Centre for Encountering the Bible

Opportunities to read, explore, discuss and interpret biblical texts and their ancient contexts from diverse perspectives.

We want to read and interpret the bible for many different reasons: not only for historical information, moral guidance or spiritual wisdom but also to encounter each other and God and for the sheer pleasure of it. We want to read and interpret the bible for many different contexts: not only of Christian church but also in the context of political questions and contemporary culture. We want to read and interpret the bible from many different angles: not only liberal and conservative but also secular and interfaith.

Dr Jayme Reaves is the Centre coordinator. Dr Reaves is a Public Theologian, working with congregations and communities to reflect on the public impact of their theology. She is an Honorary Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education and the author of the 2016 book, Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality, which looks at the practice of providing sanctuary to the threatened other in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions and their sacred texts.

‘The workshop led by Sarum staff engaged and enriched all those who attended our church retreat. As a result, we have folk who are keen to sign up to Sarum and start studying with you which is a testament to what you shared and how you engaged with them. Thank you!’

Retreat leader, re September 2019 session led by Dr Jayme Reaves