval medical understandings to illuminate as to what it might mean to attain ‘spiritual health’. It provides an insightful opportunity to explore the distinctive voices of these two English women mystics in light… Read more

September 2019

Francis and the Sultan

Mon 16 September 2019, 10:30 am to Tue 17 September 2019, 4:30 pm
This conference will explore the meeting in 1219 during the Fifth Crusade of St Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, as inspiration for Christian-Muslim dialogue today. The event is offered in partnership with the Third Order of the Society of St Francis (TSSF).   Workshops include A Tale of Two movements: A comparison of The Third Order, SSF and Tablighi Jama’at (Andrew Todd & Riyaz Timol) Enabling an interfaith walk (Leonie Northcote) A local interfaith group using the way of counsel (Stephen and Mary… Read more

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 30 September 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 October 2019, 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 several 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 to. Those… Read more

October 2019

Chaplaincy and Criminal Justice

Mon 14 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Explore the particular challenges and opportunities for chaplains developing ministries and/or serving in the police, prisons and courts. With a specific focus on the themes of crime and punishment, we will address an overarching question: How do we develop compassionate responses to damaged and damaging people? The day will include: – networking and group discussion opportunities for shared resources and peer support – an informal discussion on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel Crime & Punishment and its lessons for us as chaplains… Read more

Reading Fiction as a Spiritual Practice

Mon 28 October 2019, 10:00 am to Wed 30 October 2019, 4:00 pm
William Blake called the Old and New Testaments ‘The Great Code of Western Art’ and we see it over and over again in great works of fiction.         In this course, we will explore the symbols at play in three novels in profound conversation with the Bible: ·         To Kill a Mockingbird on Mon, 28 October 2019 ·         Jane Eyre on Tues, 29 October 2019 and ·         The Life of Pi Wed, 30 October 2019 Book one… Read more

November 2019

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 25 November 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 November 2019, 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… Read more

December 2019

Winter Silent Retreat

Fri 20 December 2019, 3:00 pm to Sun 22 December 2019, 3:00 pm
Retreat from all the holiday noise by participating in the first of our biannual Silent Retreat offerings at Sarum. Using gentle liturgy, spiritual reflection practises and rest we aim to create a residential community of silence and calm for the weekend. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries Booking Information aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

January 2020

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 20 January, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 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.… Read more

February 2020

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 17 February, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February, 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 the spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They… Read more

Marian Apparitions and Shrines

Sat 29 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This one day course will cover shrines and apparitions of Mary in modern (19th and 20th century) Roman Catholicism, with a special emphasis on Europe. The aims of the day are that you will have opportunities to: 1. Appreciate the breadth of this phenomenon, and develop knowledge about well-known and little-known cases, taking into mind social contexts. 2. Discuss the figure of Mary at the centre of the visionary claims and messages. 3. Analyse the Roman Catholic Church response to… Read more

March 2020

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 2 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March, 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… Read more

Exile and Christian Authenticity

Mon 9 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
How did early Christians deal with the problem of Christian authenticity when the official imperial persecutions came to an end? We will examine how Christian authenticity laid claim to its past as a persecuted minority while simultaneously affirming its new status as a violent Christian empire. The course works with the use of episcopal exile to impose religious conformity points to a consistent dilemma for scholars who work on early Christianity and its role in the Roman empire. The mid-… Read more

The Faith Journeys of Millennials

Fri 20 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Today’s young adults are the least religious generation on record and yet there are still those for whom Christian faith is central to their identity. This one-day course will explore contemporary theories of identity and faith formation among young adults. It will be based on the findings of a large-scale qualitative research project undertaken with Millennials, in which they told the story of their life and faith through their twenties. They include the accounts of those who have lost their… Read more

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 23 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March, 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 between 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… Read more

April 2020

Stories From The Other Half Of Holy Week: Earth

Mon 6 April, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Drawing on the Gospel narratives between Psalm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, these days offer the opportunity for learning, prayer, and reflection before the Easter weekend. Those who wish to attend more than one day for a prolonged Holy Week retreat can stay B&B at Sarum College at a reduced educational rate. Contact Alison Odgen for all enquiries. In Holy Week 2020 at Sarum we are focusing on ‘Living in the Other Half of Holy Week’ reading the narratives of Palm… Read more

Stories From The Other Half Of Holy Week: Return From Exile and the Way Back In: Bodies, Land and Community

Tue 7 April, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Drawing on the Gospel narratives between Psalm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, these days offer the opportunity for learning, prayer, and reflection before the Easter weekend. Those who wish to attend more than one day for a prolonged Holy Week retreat can stay B&B at Sarum College at a reduced educational rate. Contact Alison Odgen for all enquiries. Return From Exile and the Way Back In: Bodies, Land and Community. This course will be split into two halves: one half learning… Read more

Stories From The Other Half Of Holy Week: Love

Wed 8 April, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Drawing on the Gospel narratives between Psalm Sunday and Maundy Thursday, these days offer the opportunity for learning, prayer, and reflection before the Easter weekend. Those who wish to attend more than one day for a prolonged Holy Week retreat can stay B&B at Sarum College at a reduced educational rate. Contact Alison Odgen for all enquiries. Love The third day of our Holy Week 2020 retreat will be focussed on the theme of love, taking the narratives of the… Read more

May 2020

Spring Silent Retreat

Fri 1 May, 8:00 am to Sun 3 May, 5:00 pm
Retreat from the busyness of life through gentle liturgy, spiritual reflection practices, and rest. Silent Retreats are a time for you to let go of high expectations of yourself and others. It is not a time to get things done, but a time to rest, reflect, listen, and be at ease. Some may use this time to write, walk, take an extra nap, read, create art, or be in silence with the company of others. It is an opportunity to… Read more

What is Prayer? A Very Theological Approach

Fri 15 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This study aims to investigate what, theologically speaking, is going on in the Christian practise of prayer. Seeking throughout to integrate doctrinal reflection and contemplative practise, it explores the difference prayer makes and what is going on when Christians pray. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Carmelite Spirituality

Wed 20 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore Carmelite Spirituality It will be focusing on the spiritualities of Teresa if Avila and John of the Cross and bringing them into dialogue with the life and work of Edith Stein, a 20th Century Discalced Carmelite nun. Originating on Mount Carmel in the high Middle Ages, the Carmelite order has grown to extend to all corners of the world. In our day together we shall explore several facets of this extraordinary spirituality beginning with the Desert… Read more
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