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September 2017

2017 Niblett Memorial Lecture: How to Speak of God?

Sat 23 September, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Recent cases of the representation of religion in the British media suggest that the gulf of what is sometimes termed ‘religious literacy’ is widening. Some of this can be explained by broader social trends which suggest that whilst religion is more publicly visible and newsworthy in Western societies than for several generations, there is still widespread discomfort and resistance towards those who ‘speak of God’ in public. This unprecedented, unanticipated, agonistic co-existence of religion and secularism is sometimes termed the… Read more

TQQ: Talking Carefully About Jesus

Tue 26 September, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The life of Jesus appeared to have ended on 7 April in the year 30 CE, but no one who belonged to his movement regarded that day as providing the final full stop in the story of his life. His memory lived on, and was talked about compulsively and incessantly. What can we say about what was happening during the 30-40 years before Mark became the first writer of a ‘Gospel’? How does memory work, individually and socially, and what… Read more

Chaplaincy and Contemporary Spirituality

Thu 28 September, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will lead participants in thinking about the interaction between chaplaincy and contemporary spirituality and the engagement between chaplaincy and human flourishing. It will combine high quality speaker input with opportunities for participants to enter into discussion, raising issues and contributing their own insights and experience. The day will also include the launch of A Christian Theology of Chaplaincy, edited by John Caperon, Andrew Todd and James Walters and published by Jessica Kingsley. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |… Read more
October 2017

TQQ: Writing Skilfully About Jesus

Tue 3 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Most of the early Christians who encountered stories about Jesus probably heard them read. But the time came when pens were put to parchments, and written accounts of Jesus were published. Modern study of the Gospels has revelled in the detection of the consummate literary skills which enabled the Gospel writers to tell a compelling ‘story of Jesus’. We will venture into the world of the Gospel text, live for a few moments within its structure, feel the impact of… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Katie Salomon

Fri 6 October, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime Concert with Katie Salomon (harp). Programme includes popular classics and jazz standards, including music by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Errol Garner. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price) in the Common Room. Each concert starts at 12.45pm and 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 2017

Fri 6 October, 4:00 pm to Sun 8 October, 4:00 pm
The Sarum Singing Break is for anyone who enjoys singing liturgical church music. We will rehearse and sing services in the college chapel and Salisbury Cathedral. The repertoire will cover music from Tudor times to present day compositions. “It was a great opportunity to sing a wide range of music, under expert direction, in good company and in an excellent venue.” The musical retreat begins with refreshments at 4pm on Friday 6 October, and ends on Sunday 8 October at… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Mark: A Story of Belief and Bafflement (1 of 2)

Tue 10 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mark lets us know at the outset that he has a point of view on Jesus: he is the Messiah. But it soon becomes clear that we know more about Jesus than his often baffled companions do, and we also know more than the world at large is allowed to know. So why is so much store set on secrecy, not to mention misunderstanding? Why does Jesus’ family nurse such doubts about him, and why do his followers oscillate between getting… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Mark: A Story of Belief and Bafflement (2 of 2)

Tue 17 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Mark lets us know at the outset that he has a point of view on Jesus: he is the Messiah. But it soon becomes clear that we know more about Jesus than his often baffled companions do, and we also know more than the world at large is allowed to know. So why is so much store set on secrecy, not to mention misunderstanding? Why does Jesus’ family nurse such doubts about him, and why do his followers oscillate between getting… Read more

Path of the Heart, Path of the Mind? Entering St Teresa of Avila’s ‘Interior Castle’

Wed 18 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
St Teresa of Avila (1515 to 1582) offers a way of contemplative prayer as valid today as it was 500 years ago. During this day we shall explore this path paying particular attention to how Teresa offers us a mindful path towards the healing of the self: mind, body and soul. ‘The important thing’, she writes,’ is not to think much but to love much’ and we shall follow her advice as we enter the Interior Castle of the soul… Read more

Rural Churches: The Story of Community

Thu 19 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
What makes rural theology, ministry and mission distinctive? This day offers an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be the body of Christ in a rural context and how this shapes our vision of ministry and mission. The morning sessions will focus on the distinctiveness of rural theology from a narrative perspective: what does it mean to be God’s people at a specific place and time? The afternoon will give time to apply this perspective to our own… Read more

The Poet as Prophet: William Blake

Fri 20 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The prophetic voice has been heard through poetry for millennia – from ancient Greek oracles to the prophetic books of the Hebrew scriptures and beyond. The prophet does not only predict the future, but also speaks truth into the present day from the perspective of the outsider. The Romantic poet, artist and mystic William Blake (1757-1827) is one such prophetic figure. Blake delivered his message through a combination of words and images, poetry and visual art. This day will outline the… Read more

Something Rich and Strange: A Spiritual Journey Through Shakespeare’s The Tempest

Sat 21 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most dazzling and cherished works, but can also seem abstruse and unfathomable. It is a play of transformations and rumours of unseen realities, music and mysteries, violence and betrayals, love and complicated, difficult relationships. Most probably a story of Shakespeare’s original creation, it lends itself to many interpretations and analyses, from a fable of art and creation to colonialist allegory. How might a person of faith encounter the play? What insights and reflections on… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Matthew: Christian Judaism or Christianity? (1 of 2)

Tue 24 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Matthew’s Gospel, to which we owe the Sermon on the Mount, is peppered with paradoxes. At one and the same time it is extremely Jewish in atmosphere and also fiercely critical of some members of the Jewish community. It advocates a religion that some would see as Christian Judaism and others as Christianity, and the two are not the same. It belongs firmly within the Christian world but has no sympathy with Christians who do not toe the line in… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Matthew: Christian Judaism or Christianity? (2 of 2)

Tue 31 October, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Matthew’s Gospel, to which we owe the Sermon on the Mount, is peppered with paradoxes. At one and the same time it is extremely Jewish in atmosphere and also fiercely critical of some members of the Jewish community. It advocates a religion that some would see as Christian Judaism and others as Christianity, and the two are not the same. It belongs firmly within the Christian world but has no sympathy with Christians who do not toe the line in… Read more
November 2017

Cocoa After Wine: A Day on Iris Murdoch’s Novels

Thu 2 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the theological and spiritual strands in some of the 26 novels of the late Dame Iris Murdoch. She described herself as a Christian Buddhist and saw the value of religion and its future in believing in a non-transcendent God, and she was clearly fascinated by and drawn back to spiritual and religious ideas. Her novels are full of priests, members of religious communities, gurus and spiritual guides, which are much more than either stock characters or figures… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Raymond Burley

Fri 3 November, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Raymond Burley (guitar). Programme includes works by J.S. Bach, Albeniz, Barrios and Ayala. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price) in the Common Room. Each concert starts at 12.45pm and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Biblical Study Break: Song of Songs

Mon 6 November, 1:00 pm to Thu 9 November, 2:00 pm
What an extraordinary book the Song of Songs is – wedged between Ecclesiastes and Isaiah! On the surface it seems so effortlessly sexual and erotic, and yet it also embraces our deepest human and spiritual longings. How can this happen? How can it span these supposedly separate worlds? In order to get to grips with this beautiful book, we will begin by reading it as an Old Testament Hebrew and Jewish text. Engaging in detailed study of the text, we… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Luke: The Story of a Radical Conservative (1 of 2)

Tue 7 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
To Luke we owe some of the most cherished stories in the Gospels – the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son, or the framing of the whole story between infancy narratives and the story of the unrecognized stranger on the walk to Emmaus. Luke loves the theme of freedom – but freedom from what? He highlights the role of women – but is he in any sense a feminist? He seems at times rather conservative by instinct,… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of Luke: The Story of a Radical Conservative (2 of 2)

Tue 14 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
To Luke we owe some of the most cherished stories in the Gospels – the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son, or the framing of the whole story between infancy narratives and the story of the unrecognized stranger on the walk to Emmaus. Luke loves the theme of freedom – but freedom from what? He highlights the role of women – but is he in any sense a feminist? He seems at times rather conservative by instinct,… Read more

Children and the Bible

Thu 16 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day wrestles with two questions: why would we read the bible with children? How do we read the bible with children? The bible is ancient and complex literature not particular suitable for children. A lot of the material in the bible is 15 or even 18-rated. We’ll explore what the bible says about children and what children say about the bible. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Sacred Geometry in the Christian Tradition

Thu 16 November, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
An evening exploring how sacred geometry underpins ecclesiastical art. The course follows the thread of icons, painting and sculpture from the Renaissance to contemporary practice. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Doing Theology in Middle Earth: Exploring the Thought World of JRR Tolkien

Sat 18 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will look at JRR Tolkien’s inspiration and interest in theology. We’ll conduct a detailed survey of the Lord of the Rings, covering themes such as pessimism, defeat, failure and pity. The day will include discussion of Tolkien’s other writings, The Silmarillion and On Fairy-Stories, and feature recordings of his readings and his poetry set to music. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Using the Wisdom Literature in Pastoral Care

Mon 20 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will provide a guided tour through the Wisdom Literature, especially the Five Books of Wisdom – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. We’ll explore how their themes shape us as pastors and provide us with unique resources for pastoral care. The day will also include a discussion of the works of the Early Church Fathers. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Liturgy With Older People

Tue 21 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Although many churches now have all-age worship, these are often aimed at making the service accessible to younger people present rather than ensuring that everybody can participate and benefit. All too often it is assumed that if concessions have to be made, these must be made by older people. The view seems to be that all other worship is designed for older people so they have no need of special attention. As a result older people may well feel that… Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of John: The Story of a Visiting Stranger (1 of 2)

Tue 21 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Here is the key question for readers of the Gospel of John: why is this Jesus so different from the three other versions provided by Mark, Matthew and Luke? Jesus talks all the time about himself and sees the secret of his significance in his origin with his Father before the beginning of time. This quite distinctive Jesus must be formational of a very distinct Christian community, one that had some very painful experiences at the hands of co-religionists, and… Read more

The Distinctiveness of Spiritual Direction

Wed 22 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This gathering will offer participants the chance to reflect on the distinctiveness of the ministry of spiritual direction. We will reflect together, drawing on other models of one-to-one support (e.g. supervision, pastoral care, counselling), to clarify understanding of the particular focus of spiritual direction. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Human Identity: Theology, Vocation and Professional Practice

Sat 25 November, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
During this course we will look at our own, and others’ identity, personality and vocation. We’ll consider how to be good listeners of other people’s and God’s stories, and through that encourage theological reflection on our own stories. 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… Read more

Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality

Sat 25 November, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
An introduction to some principal Christian traditions of personal and corporate spirituality We will concentrate on some major biblical, historical and liturgical foundations, looking at their development and contribution to Christian spirituality. 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

I Feel Something I Don’t Understand: Religion and Being Human

Tue 28 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Do the great world religions actually contribute to making us more human? Or does religion distort and confuse what being human actually means and entails? Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

TQQ: The Gospel of John: The Story of a Visiting Stranger (2 of 2)

Tue 28 November, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Here is the key question for readers of the Gospel of John: why is this Jesus so different from the three other versions provided by Mark, Matthew and Luke? Jesus talks all the time about himself and sees the secret of his significance in his origin with his Father before the beginning of time. This quite distinctive Jesus must be formational of a very distinct Christian community, one that had some very painful experiences at the hands of co-religionists, and… Read more

Ageing: Blessing or Burden? Understanding the Spiritual Journey of Older People

Wed 29 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We live in a world where life expectancy is increasing together with the number of older people in society. This day will explore the nature of age and especially the spiritual dimensions of growing older. It will offer an overview of the thinking and practice in the area of spiritual care. It will be useful to those who are involved in Pastoral Ministry but also those who might want to step back and reflect on their relationship to age. Contact… Read more

Wellbeing, Identity and Spirituality

Thu 30 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
What does wellbeing mean, and how can we foster it? How is it related to our sense of ourselves and our identities? What spiritual and theological resources are helpful in giving us a positive sense of ourselves and our calling to be authentic? This will be a creative day of theological exploration and reflection on who we are and how we flourish. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
December 2017

Lunchtime Concert: An-Ting Chang

Fri 1 December, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with An-Ting Chang (piano). Inspired by animals: programme includes Saint-Saëns’ ‘Carnival of the Animals’. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price) in the Common Room. Each concert starts at 12.45pm and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Sing Gregorian Chant

Sat 2 December, 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. The day will… Read more

MODEM Conference 2017: What is the Church For?

Thu 7 December, 12:00 pm to Fri 8 December, 2:00 pm
This year’s annual MODEM Conference returns to Sarum College. Keynote speakers Professor Mike Higton and Dr Graham Adams will attend the entire conference, so that the whole community can develop its thinking and development and make good use of their wisdom and ideas, as well as of each other. Further details on the conference will be published later this summer. Please note the date referenced in the annual course brochure listing was incorrectly printed as 7 and 8 December 2018. To register… Read more

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

TQQ: D-Day

Sat 16 December, 10:30 am to 3:30 pm
Twice during the TQQ year, we hold a ‘D-Day’ (i.e. day of discussion). This enables us to work together in discussion on topics that students themselves would like to address. We again mix theological work together with a more relaxed experience, with coffee, lunch in the Sarum College refectory, and tea. This day is intended for those who have attended the Autumn 2017 term of Theology Quest and Questions. Contact David Catchpole (drc@sarum.ac.uk) for all enquiries. Read more
January 2018

TQQ: The Jewish World of Jesus of Nazareth (1 of 2)

Tue 9 January 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
No one can understand too clearly the corporate consciousness, the history-fuelled sensitivities, the regular religious practices, and the qualified internal diversity of the Jewish community within which Jesus of Nazareth was born, lived, and died. We begin the term’s work by sketching in some of the determining features of that community’s practice and belief. In setting the scene for the reconstruction of Jesus’ mission, we give careful attention to the rugged figure of John the Baptist, undeniably a figure within… Read more

TQQ: The Jewish World of Jesus of Nazareth (2 of 2)

Tue 16 January 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
No one can understand too clearly the corporate consciousness, the history-fuelled sensitivities, the regular religious practices, and the qualified internal diversity of the Jewish community within which Jesus of Nazareth was born, lived, and died. We begin the term’s work by sketching in some of the determining features of that community’s practice and belief. In setting the scene for the reconstruction of Jesus’ mission, we give careful attention to the rugged figure of John the Baptist, undeniably a figure within… Read more

TQQ: God’s Kingdom: Old Theme, New Energy

Tue 23 January 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Much uncertainty attends the exercise of reaching back to the historical figure of Jesus, so we will pause over methodology first of all. No one doubts that Jesus spoke publicly and repeatedly about ‘the kingdom of God’, so our next task is working out what he meant by it and what (if any) were the particular nuances he conveyed. Appearing on the public stage as a prophet he aroused opposition, not only because of what he said but also because… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Godolphin School Musicians

Fri 26 January 2018, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with musicians from Godolphin School. Programme to include music for trumpet, cello, violin and voice. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price) in the Common Room. Each concert starts at 12.45pm and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

TQQ: Jesus Among the Healers of the World

Tue 30 January 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In one sense, being a healer proved nothing; in another sense, it was a means of making a deep imprint on society. Jesus seems to have accepted that others did what he was doing (allegedly!), and there were available in his time several patterns of assessment of such workers of miracles – charismatic holy men, shamans, and others. Jesus gave a very particular meaning to his own actions, to which we can with due caution gain access. We will search… Read more
February 2018

Biblical Study Break: Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World

Mon 5 February 2018, 1:00 pm to Thu 8 February 2018, 2:00 pm
This Biblical Study Break will explore biblical creation texts and their relevance to contemporary environmental issues. We will also consider the practical implications for living sustainably in a fragile, yet precious world. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

TQQ: Jesus and the Wisdom of the World

Tue 6 February 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The approach of wisdom, originally unconfined to Israel but latterly absorbed into the religion of ‘the law and the prophets’, was clearly one with which Jesus identified. When he went back to Nazareth, it was his wisdom that impressed just as much as his healings (see Mark 6.2). We will check the developing concerns of the wise teachers – thus, Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes – and go on to measure the indebtedness of Jesus to their legacy. We ask whether this holds one… Read more

Embodying Forgiveness: The Practice of Reconciliation in Worship

Fri 9 February 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As the Archbishop of Canterbury regularly reminds us, Christian ministry springs from God reconciling the world to himself in Christ. The aim of this course is to explore how this ministry and its theological rationale are expressed in worship. A biblical and liturgical case for the importance of reconciliation will be made. Drawing upon the liturgical provision of the Church of England the reach, variety and possibilities of practicing reconciliation in worship will be demonstrated. Poised close to the beginning… Read more

TQQ: Pondering the Parables

Tue 13 February 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
For Mark, who said that Jesus never said anything except in parables, and for many through the centuries, the parables are his most enduring and memorable legacy. But how do parables work, we may ask? Do they make more demands on the listener than attentive listening? And when they serve to provoke, what is the intention of the speaker? 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: Following in the Footsteps of Moses? Jesus and the Law

Tue 20 February 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
There was a time when students of the historical Jesus insisted on quite fundamental tension between him and the Mosaic tradition which so defined the Jewish people. If they were right, the so-called parting of the ways between Christianity and Judaism was inevitable and indeed the harvest of seeds sown by Jesus. But perhaps they were not right! We will take soundings in some of the most sensitive evidence provided by the Gospels – for instance, the debate about marriage… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Mike Denham

Fri 23 February 2018, 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunchtime concert with Mike Denham (piano). Programme includes music celebrating the 2017 Scott Joplin Centenary. Lunchtime Concerts are held in the College’s Butterfield chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price) in the Common Room. Each concert starts at 12.45pm and 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 24 February 2018, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
This course will cover 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, and read some primary documents and interpret them against their historical context. 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,… Read more

Bible in Context

Sat 24 February 2018, 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
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