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September 2018

Beyond Tea and Biscuits: Extending Hospitality

Fri 14 September, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Assuming we mean more than just putting the kettle on or having friends over for dinner, what exactly do we mean by “hospitality” and what role does it play in a faithful, ethical life? This day session will look at the theology of hospitality and focus on biblical, historical, and contemporary examples of its practice. Through facilitated discussion and presentations, the day will be an opportunity to explore, interrogate, complicate, deconstruct, and re-define what we mean when we talk about… Read more

Listening to the Voices of Dementia: Learning from the Inside

Mon 17 September, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
An opportunity to listen carefully to the experiences of people who are living with dementia to develop understanding through dialogue. The event should be helpful for people living with dementia, family members, professionals, volunteers, clergy and pastoral workers. Keynote speaker: Jennifer Bute (pictured above), a former GP from Southampton who retired when she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. Since then, she has given many talks and says that the experience of helping people to understand the condition has been… Read more

Poetry and Peace Building

Fri 21 September, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Approaching the centenary of the end of the first world war, this day will explore the pastoral role of poetry after trauma, and the power of words to heal the soul. In the wake of war the ‘pastoral’ language of a green and pleasant land no longer spoke to many people. What Rebecca Chopp has called the ‘poetics of testimony’ often takes a more fragmentary and challenging form, serving a pastoral role by giving voice to inexpressible experience. Contact Alison… Read more

Rediscovering our Creatureliness

Fri 21 September, 6:00 pm to Sun 23 September, 2:00 pm
To rediscover our creatureliness, we will begin by considering Darwin’s gift to Christian spirituality, so as to reassess the significance of our vulnerability and mortality, as well as the role of humankind in the created order. Two sessions, entitled ‘From souls to selfies’ and ‘Solidarity in suffering, sin and salvation’, will then focus on the contrary pulls, both in modern thought about human nature and in the history of Christian theology, of the solidarity of humankind, on the one hand,… Read more

2018 Niblett Memorial Lecture – Reimagine: The Role of the Church in the 21st Century

Sat 22 September, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In the early years of the 16th century a young German monk by the name of Martin Luther came to believe that the shape of the established Church and its relationship to the State did not fit the needs of the world in which he was called to live and serve. He wrote a commentary to reimagine faith and Church, based around the work of Paul and the Epistle to the Romans. In the early years of the 20th century… Read more

TQQ: What Makes Theology Interesting? An Introduction to the Year

Tue 25 September, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
An introduction to the variety of reasons why studying theology has proved to be worthwhile, transformative, intellectually challenging and life enhancing for countless people through the ages. 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

Topics in Christian Doctrine

Sat 29 September, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Explore the ways in which God has been conceived, imagined, and experienced within Christian tradition, and how we can speak about God today. This Saturday teaching day offers the chance to learn alongside Sarum’s ordination and licensed lay ministry candidates. The morning will consist of two sessions led by one or more of our Sarum staff and, on occasion, visiting lecturers. This day is ideally suited to be used as a refresher, to stimulate new thinking, or as a ‘taster’ to what it is like to study at Sarum College. Contact… Read more
October 2018

TQQ: Theology and the Bible: How the Bible Functions as a Theological Resource

Tue 2 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The first of four introductory sessions in which we explore how Christians do theology. Since the Bible has been central to the development of Christian belief, we consider the relationship of the Bible to belief and how we might regard the Bible as ‘holy scripture’. 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

The Roots of Faith: Titular Churches in Rome from the 1st to 4th Century A.D.

Thu 4 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Titular Churches in Rome are some of the earliest churches in Europe. Beginning with the martyrdoms of St. Peter and St. Paul, the evening will trace the development of early House Churches to the magnificent basilicas we see today. Journey with us back through the centuries to the very roots of our faith. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Please note that the title and subject of this lecture… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Westminster Soloists Ensemble

Fri 5 October, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with the Westminster Soloists Ensemble. Programme includes Mahler Piano Quartet, Movement in A minor. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price). Each concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Sarum Singing Break 2018

Fri 5 October, 4:00 pm to Sun 7 October, 4:00 pm
The Sarum Singing Break is for anyone who enjoys singing liturgical church music. The musical retreat begins with refreshments at 4pm on Friday 5 October, and ends on Sunday 7 October at 4pm. There will be evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday along with some free time on Saturday afternoon. “It was a great opportunity to sing a wide range of music, under expert direction, in good company and in an excellent venue.” A more detailed timetable will be… Read more

TQQ: Theology in the Church: Creeds and Heresies

Tue 9 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Since its early beginnings Christianity has developed by engaging in debate around contested, yet central, beliefs. We look at how the story of beliefs accepted (in the form of creeds) and rejected (in the form of heresies) sheds light on the nature of theology. 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

Chaplaincy and Criminal Justice

Fri 12 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day for police, prison and court chaplains. This day will explore how chaplaincy works and might be developed in the police, prisons and courts, taking into account current issues and developments in the criminal justice system. Outline Timetable Session 1: Understanding Chaplaincy Today: Presence and Engagement Session 2: The Criminal Justice: Current Concerns and Trends Session 3: Workshops: How Does Chaplaincy Work in my Context? Session 4: Plenary Reflection: The Way Ahead for Chaplaincy in the Police, Prisons and… Read more

In Flight with the Wild Goose: Worship and Resources from the Iona Community

Tue 16 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Iona Community is widely known for its distinctive worship style, associated either with Wild Goose Publications or the influential figure of John Bell. This course, led by two former Resident Musicians of Iona Abbey, will explore the appeal of Iona and provide guidance on how a local church could use the worship resources including songs for choirs and congregations, separate liturgies and liturgical resources to integrate into your regular worship pattern. A day that caters for those already familiar… Read more

TQQ: Theology and Prayer: Worship and Belief

Tue 16 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The conviction that undergirds this session is that the God of Christian theology is also the God to whom Christians pray. We explore how belief is expressed in public forms of worship and prayer, and how belief and worship have influenced each other. 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

The Way of the Pilgrim

Thu 18 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Pilgrimage has been growing in popularity in recent times, becoming something of a global industry. There is interest in the classic pilgrimage routes and destinations, such as Santiago de Compostela in Spain, or Lourdes in France; and in more local pilgrimages, with cathedrals, for example, aiming to ‘turn visitors into pilgrims’ and seeing increased visitor numbers. Books, films and blogs illustrate how people go on pilgrimage for a diversity of reasons. Pilgrimage is therefore a subject of interest to historians,… Read more

Sing Gregorian Chant

Sat 20 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day offers the chance to experience and sing Gregorian chant in a friendly context. An entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience structured around the monastic hour services. Using at first simple recitation in English, it includes also some of the rich heritage of more adventurous Latin chant. This course is open to all and all are welcome – singers and those afraid to sing but fascinated by the idea of the chant and interested in cultural history. Includes a session… Read more

Stanley Spencer’s Memorial Chapel at Burghclere

Mon 22 October, 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

The Sarum Symposium

Mon 22 October, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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… Read more

TQQ: Theology with Theologians: An Introduction to Theological Schemes

Tue 23 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
A central task of Christian theology has been to provide a coherent and rational account of the way core beliefs relate to one another. By drawing upon examples, we shall consider how theologians have thought systematically about God, the world and human beings. 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

Jewish Roots of the Gospels

Thu 25 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A look at the Jewish roots to the texts of gospels. Drawing from early Jewish sources and the Hebrew Scriptures, showing how Jewish the gospels are in text, shape, themes and vocabulary, we’ll identify some fragments of potential original Hebrew text and the threads of the Jewish calendar and feasts. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Jan van Eyck: Windows On Another World

Mon 29 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Jan van Eyck was one of the greatest painters of what has been called the Northern Renaissance. He introduced radically new styles of painting and left his peers astounded by his sheer artistic genius and his innovative treatment of his subject matter. He brought a heightened realism to his paintings and helped to shape the development of painting in Northern Europe for centuries to come. This lecture looks at some of his most beguiling, challenging and enigmatic paintings, including the… Read more

TQQ: God the Trinity

Tue 30 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Doctrines or delusions! Sometimes we are not quite sure which of these is more appropriate to one of the central convictions of Christian faith – the Trinity. In the last 60 years or so there has been a surprising revival of Trinitarian thinking in the Christian church. We will look at how a Trinitarian understanding of God can open our eyes to exciting new insights about God, the world and ourselves. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the… Read more
November 2018

The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls: Art and the City

Thu 1 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The city attracts some of the most elusive, creative and talented contemporary artists and our city landscapes have become the setting for some of our best known urban art, which is an enduring testimony to how the city both tantalises and torments us. From Banksy to Shepherd Fairey, JR and Xavier Prou, street art has become some of the most iconic and provocative art of our generation. Utilising material primarily from Roland Bean’s dissertation on urban theology ‘Imagining Jerusalem and… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Jenny Broome & Christine Lewry

Fri 2 November, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Jenny Broome and Christine Lewry. A pot-pourri of French songs and harp solos. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price). Each concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

No Petticoats Here

Sun 4 November, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
A musical performance exploring the lives of inspirational First World War women through original songs and storytelling. Expect to hear songs that span the full range of human emotion from the triumphant waltz Pride of the Army about matron Ada Yorke, to the call to arms of Toil, Women, Toil – a marching song inspired by the army of women workers at Priddy’s Hard in Hampshire. Accompanying herself on guitar, keyboard and percussion Louise Jordan brings to life the stories of… Read more

Spiritual Directors Forum: Companions for the Journey

Mon 5 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
People on a spiritual journey are longing for others to walk with, not to walk alone. Often they are not looking for teachers, or even guides, so much as fellow explorers. There is as much need for ‘community’ as there has ever been and certainly the fragmented nature of our society leaves some on the margins, unsure where to find spiritual bread. Jacqui Lea has been engaged in offering hospitality to those in search of spiritual safe space, through the… Read more

Biblical Study Break: Love the Stranger – Migration, the Bible and our Societies

Mon 5 November, 1:00 pm to Thu 8 November, 2:00 pm
This study addresses one of the most important issues that the United Kingdom and, indeed, the wider global population must deal with today: migration. What is not widely known, either within faith communities or in culture more broadly, is that the Bible speaks extensively about migration. As a result of following this course, participants will be encouraged to explore what practical and positive steps they might take to deal with the issues related to migration that we face today in… Read more

TQQ: God and Creation

Tue 6 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ever since Darwin, Christian belief in God as creator has become a contested area of belief. We will look at the sources that inform our understanding of God as creator and suggest ways in which this can inform a responsible, faithful and intellectually credible account of the world we live in. 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

Empathy and the Experience of Faith

Fri 9 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Using examples from literature, poetry, theology and film, this day will explore the idea that the shared experience of vulnerability, of woundedness, lies both at the heart of what it is to be human, and at the root of Christian faith. For Christians, faith is not a cognitive faculty, or a heard demand for obedience, or adherence to a law; it is an elicited response to the call to love. Ultimately, we are commanded, not to know or to obey,… Read more

TQQ: God and Humankind: Made in the Image of God

Tue 13 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The glory of God is human persons fully alive and centred around our core identity and dignity. What does it mean to claim that unique among God’s creation is a form of life that reflects, radiates and resonates with the heartbeat and character of the eternal God? Is such a central affirmation of Christian faith credible any longer in our modern, pluralist globalized world? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions,… Read more

Words of Consolation and Challenge: Poetry and Pastoral Care

Thu 15 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Poetry can be a gift to the pastor, offering words to comfort the sorrowing and disturb the complacent. Mark Pryce will explore how poetry enriches pastoral care for individuals and communities, opening up spiritual perspectives on birth, death and the range of life experiences in between. This is a day to resource pastoral care for lay and ordained ministers, chaplains, and care-givers of all kinds. It will enable pastors to reflect on their work and identity, and equip them with… Read more

Making the Most of Being Me: Practical Theology as a Resource for Self-development

Mon 19 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Pierre-André Liégé, one of the foremost French theologians of the 20th century, influenced John XXIII and Paul VI, and sat on Vatican II committees with both the future John Paul II and Benedict VI. In the light of his challenging yet inspiring work, a lot of contemporary church life appears insipid, if not plain wet. This study day will combine an exploration of Liégé’s compelling vision with a live opportunity for participants to work with the questions: Where have I… Read more

Life or Death: Whose Decision? Exploring the Ethics of Assisted Dying

Tue 20 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will introduce participants to some of the questions, competing ethical theories and human stories that surround our ongoing disagreements about assisted dying. We shall have an opportunity to look at the divergence of public and political opinion about the law in this area and explore some of the choices that might be available to us. There will be an opportunity for some small group discussion and participants will be resourced with guidelines and information about the moral, ethical… Read more

TQQ: God and Humankind: The Fractured Image

Tue 20 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The line between good and evil runs through every single individual (Alexander Solzhenitsyn). What breeds such a tragic destiny and why are we saddled with this fateful responsibility? This forms one of the most dangerous and difficult fault lines of our individual and corporate human stories – the fact that we are, as Martin Luther said, simultaneously saints and sinners! 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

Tidings of a Gospel True: Preaching at Christmas

Wed 21 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Christmas celebration provides great opportunities for preachers to engage with people who come to our churches for many different reasons. But, if we are honest, it can also be a time when preparation time is short, we juggle numerous demands, and we struggle to find fresh ways to proclaim an over-familiar story. How do we as preachers proclaim the amazing Christmas message so that our hearers might really be able to sing ‘Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings… Read more

Found Out: Women’s Faith and Sexuality

Thu 22 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Our sexuality is key to our identity and wellbeing, and our faith journey. It is closely intertwined with our gender and our spirituality. You may be in a pastoral or a therapeutic role; you may be exercising ministry – lay or ordained; or you may be negotiating the complexities of an institutional religious setting where the underlying inherited values of the Christian community feel to be at odds with our wider social context. Or you may simply wish to reflect… Read more

Leadership Matters: Finding Voice, Connection and Meaning in the 21st Century

Fri 23 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day coincides with the launch of the paperback edition of Leadership Matters: Finding Voice, Connection and Meaning in the 21st Century, published by Routledge. “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists… Read more

Human Identity: Theology, Vocation and Professional Practice

Sat 24 November, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This morning will first cover pastoral listening and putting it into practice. Then we discuss personality and collaboration, asking how do we value and honour each other, and work well together in our churches and beyond. This Saturday teaching day offers the chance to learn alongside Sarum’s ordination and licensed lay ministry candidates. The morning will consist of two sessions led by one or more of our Sarum staff and, on occasion, visiting lecturers. This day is ideally suited to be used as a refresher, to stimulate… Read more

Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality

Sat 24 November, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This considers the different ways in which the Lord’s Prayer has shaped Christian prayer. We will then explore how the season of Advent provides a way of connecting spirituality, liturgy and ministry. This Saturday teaching day offers the chance to learn alongside Sarum’s ordination and licensed lay ministry candidates. The morning will consist of two sessions led by one or more of our Sarum staff and, on occasion, visiting lecturers. This day is ideally suited to be used as a refresher, to stimulate new thinking,… Read more

Advent Individually Guided Retreat

Mon 26 November, 11:00 am to Thu 29 November, 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. Tailor made individual retreats can also be arranged. Contact us for… Read more

TQQ: Theology Through Art

Tue 27 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This session concludes the term in which we have been looking at ways in which theology is done. Today we will take a slightly more unusual approach and look at art to see what it tells us about religious beliefs. Prior to the mid-twentieth century religion was the main topic for artists, just as the church was their main sponsor. In the process the artists expressed official and unofficial beliefs through the medium of art. What do you think may… Read more
December 2018

Reflections for Advent with R.S. Thomas

Mon 3 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day on the work of R.S. Thomas whose poetry leads us into the mystery and paradox of God. We will draw out Advent themes with opportunities to reflect on specific poems as companions for the Advent journey. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Christopher Guild

Fri 7 December, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Christopher Guild. Crossing continents: music inspired by native cultures across the globe: featuring Debussy and Percy Grainger. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price). Each concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
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

Glory

Sat 19 January 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will introduce participants to various approaches to the suffering that seems to fill both the human and the non-human worlds. We shall have an opportunity to look at some of the recent debates about ‘natural evil’ in particular. We shall then move on to consider the concept of divine glory, which is so important in the Christian Scriptures. In a sense every event can be looked at through three lenses: that of the creation, its laws and processes,… 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

Lunchtime Concert: Serena Kay & Joanna Miller-Shepherd

Fri 25 January 2019, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Serena Kay and Joanna Miller-Shepherd. In the key of love: Dvorak, Britten, Rossini and Faure. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price). Each concert lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Nevertheless She Persisted: Theology, Faith and Feminism

Sat 26 January 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As women increasingly break new ground in the Church, what are the joys and challenges, and what of the future? Weaving together performance poetry, art, story-sharing and feminist theology, this day offers space for conversation and reflection on contemporary issues in a creative and accessible way. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
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