Lectures & Conferences

people listening and taking notes in a letcureSarum College hosts a variety of public events throughout the year, including lectures and conferences.

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Sarum Symposium

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 the right of (some) women to vote, our 2018 panel of storytellers will consider the words of the late novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, from her 2014 National Book Awards speech:

“Hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries – the realists of a larger reality.”

Full details for 22 October 2018


Sarum Lectures

The Sarum Lectures was an annual series of evening talks designed to make accessible to a wide audience the work of specialists in a variety of fields in the study of theology. Organised in partnership with Salisbury Cathedral, they generally formed the basis of a book published subsequently by Darton, Longman & Todd.

Previous Series

Niblett Memorial Lecture

Niblett Memorial Lecture speakers are drawn from some aspect of public service and invited to reflect on the place of faith and/or ethics in their particular area of service.

The lecture is held annually in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE and a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.

A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.

Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.

Each lecture is followed by a reflection by The Rt Revd Peter Selby, who also contributes to the post-lecture discussion.

2018 Niblett Memorial Lecture
22 September 2018, 7pm in the Banqueting Hall, Salisbury Guildhall, The Market Place
Salisbury, SP1 1JH. Description and details here

Speaker Steve Chalke is founder of the Oasis Charitable Trust and a former United Nations’ Special Adviser on Human Trafficking.

Previous Speakers