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December 2017

Advent Individually Guided Retreat: Listening, Looking, Longing

Mon 11 December, 12:45 pm to Thu 14 December, 2:00 pm
Advent invites us to pause and reflect, at a time when both darkness and light speak to us and work within us. How are we being transformed? This retreat opens and closes with prayer and reflection together and there are three opportunities to meet individually with the retreat guide. It is particularly suitable for individuals who are new to the idea of an individually guided retreat and wish to seek a personal sense of quiet in a noisy world. The retreat begins with arrivals for… Read more
January 2018

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 22 January 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 25 January 2018, 5:00 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 2018

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 19 February 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 22 February 2018, 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 2018

Spiritual Directors Forum: Spiritual Direction With Leaders

Thu 1 March 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This gathering will offer participants the chance to explore the opportunities and challenges for leaders entering and braving the co-listening space. The day will be led by Dr Micha Jazz. He describes himself as a mystagogue and has established St Cuthbert’s Oratory as a space for prayer, retreat and encounter with God. An experienced mediator and coach, he recently launched with a colleague Bowring & Jazz, an e-learning business, placing years of practical workplace skills training online. He writes and… Read more

Literature and Spirituality

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 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 Rosemary Nicklen for all booking… Read more

Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise: The Spiritual Maturity of Thomas Merton

Thu 22 March 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
‘I mean, I know and have seen what I was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else remains but I have now seen and have pierced through the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the disguise’. The Trappist monk, author, peace activist and social critic Thomas Merton (1915-1968) remains one of the most influential and inspiring spiritual guides for contemporary religious seekers. His work reflects a living encounter between the traditions of Christian wisdom and the burning… Read more

Experience the Cookham Stations of the Cross

Thu 22 March 2018, 10:45 am to 4:30 pm
Since 2003 the village of Cookham, beloved inspiration of 20th century painter Stanley Spencer, has mounted an outdoor installation of the Stations of the Cross. Each station is unique and makes everyday village locations places of encounter with Christ’s passion. The day will take place in Cookham, Berkshire. We will gather for tea/coffee and introductions at a community-owned pub in Cookham Dean, before walking the Stations together led by Reverend Nick Plant (associate vicar of Cookham). You are asked to… Read more

Holy Week at Sarum 2018 – People of the Way: Walking with Jesus and his Friends to the Cross and Beyond

Mon 26 March 2018, 10:00 am to Thu 29 March 2018, 10:00 am
During these three days we will accompany Jesus alongside his friends as they accompany him to the cross. Where do we find ourselves on this journey? We will enter into the experience through Bible study and art, music and poetry. Each Day will open with prayer and Bible Study at 10am (day participants arrive from 9.30am). There will be reflections at 12pm and 2pm. Tea will be available from 3.30pm and we will end with a short reflection at 4pm.… Read more
April 2018

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 23 April 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 April 2018, 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 2018

Francis and Clare

Tue 15 May 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Many people know of St Francis, The Little Poor Man of Assisi. He gave up wealth and ambition to live the gospel in a joyfully radical way, and was both peacemaker and peace-giver, and who called every creature, no matter how small, by the name of brother or sister. Far fewer know of his friend, Clare, who, inspired by Francis’s preaching, escaped from her aristocratic family to follow the same path. She long outlived Francis and over the years became the faithful… Read more

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 21 May 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 May 2018, 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 2018

Spiritual Directors Forum: Spiritual Accompanying and Vocation

Wed 6 June 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Spiritual direction conversations can be vital when exploring a sense of vocation, whether to a formally recognised ministry, or to a deeper expression of gifts and energies in response to God’s call. Many people seek guidance when looking for change or a fresh challenge and those in a formal discernment process are often required to be in spiritual direction. Spiritual directors and others who accompany on a vocational journey may find themselves engaged with issues of hearing and responding to… Read more

Contemplation, Meditation and Mindfulness: Intersecting Traditions

Wed 6 June 2018, 11:00 am to Thu 7 June 2018, 4:00 pm
Recent decades have seen a growth in meditative, contemplative and mindfulness practices, in and across different faith traditions and more secular contexts. For example, Zen has attracted practitioners from beyond Buddhism; Thomas Merton has inspired engagement with contemplation; Mindfulness practice has become a recognised aspect of contemporary healthcare; the World Community of Christian Meditation has connected many with the work of John Main and Lawrence Freeman. This conference draws together practitioners from across traditions, including those rooted in different faiths… Read more

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 18 June 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 June 2018, 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
July 2018

Individually Guided Retreat

Mon 23 July 2018, 11:00 am to Thu 26 July 2018, 2:00 pm
An extended time of prayer and inner silence within a busy environment, undertaken with the support and guidance of an experienced retreat facilitator. During the retreat there will be the opportunity to meet three times with the facilitator to reflect on your experience. The rest of the time is yours to reflect and meditate. This retreat is particularly suitable for individuals who are new to the idea of an individually guided retreat and wish to seek a personal sense of quiet in a noisy world. Tailor made individual retreats can… Read more
August 2018

Sarum Summer School: Divine Wisdom to Nourish the Human Spirit

Mon 6 August 2018, 2:00 pm to Sun 12 August 2018, 2:00 pm
Sarum College invites you to the 2018 Summer School, to meet with others in an ecumenical space for reflection and imaginative thinking, and to discover living wisdom through dialogue with each other. Each of the working days of the conference will include high quality input designed to stimulate the reflective dialogue that will take place in groups and in informal conversation; and opportunities for participants to raise issues and share resources connected with the conference themes. Conference Themes Deepening reflection:… Read more
October 2018

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 1 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 October 2018, 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

Stanley Spencer’s Memorial Chapel at Burghclere

Mon 22 October 2018, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
See Spencer’s extraordinary visionary murals that memorialise the lives and the dead of World War One. The day includes a private group viewing of the chapel, accompanied by introductions to Spencer and the paintings. Then, after time for enjoying the gardens around the chapel and having a picnic lunch you will be led in a short service in the chapel on the theme of remembrance. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main… Read more
November 2018

Found Out: Women’s Faith and Sexuality

Thu 22 November 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join Alison Webster for a creative day reflecting on women’s faith and sexuality. The day will explore the reality of our experiences of gender and sexuality in our contemporary social context; our interactions, positive and negative, with the faith traditions that grew us, or that we have encountered later in life; creative ways forward in finding out for ourselves how we see God and what that means for ourselves and for our relationships, in all their variety and diversity. Contact… Read more

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 26 November 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 29 November 2018, 2:00 pm
This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of ‘experience’ and ‘self’ in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and… Read more
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

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
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
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 Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries… 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
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
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