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January 2019

TQQ: The Human Christ

Tue 8 January 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Is Jesus a real flesh and blood person with whom we can identify and follow as his contemporary disciples? Is this the only Jesus we need? Or is such a view of Jesus insufficient to both the task of Christian theology and in terms of our mission to the world? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: The Cosmic Christ

Tue 15 January 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The true significance of Jesus began to be explored by the early Christian church by identifying the earthly Jesus with the divine Logos spoken about in the prologue to John’s gospel. Here Jesus is understood as the pre-existent Second Person of the Trinity who takes human form and substance in the historical Jesus of Nazareth – is such a cosmic notion of Christ intelligible today? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and… Read more

TQQ: Christ for us Today

Tue 22 January 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This session looks at what Christ means for different cultures and in different contexts today, including Black, African and Asian christologies. It explores where Christ is to be found in the devotion and action of the contemporary church, asking Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s question: ‘Who is Jesus Christ, for us, today?’ Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: The Languages of Salvation: Metaphor and Diversity

Tue 29 January 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Christians have drawn upon a variety of images to describe the continuing impact of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection upon human lives. We explore the reasons behind the plurality of metaphors used in understanding the nature of God’s salvation through Christ. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more
February 2019

TQQ: Christ’s Death as Victorious and Vicarious: Eastern and Western Church Views of Salvation

Tue 5 February 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The two main historic families of Christian thought and belief, the Orthodox and the Catholic, have characteristic emphases in their understanding of salvation. We consider the differences between these traditions, and their implications for understanding the death and resurrection of Christ. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

Biblical Study Break: The Bible and the Emotions – Faith and Feeling in Early Christianity

Mon 11 February 2019, 1:00 pm to Thu 14 February 2019, 2:00 pm
According to the Gospel of John, as Jesus approached the tomb of Lazarus, he began to weep. This gives us a hint that there is an important emotional dimension to the life of faith as witnessed in the New Testament. The aim of this course is to open up this new area of research by giving attention to the emotional impact of early Christian belief and practice. Against the backdrop of the scriptures and the Greco-Roman world, we will look… Read more

TQQ: The Sacraments: Celebrating Salvation

Tue 12 February 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lying at the heart of the majority of Christian traditions, sacraments have attracted sustained theological thinking, heated debate and rich devotional writing. This session will consider the nature of the sacraments and their place within Christian traditions of worship. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: Christ as Liberator: Liberation Theology and Feminism

Tue 19 February 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In our time Jesus has become both the liberator of the poor and oppressed and the liberator of women in new and foundational ways. Is it the case therefore that history has been largely ‘his story’ rather than ‘her story’, and similarly the history of the rich and famous rather than of the poor and oppressed? If so, how can Jesus make a difference to such a situation? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information… Read more

TQQ: Christ and Suffering

Tue 26 February 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The crucifixion of Jesus and the ‘Passion of Christ’ still grab media headlines and box office success. Yet in a world where there is so much awful, needless and indiscriminate suffering how is all this squared with a wise and loving God somehow identified with the suffering of his Son? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more
March 2019

TQQ: Christ and Many Faiths: A Christian Approach to Other Faiths

Tue 5 March 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
One of the most pressing questions that face both global and local communities is how world religions relate to one another. We will consider how Christianity offers important perspectives on how we can engage with other faiths, and in particular how it is possible to hold together both the unique and the universal dimensions of Christian faith. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on… Read more

TQQ: Seeing Salvation: The Vision of Art

Tue 12 March 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Last term we looked at art to see if it could teach us anything about theology. In this session we will take a more detailed look at the subject and specifically examine the work of certain Pre-Raphaelite artists to see what their output tells us about religious beliefs and practices in the middle of the nineteenth century. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on… Read more
April 2019

TQQ: The Holy Spirit in the Witness of Scripture

Tue 23 April 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This session traces the idea of the breath of God from creation to incarnation through the Hebrew scriptures to the Gospels and letters. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: The Holy Spirit and the Development of Doctrine

Tue 30 April 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
It seems as if the Holy Spirit is absent from the earliest church fathers and is only discussed in the fourth century. In this session we will trace the presence of the Spirit especially in works on prayer (Origen) and in what we know from heretical groups like the Montanists to the debates of the fourth century and the settlement of Constantinople. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ… Read more
May 2019

How The Letter to the Ephesians Can Enable Your Local Church to Grow

Thu 2 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Through lecture, discussion and workshop we explore the letter to the Ephesians to see how its vision can bring direction, energy and vitality to our local churches. This course is for ordained and lay, leaders and congregational members of churches of all denominations. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Living in Community

Tue 7 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
There has been renewed interest in the question of “How do we live well together?” From ‘Big Society’ to different responses to homosexuality the church has been involved with secular discussions. We will explore scriptural ideals for community. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: The Hopeful Community: Living in the Light of the End

Tue 14 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Christian community lives in the space between the introduction of God’s new world, where hope has been realised through Jesus Christ, and the hopeful, but as yet unrealized, expectation that God’s plan for the world will eventually be fulfilled. The roots of this hope are to be found in the preaching of Jesus himself. The Church could entertain the revolutionary thought that it was the community of the new age, but it also had to come to terms with the… Read more

Biblical Study Break: The World of Jesus – Archaeology, Geography and Texts

Mon 20 May 2019, 1:00 pm to Thu 23 May 2019, 2:00 pm
This Biblical Study Break is an immersion into the world of Jesus through archaeology, geography and New Testament texts. It will begin by exploring the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (the temples of Solomon and Herod) and the significance of the temple in ancient Judaism. It will then look at related texts and the importance of the temple for understanding Jesus in the New Testament. Other locations such as Bethlehem, Bethsaida, Nazareth and Caesarea Philippi will then be explored with a… Read more

TQQ: The Church: Metaphors and Models

Tue 21 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
From earliest times, metaphors used for the Church disclose a great deal about how the Church is understood in and of itself and in relation to its context in society. We will consider the range of such terms, and also examine how the study of churches and sects helps us to understand the true nature of the Christian community. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison… Read more

TQQ: One Church, One Faith, One Lord

Tue 28 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Those well known words, penned by Edward Plumptre in 1889, would soon be given energy through the movement towards ecumenism. Their view of Christian history might be thought decidedly rosy, for the Christian community’s existence as ‘one, holy, catholic and apostolic’ had been, and would continue to be, somewhat chequered. The key question for our session will focus on the way unity has been or should be understood, how far it requires uniformity, and what space can be allowed for… Read more
June 2019

TQQ: Ministries: Inclusion and Identity

Tue 4 June 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Leaders? Ministers? Priests? The priesthood of all believers? Bishops? How ordination and the status of the ordained is understood has often been a stumbling block in relations between the churches, and often gives expression to an understanding of the Church itself as it lives as a community. Whether gender is a criterion, whether and in what sense ‘apostolic succession’ is a viable consideration, whether the notion of ‘the priesthood of all believers’ is sufficient, and what authority ‘the Church has… Read more

The Bible on Film

Tue 11 June 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
According to the film pundits the 1950’s were the golden years of the Hollywood biblical epics. Many will remember Charlton Heston as an angst driven Moses in the Ten Commandments (1956). Then came Ben Hur (1959), King of Kings (1961) and The Greatest Story ever told (1965). These films were massive Hollywood epics on a huge cinematic scale with large production budgets casting many of the leading stars of the day. In our time there has been something of a… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Care for Creation

Tue 11 June 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
With the help of Laudato Si and selected biblical passages we will try to respond to concerns about climate change. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Money Matters

Tue 18 June 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
From the Lord’s prayer to Levitical laws the bible is very vocal about ‘debt’ and how to deal with it. This session will explore to what extent these biblical ideas might influence our choices in our economic life. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact Alison Ogden on 01722 424826 or aogden@sarum.ac.uk. Read more

TQQ: The Church and the Churches: The Message of Christian Architecture

Tue 25 June 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Why are the churches we are so familiar with organised the way they are? Why are most in the Gothic style, and what is the difference between the medieval and Victorian varieties of this style? Why are so many Nonconformist chapels built in a Classical style? This session explores the ways in which different understandings of Church are expressed in architecture. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or… Read more
September 2019

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Hebrew I

Wed 4 September 2019, 8:30 am to Fri 6 September 2019, 4:00 pm
Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I and Hebrew II together form “An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew”. Hebrew I is designed for the complete beginner… Read more

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew: Hebrew II

Mon 9 September 2019, 8:30 am to Wed 11 September 2019, 4:00 pm
Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I and Hebrew II together form “An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew”. Hebrew I is designed for the complete beginner… Read more
November 2019

Biblical Study Break: Digging into Isaiah

Mon 4 November 2019, 1:00 pm to Thu 7 November 2019, 2:00 pm
Above all we will read all the text of these 27 lyrical, carefully-edited chapters, much-quoted in the New Testament. We will look at the famous Servant Songs, a sermon by William Carey, some poems, some music, a famous picture. Through calm attentiveness we will refresh and fortify our hearts for faith and mission. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Gospel of Matthew

Wed 20 November 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A gospel that can scale the heights of theological wisdom and at the same time seem to descend to a low level of judgmental bitterness in its treatment of Jews and Judaism has to pose challenges for all who make it the focus of a year’s reflection and worship, all, that is, who want to make it the basis for communicating week by week the Christian gospel. No shunner of controversy with Jews or, for that matter, Christians of an… Read more
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