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January 2019

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 21 January 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 January 2019, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.… Read more
February 2019

New Monasticism: Boundary-Crossing Communities

Fri 1 February 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the recent emergence of New Monasticism – usually small communities, committed to contemplation and action, who live a shared life and calling. The day will explore how these communities live historic monastic ideals in radically new ways, that speak prophetically to both church and world. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Please note that the date and tutor for this course has changed from previous publicity. Read more

Spiritual Directors Forum: Listening in Spirit?

Mon 11 February 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual directors are called to accompany others in an exploration of prayerful response to God. God may be understood as present through the Holy Spirit. How do we experience the work of the Spirit in our lives and our listening? How do we listen for ourselves and for those we listen with, in ways which both acknowledge our own responsibility and yet remain open to the surprising, transforming work of the Spirit What is the differentiation between Spirit, intuition and… Read more

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 18 February 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 February 2019, 2:00 pm
In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether? Do modern people no longer require the ‘sacred canopy’ of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to… Read more

Rural Ministry: Learning from Chaplaincy

Thu 28 February 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Rural parish ministry is often typified today by a few regular church attenders, but a continuing recognition of the role and worth of the church and particularly the priest in the wider community. Those in chaplaincy ministry have long experience of being in a similar situation in hospitals, prisons, and other environments. We will explore what might be learnt from chaplaincies to give a fresh perspective on mission and ministry in rural contexts. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries… Read more
March 2019

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 2:00 pm
This module explores the riches of Western Christian mystical tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics. Students will gain an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition, and identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact… Read more

John of the Cross: The Much Misunderstood Mystic

Wed 27 March 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
John of the Cross (1542-1591) is one of the most significant and innovative writers in the church, yet is still sorely misunderstood. This day will explore the writings, life, piety and art of this myriad-minded man through lectures, prayer, art and music. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
April 2019

Art, Belief and Spirituality

Mon 1 April 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April 2019, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Spirituality and art. This relationship is explored from historical, cultural and theological perspectives, and students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also encourages students to appreciate the place of art in Christian worship and in the life of the Church. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact the MA Administrator for all booking… Read more

Holy Week at Sarum 2019

Mon 15 April 2019, 10:00 am to Thu 18 April 2019, 10:00 am
An opportunity to contemplate Jesus’s journey to the cross by engaging with art. The artist behind the Stopping Places Stations of the Cross leads the retreat. Looking, making and prayerfully exploring – there will be space to reflect individually on responses to this journey. Book individual days of reflection or several to form part of a longer Holy Week retreat. Each day begins at 10am and concludes at 4.30pm. Participants are welcome to attend Salisbury Cathedral morning prayer and Communion at… Read more

Spiritual Directors Forum: Vocation, Identity and Affirmation

Mon 29 April 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual Direction is a highly relational ministry. How do we locate ourselves in this role in ways which are rooted in our own self of sense, spirituality and vocation as well as accountability and professionalism? What gives us a sense of worth ? How do we evaluate or monitor our developing practice? This day will explore the vocation of spiritual direction, together with the internal and external resources which may enable us to inhabit the flexibility of this ministry whilst… Read more
May 2019

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 2:00 pm
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

The Desert Fathers and Mothers

Fri 17 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This is for all interested in the history of spirituality, early monasticism and spiritual direction. The day will focus on visual explorations of the desert monasteries today; three different forms of life in the desert and the most significant desert fathers and mothers; texts and spiritual themes; early spiritual direction. “There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town and they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary… Read more
June 2019

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 2:00 pm
This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very… Read more
July 2019

A Day with Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe

Tue 2 July 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An opportunity to hear the distinctive voices of these two English women mystics. They speak from the depths of their spiritual experience and offer unconventional wisdom for their own era and ours. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) 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). Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 30 September 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 October 2019, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced… Read more
November 2019

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 25 November 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 November 2019, 2:00 pm
This module will provide students with the methodological tools to engage with a study of sexuality and Spirituality. Students will be enabled to understand how the Christian tradition has engaged with sexuality and Spirituality and how that impacts on contemporary debates. Students will be encouraged to relate these insights to their own experience and to critically evaluate the current theological and spiritual concerns in matters of sexuality. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this… Read more
January 2020

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 20 January 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 January 2020, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.… Read more
February 2020

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 17 February 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February 2020, 2:00 pm
This module enables students to explore approaches to pastoral ministry and spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. It presents them with different models of pastoral care and encourages them to reflect theologically on these models, placing them in their historical context. Students will explore issues of particular concern for pastoral ministry in the contemporary context and engage with non-theological disciplines that provide pastoral care. Students will be introduced to different approaches to spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They will consider… Read more
March 2020

Literature and Spirituality

Mon 2 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will give students the tools required to analyse modern English fiction and poetry in their relations to Christian Spirituality. It will encourage the skilful use of primary and secondary material in order to assess the spiritual character of the works of individual writers. Students will be enabled to demonstrate the relationship between Christian Spirituality and English literature. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact the MA Administrator for all… Read more
April 2020

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 20 April 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 April 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will encourage students to evaluate Western Medieval schools of Spirituality. It will examine the role of women in this period and evaluate their contribution to the Mysticism and politics of the period. Students will be encouraged to assess the impact of the Crusades on the ongoing relationship of Islam and Christianity. The module will highlight the legacy of this period to the Churches in our day. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on… Read more
May 2020

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 18 May 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 May 2020, 2:00 pm
This module enables students to gain a critical understanding of current invocations and retrievals of Celtic Spirituality. Students will be able to engage with notions of the development of spiritual traditions and the political impact of those developments. The Celtic insights into sacred space, nature, time, place, grace and eschatology will be investigated in order to enable students to have a clear understanding of the differences between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome… Read more
June 2020

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 15 June 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to critically evaluate relationships between Christian Spirituality and non-Christian spiritualities. Students will be introduced to the important role that Platonic and other philosophical traditions within antiquity played in shaping Christian Spirituality and explore ways in which non-Christian traditions continue to re-shape and challenge classical notions of Christian Spirituality in three contemporary settings. Students will also examine the subjective turn and the challenge presented by New Age and other contrasting spiritualities. The module will also allow students… Read more
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