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January 2019

TQQ: The Languages of Salvation: Metaphor and Diversity

Tue 22 January, 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

Lunchtime Concert: Serena Kay & Lucy Colquhoun

Fri 25 January, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Serena Kay and Lucy Colquhoun. 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) Please note that the pianist has changed from previous publicity. Read more

Nevertheless She Persisted: Theology, Faith and Feminism

Sat 26 January, 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

Wisdom for Mission from the Church Fathers

Tue 29 January, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In this day, we will be distilling some of the teaching from the Church Fathers on Mission. We will especially be drawing from the Cappadocian Fathers of the 4th Century: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory Nyssen. During the day, as well as sketching the background to their lives and works, we will cover three main areas: Considered Orthodoxy: Gregory Nazianzen. Gregory both defended and proclaimed the central message of Christianity: the Incarnation of the Divine Logos for the… Read more

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

Tue 29 January, 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
February 2019

New Monasticism: Boundary-Crossing Communities

Fri 1 February, 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 also include discussion on 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… Read more

TQQ: Christ for us Today

Tue 5 February, 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

Spiritual Directors Forum: Listening in Spirit?

Mon 11 February, 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

TQQ: The Sacraments: Celebrating Salvation

Tue 12 February, 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

Awkward Reverence: Exploring the Poetry of Philip Larkin

Sat 16 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Philip Larkin became one of Britain’s most popular post-War poets on the strength of just over 100 pages of poetry. His reputation as a grumpy, right-wing curmudgeon has sometimes distracted people from a more careful reading of the poems. These often have a lucidity of language coupled with an alarming honesty about the feelings and illusions of a 20th century life. How might a person of faith approach Larkin’s work? Is there a helpful conversation to be had between his… Read more

Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism

Mon 18 February, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Globalisation and consumerism affect every area of our lives. It’s not just about shopping: these powerful forces shape our personal lives, how we relate to one another, how we view the world – and we’re having a serious impact both on the lives of the global poor, and on the health of the planet itself. In this lecture, Dr Ruth Valerio will look at these forces and consider how we can live well in this globalised, consumerist context and what… Read more

TQQ: Christ as Liberator: Liberation Theology and Feminism

Tue 19 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

Lunchtime Concert: Bill Benham & David Price

Fri 22 February, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Bill Benham and David Price. Featuring Brahms violin sonata no.1. 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

Introduction to Christian Doctrine and History

Sat 23 February, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
A brief look at key periods and issues in the history of the Church and major doctrinal developments. We will explore the historical contexts within which core theological ideas were developed or formulated. 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

Bible in Context

Sat 23 February, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This course will enable participants to develop their understanding of the nature of the exegetical task involved in preparation for preaching, as well as developing their skills in the art of preaching itself. 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… Read more

TQQ: Christ and Suffering

Tue 26 February, 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

Rural Ministry: Learning from Chaplaincy

Thu 28 February, 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

Tragedy and Congregations

Fri 1 March, 3:00 pm to Sun 3 March, 3:00 pm
Manchester Arena, Grenfell Tower, Borough Market. And of course Salisbury’s own poisoning tragedy. These dramatic events cause many people to seek out churches as places of refuge, reflection, prayer, and questioning. Christians too will have their questions: why has God made a world so full of traumatising events? What is God’s involvement in the horrific event? This weekend offers the chance to explore the nature of trauma and its effect on lives and communities. It is an exploration that will… Read more

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

Tue 5 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

Film as Religion

Tue 12 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) A definition of… cinema? Our words “theatre” and “theology” derive from the same Greek word: to watch. Can we watch film faithfully? Exploring the links – cultural, phenomenological, theological – between faith and film, this day will be richly illustrated with group discussion. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

TQQ: Seeing Salvation: The Vision of Art

Tue 12 March, 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

Creativity, Culture and Christian Mission

Sat 16 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day for practitioners in mission, ministry and the arts. Through a mixture of lectures, case studies and theological reflection we will explore how the creative arts can inform Christian engagement with culture today. It will focus on listening to culture through the arts, on the importance of language and the role of poetry, considering missional artistic initiatives, and thinking more generally about the role of imagination and creativity in Christian mission. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk … Read more

Leading in a Second Chair

Tue 19 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Leaders are often assumed to be at the top of organisations. Relatively little attention has been paid to those occupying a second chair. The role may be clear, eg deputy head of a school or vice-chair of a board of trustees. But application in a church context – youth pastor, curate, deacon, Licensed Lay Minister – can raise questions of ecclesiology and approaches to ministry. Second chair leaders are both leaders and followers. What personal and organisational consequences does this… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Duo Brikcius

Fri 22 March, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Duo Brikcius, brother and sister František Brikcius and Anna Brikciusová. Music by Offenbach, G Klein, Kosíková and Janáček. Duo Brikcius is a Czech chamber music ensemble created by two promising young cellists (brother and sister), Anna Brikciusova and Frantisek Brikcius. Both founding members are well acquainted with the solo cello repertoire, but decided to increase their repertoire with music written for this unusual combination (with great hidden potential) of two cellos. The main aims of Duo Brikcius are to… Read more

Eaten Up: Food, God and Us

Tue 26 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Everyone has a ‘food story’. Food is essential to life, yet is contested at just about every level – from our individual relationship with it (do we under-eat, over-eat, obsess about it, not care about it?), to its wider political significances. This day will be exploratory and participatory. We will look at issues of: food and identity: body image, health and wellbeing, links with mental health, food as culture; food and politics: food poverty, gifting food, inequality, starvation as a weapon;… Read more

John of the Cross: The Much Misunderstood Mystic

Wed 27 March, 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

A History of Sin

Thu 28 March, 10:00 am to Fri 29 March, 4:00 pm
The idea of ‘sin’ has changed through time. This course will examine various scriptural understandings of sin and then explore how these are developed in early Christian traditions of prayer. The legacy of the spiritual teacher Evagrius is central as his insights into the psychology of sin still nourish Christian spirituality today. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
April 2019

Music in Worship Day: The Legacy of African-American Spirituals for Congregational Song

Fri 5 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Spirituals emerged from a cauldron of conflict, deep pain and suffering. They were, for enslaved African Americans, a source of affirmation, protest and liberation. So too, congregational song has, from its beginnings, been mired in controversy and conflict. Church authorities have regarded it with suspicion because singing affirms and emboldens the people in the pew and provides them with a means of articulating their faith. The praise of God through the Spirituals and congregational song becomes a shout of… Read more

Holy Week at Sarum 2019

Mon 15 April, 10:00 am to Thu 18 April, 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

TQQ: The Holy Spirit in the Witness of Scripture

Tue 23 April, 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

Spiritual Directors Forum: Vocation, Identity and Affirmation

Mon 29 April, 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

TQQ: The Holy Spirit and the Development of Doctrine

Tue 30 April, 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, 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, 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

Weeping at the Grave we Make our Song? Funeral Ministry and the Church of England

Wed 8 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Funerals are changing. Once the preserve of ordained ministers – and nearly all conducted by the Church of England – there is now variety and choice for those who are faced with having to organise a funeral. The Church of England now only does about one third of all funerals in England and Wales: how can we ensure that we support families in the best way possible before, during and after the funeral service. This course is aimed at clergy,… Read more

Pastoral Liturgy Day: A Fresh Approach to the Art of Leading Worship

Thu 9 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In recent years leadership has become the buzz word in church conversations about renewing patterns of ministry, to the extent that effective leadership is regarded by some as the panacea for declining congregations. Curiously absent from these discussions is a serious consideration of the vital role liturgical leadership has to play in the local church, or what lessons we can learn from wider contemporary understandings of leadership. This course is designed to help anyone involved in leading worship rediscover the… Read more

Death and Life: Christian Resources for Living Well in the Light of Mortality

Mon 13 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day course presents resources to enable churches to help people of all ages face the reality of their own mortality and engage with the hope of resurrection. It will introduce a recently launched web-based resource supported by published materials on: Running a six-part course on preparing well for death Running a creative arts workshop as a way of listening well to the working theologies of death and life held by ordinary people Running a Bible study course on death… Read more

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

Tue 14 May, 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

Stained Glass

Wed 15 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Follow the journey of a stained glass window from inspiration and design through its different processes to installation. Day includes a guided tour of the Salisbury Cathedral Glass Department and opportunities to learn about innovative contemporary projects in Europe. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

The Desert Fathers and Mothers

Fri 17 May, 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

Faith in Fiction: Anglican Women Novelists

Sat 18 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The novel provided a voice for Anglican women to explore matters of faith and their relationship to the Church of England. We will study the work of selected authors from this perspective, particularly that of Dame Rose Macaulay, Dorothy L. Sayers and P.D. James. The study day draws from a collection of essays compiled in a forthcoming book Anglican Women Novelists edited by Judith Maltby and Alison Shell about women who were inspired to write fiction through their relationship with the Church of England. The book explores developments… Read more

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

Mon 20 May, 1:00 pm to Thu 23 May, 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, 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, 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

Music in Worship Day: Music and the Christian Faith – A Day with J.S. Bach

Tue 4 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Building upon his recent courses on J.S. Bach’s music for the Passion and Easter, Charles Stewart reflects on how Bach interprets the core beliefs of Christianity through music: “I freely acknowledge my personal debt of gratitude to J. S. Bach, because time and again his music has enabled elements of Christian faith, doctrine and experience to be taken deeper into the heart of who I am. In other words, Bach’s music has helped me understand more fully what it can… Read more

TQQ: Ministries: Inclusion and Identity

Tue 4 June, 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

New Thinking in Pastoral and Practical Theology

Wed 5 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the nature of Pastoral and practical theology as a discipline. We will look at the way this area of theology has developed over the last 30 years and explore some of the key thinkers in this field. We will offer an opportunity for us to reflect together on what we have found helpful in our theological thinking and Pastoral work. We will also review some key writers and developments in the field. Anyone interested in putting… Read more

Richard Hooker, Apostle of Anglicanism

Thu 6 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is rightly described as the seminal theologian of the Church of England. The first ecclesial theologian to attempt to plot a genuine ‘middle-way’ between the more aggressive Protestantisms of the European Continent and the often defensive rigidities of 16th century Roman Catholicism. He stands above all for the wisdom of the Anglican ‘middle-way’. His theology is deeply grounded both in scripture and in the ‘catholic’ and cosmic vision of early Christianity. At the same time he stands… Read more

Servant Leadership

Mon 10 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the nature of servant leadership and invite participants to reflect upon the growth and well-being of the people and communities to which they belong. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

The Bible on Film

Tue 11 June, 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
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