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May 2017

2017 Implicit Religion Conference: Edward Bailey Lecture

Fri 19 May 2017, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
This public lecture forms part of the 2017 Implicit Religion Conference. The lecture, which is open to attendees of the conference as well as members of the public, will be given by Brent Plate, Associate Professor at Hamilton College in New York State. The title of the lecture is “Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World: On Myths and Rituals Before the Screen.” The lecture is in honour of Edward Bailey whose work was pioneering and challenging in that it questioned a… Read more

September 2017

2017 Niblett Memorial Lecture: How to Speak of God?

Sat 23 September 2017, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
How to Speak of God? Challenges for the Churches in a World ‘Troubled’ by Religion. Recent cases of the representation of religion in the British media suggest that the gulf of what is sometimes termed ‘religious literacy’ is widening. Some of this can be explained by broader social trends which suggest that whilst religion is more publicly visible and newsworthy in Western societies than for several generations, there is still widespread discomfort and resistance towards those who ‘speak of God’… Read more

December 2017

MODEM Conference 2017: What is the Church For?

Thu 7 December 2017, 12:00 pm to Fri 8 December 2017, 2:00 pm
This year’s annual MODEM Conference returns to Sarum College. The conference brings together experts from the fields of leadership, management and ministry for stimulating conversations between church and business communities. This conference aims to help all to understand more about what is the church for, to help churches to mobilise and organize beyond Sunday morning. Keynote Speakers Professor Mike Higton on ‘The Church as Witness’ Dr Graham Adams on ‘The Church and the Solidarity of the Shaken’ Both keynote speakers plan… Read more

February 2018

Robbins Lecture: Can the Church of England Learn from the British Army?

Thu 15 February 2018, 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
Please note that this lecture is now fully booked. Stephen Robbins asks whether the Church can learn from the recent pastoral experience of army chaplains. This lecture marks the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, and the publication by Anglican army chaplains of the controversial manifesto for post-war church reform, The Church in the Furnace. It was first given in November 2017 at the University of Durham’s Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies. The speaker, the Venerable… Read more

March 2018

Swords Into Ploughshares: The Ambivalent Role of the Arts and Religion in Building Peace

Wed 7 March 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In this illustrated presentation Professor Jolyon Mitchell from the University of Edinburgh will explore the role of different media arts in both inciting violence and promoting peace. Drawing on examples from different parts of the world (including countries such as Israel-Palestine; Mozambique; Rwanda and the UK), Professor Mitchell will explore the ambiguous role of the arts and religion in building peace. This lecture is free and open to all, advance booking required. To book email info@sarum.ac.uk or telephone 01722 424800. Read more

April 2018

The Cost of Being Out and Proud (When You’d Rather Just Stay Quietly In)

Mon 23 April 2018, 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm
Living out in the public arena can mean that every aspect of your life is open to scrutiny – and that you are at constant risk of being maligned and misunderstood. Jayne will offer her own personal insights into how she has sought to achieve a public presence and profile in a way that has sought to speak truth, whilst building trust and maintaining her integrity. She will also share her coping mechanisms for dealing with abuse. Jayne Ozanne is… Read more

May 2018

Public Lecture with Professor David Tracy – ‘Theology, Spirituality, Art: Michelangelo as Exemplar’

Sun 13 May 2018, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Theology, Spirituality, Art: Michelangelo as Exemplar Sunday 13 May 2018, 5pm to 6.30pm David Tracy is perhaps the most eminent Roman Catholic, as well as North American, theologian of his generation. He comes to Sarum College to deliver a rare UK lecture. Students of theology may know his Blessed Rage for Order (1975) and The Analogical Imagination (1980), as well as his attractive and enduringly timely essay on the character of intellectual conversation, Plurality and Ambiguity (1986). Tracy’s writings of… Read more

Iterations: Spirituality in post-Christian Times

Mon 14 May 2018, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Following the success of a day conference in May 2017 (entitled Interrelations: Spirituality and Theology), the Sarum Centre for Contemporary Spirituality is pleased to announce a second day conference in this series on Monday 14 May 2018. We are also delighted to be welcoming leading US theologian of his generation, Professor David Tracy from the University of Chicago, for a Public Lecture on the preceding Sunday evening. Professor Tracy will also be participating in the Monday conference. View the full… Read more

The First Six Hundred Years: How Christianity Spread Around the Mediterranean

Thu 17 May 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Within ten years of the crucifixion Christianity had spread from Jerusalem to as far as Rome, and in the following decades to Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, Cyprus, and Crete. How was this possible? This lecture will attempt to answer this question, and also track Christianity’s development as it began to embrace the whole of the Mediterranean. We shall drop in to some of the early great Councils of the Church, where doctrine was being decided. We shall visit the third century… Read more

June 2018

Contemplation, Meditation and Mindfulness: Intersecting Traditions

Wed 6 June 2018, 11:00 am to Thu 7 June 2018, 4:00 pm
Recent decades have seen a growth in meditative, contemplative and mindfulness practices, in and across different faith traditions and more secular contexts. For example, Zen has attracted practitioners from beyond Buddhism; Thomas Merton has inspired engagement with contemplation; Mindfulness practice has become a recognised aspect of contemporary healthcare; the World Community of Christian Meditation has connected many with the work of John Main and Lawrence Freeman. This conference draws together practitioners from across traditions, including those rooted in different faiths… Read more

September 2018

2018 Niblett Memorial Lecture – Reimagine: The Role of the Church in the 21st Century

Sat 22 September 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
In the early years of the 16th century a young German monk by the name of Martin Luther came to believe that the shape of the established Church and its relationship to the State did not fit the needs of the world in which he was called to live and serve. He wrote a commentary to reimagine faith and Church, based around the work of Paul and the Epistle to the Romans. In the early years of the 20th century… Read more

October 2018

The Sarum Symposium

Mon 22 October 2018, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The Sarum Symposium is the exciting new direction for the annual Sarum Lectures. This event, in Salisbury Guildhall, will bring together a panel each year to discuss truth and narrative from diverse perspectives, reflecting on questions such as: How do stories help us to understand the world? What are the stories we tell ourselves and others? In what way is theology a narrative of truth? Months after Salisbury’s nerve agent attack and in the year marking the centenary of the end of WWI and… Read more

Jan van Eyck: Windows On Another World

Mon 29 October 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Jan van Eyck was one of the greatest painters of what has been called the Northern Renaissance. He introduced radically new styles of painting and left his peers astounded by his sheer artistic genius and his innovative treatment of his subject matter. He brought a heightened realism to his paintings and helped to shape the development of painting in Northern Europe for centuries to come. This lecture looks at some of his most beguiling, challenging and enigmatic paintings, including the… Read more

February 2019

Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism

Mon 18 February 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Globalisation and consumerism affect every area of our lives. It’s not just about shopping: these powerful forces shape our personal lives, how we relate to one another, how we view the world – and we’re having a serious impact both on the lives of the global poor, and on the health of the planet itself. In this lecture, Dr Ruth Valerio will look at these forces and consider how we can live well in this globalised, consumerist context and what… Read more

The Myth of the ‘Good’ War: Theological Perspectives on Moral Injury and Original Sin

Thu 28 February 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The 2019 Robbins Lecture at Sarum College will be held on 28 February 2019. ‘The Myth of the “Good” War: Theological perspectives on Moral Injury and Original Sin’ will be delivered by Dr Brian Powers. Brian is the first Vann Fellow at The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies at Durham University. Vann Fellows study and illuminate the relationship of Christianity and the armed forces across time and space, across Christian traditions, and across many subject areas. It is named in memory of The… Read more

May 2019

Processions in Medieval Salisbury Cathedral and Their Antecedents

Mon 13 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This lecture addresses an important aspect of ritual in the medieval church – processions. At Salisbury Cathedral there were processions on around 100 days of the year. They varied in complexity, routes and intention. By the time the cathedral was founded in 1078, they were well established in the Western Church; and what happened at the first cathedral in the twelfth century was transferred (with some changes of route) to the new cathedral in the thirteenth century. The lecture will… 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

October 2019

Into the North: The Defeat of Paganism and the Rise of Christianity in Scandinavia

Thu 17 October 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This lecture will explore the enormous difficulties encountered by early missionaries as they went beyond the confines of the Roman Empire. How were the powerful Viking gods toppled? Was contact, through war and trade, with Christian states to make a difference to the Norsemens’ thinking? We shall also look at early Christian/pagan artefacts, and the famous early stave churches in Norway and Sweden, some of which remain as places of worship today. We shall look at the earliest Christian artefacts found… Read more

November 2019

MODEM Conference 2019- Losing Control: Enabling Withness

Thu 21 November 2019, 12:00 pm to Fri 22 November 2019, 2:00 pm
MODEM Conference 2019 This conference, in partnership with the Susanna Wesley Foundation, will explore ideas Sam Wells has developed in his recent books and how these can relate to ideas from organisation studies about the emergence and non-imperialistic forms of organising and non-control and relate these to experience and wisdom from local churches. We will be exploring ideas that Sam Wells has been developing in ‘A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God’ (2015), ‘Incarnational ministry: being with the church’ (2017) and… Read more

February 2020

Perham-Shaped Worship

Fri 28 February 2020, 3:00 pm to Sat 29 February 2020, 4:00 pm
This symposium is an invitation to consider the remarkably rich and diverse influence of the late Bishop Michael Perham upon worship in the Church of England. In this public forum, speakers with first-hand experience of Michael’s ministry will address issues such as nurturing worship in the parish, liturgical leadership, the formation of praying people, and liturgical revision. Session Titles & Contributors Click on a session title for the full description Praying and Practising the Liturgy: Inhabiting the Eucharist with Tom Clammer… Read more
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