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February 2019

TQQ: Seeing Salvation: The Vision of Art

Tue 19 February, 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

TQQ: Christ as Liberator: Liberation Theology and Feminism

Tue 26 February, 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

March 2019

TQQ: Christ and Suffering

Tue 5 March, 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

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

Tue 12 March, 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

April 2019

TQQ: Thinking About the Holy Spirit

Tue 30 April, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In this session, we ask about notions of the ‘Holy Spirit’ in Christian discourse, and how they gather under this important Name. Perhaps the Spirit is itself the one who gathers… We trace some origins and development of this Name, and ask too about related recent notions of Christian ‘spirituality’. 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

May 2019

TQQ: One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Tue 7 May, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In this lecture, we will look at the distinctive marks of the Church as an inclusive ecumenical and mission-orientated community. We will ask the question: is the creedal confession “holy, catholic and apostolic” still important, relevant and applicable 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 Church and the Churches: The Message of Christian Architecture

Tue 14 May, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This session returns to a question raised towards the end of the previous term: why are the churches we are so familiar with organized 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… Read more

TQQ: The Church: Metaphors and Models

Tue 21 May, 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: Spirit and Eucharist

Tue 28 May, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
As the early church gradually developed it’s theology of the Trinity, a greater understanding of the role and action of the Holy Spirit was formed. In this session, we will explore the relationship between the Spirit and the Eucharist in the early church and consider the impact pneumatology had on worship both in the past and in the present day. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact… Read more

June 2019

TQQ: Taizé: A Reinvention of Christian Monasticism

Tue 4 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Since its founding by Brother Roger in 1940, the Taizé Community has grown to be one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations for young people from across the world. In telling the story of this monastic community, we will discover how it witnesses to three of the most important movements in 20th Century Christianity: the ecumenical movement, the liturgical movement and the missionary movement. The session will include a video presentation helping us explore how these dimensions were reflected in… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Recognizing Shared Practices Amid Disagreement

Tue 11 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We live in a time of much plurality and division within Christian churches. How might Christians learn to disagree with each other, even sharply, without always having to withhold recognition from each other? Anglicans and Methodists sometimes like to suggest that their traditions balance Scripture, Reason, Tradition and – sometimes added – Experience. These “sources” get called like independent witnesses to the courtrooms of Christian disputation. But the model is a weak nineteenth and twentieth century concoction, and it tends… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Sex and the Body

Tue 18 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
For much of Christian history, building upon Platonic notions of contemplation and wisdom, it has been assumed that the higher interests of the human soul are sharply at odds with the desires of the body. And yet, at the same time, even these (monastic) traditions affirmed the essential goodness of the body. And they also tended to attach overwhelming significance to desire (eros), often figured in sexual imagery for communion with God. This session will survey some of this history… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Communion with our Fellow Creatures

Tue 25 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Will the environmental crises of our day ever cut Christian spirituality to the quick, or is the Church doomed to teach only rather half-heartedly our kinship with the rest of the living world under God? With the help of the Bible, Laudato Si and some sharp questions of ourselves and our tradition, we ask whether Christians could or should experience radical metanoia on behalf of their fellow creatures. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information… Read more

July 2019

TQQ: Give us Today the Bread of Tomorrow: Past, Future and Present in Christian Imagination

Tue 2 July, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Christian community imagines itself in the space between the introduction of God’s new world, where hope has been realised through Jesus Christ, and the hope, yet to be fulfilled, of God’s manifest redemption of the world. What kind of living and thinking is this, “between the times”: what kind of politics and what kind of hope? Are we really expecting Jesus to come to wrap things up? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information… Read more
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