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October 2018

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 8 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 October, 2:00 pm
Engage with the ‘texts’ and practices of human culture and explore the nature of the relationship between theology and culture through creative and critical perspectives. Students will be given the opportunity to refine and update their knowledge of theologians and key theological debates as they relate to human culture, show how central themes in theology are expressed through different forms of culture in history and today, and be given the opportunity to critically reflect on human culture through a variety… 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
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

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 3 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 6 December, 2:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. The Bible, when read in each new cultural context, both challenges the readers’ cultural assumptions and is challenged by new ways of reading which spring forth from the readers’ distinct perspective. The discipline, art and craft of hermeneutics require that one become sensitive to both the reading of the text and the act of being read by the text. During this… 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

Film as Religion

Tue 12 March 2019, 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

Creativity, Culture and Christian Mission

Sat 16 March 2019, 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
April 2019

Re-imagining Church in a Changing Culture

Mon 1 April 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 April 2019, 2:00 pm
Much has been written about the dramatic decline in Church membership and attendance as evidence of ‘the death of Christian Britain’ since the 1960s to the present day, raising questions about the future of the institutional church in particular and ‘organised religion’ in general. This module aims to go beyond such ‘headlines’ to equip students to understand and critique patterns of decline and growth which are characteristic of the church in the 21st century using both theological and sociological tools.… Read more
May 2019

Preaching, Poetry and Prophetic Speech

Wed 8 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day explores how poetic processes and forms are integral to the practice of preaching. It examines the prophetic possibilities of poetic preaching, drawing on the idea of poetry as a practice of human speech to God that can also echo the voice of the Lord. We will read some classic spiritual poems together, as well as some recent examples of poetic-prophetic speech events, including spoken word poetry. We will explore in practical ways how to apply these ideas to… Read more

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

The Bible on Film

Tue 11 June 2019, 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
October 2019

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 7 October 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 10 October 2019, 2:00 pm
Engage with the ‘texts’ and practices of human culture and explore the nature of the relationship between theology and culture through creative and critical perspectives. Students will be given the opportunity to refine and update their knowledge of theologians and key theological debates as they relate to human culture, show how central themes in theology are expressed through different forms of culture in history and today, and be given the opportunity to critically reflect on human culture through a variety… Read more
November 2019

Teach Us How to Pray: Poetry and Prayer

Tue 19 November 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the role of poets as instructors in the art of prayer, not just as a set of words, but as an affective experience, a form of meditation and a wordless, bodily practice. The day will involve close reading, reflection and discussion on poems that engage with traditions of public and liturgical prayer, of private and extemporary prayer, and of secular forms of prayer. By the end of the day you will have encountered new literature and… Read more
December 2019

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 2 December 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 December 2019, 2:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. The Bible, when read in each new cultural context, both challenges the readers’ cultural assumptions and is challenged by new ways of reading which spring forth from the readers’ distinct perspective. The discipline, art and craft of hermeneutics require that one become sensitive to both the reading of the text and the act of being read by the text. During this… Read more
February 2020

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

Mon 17 February 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February 2020, 2:00 pm
The Bible is notably the most translated book in human history. Its worldwide popularity has shaped political, economic and cultural relations in societies where it is read. Its entrenchment in history has made it a language for readers, interpreters and textual critics alike who have found the Bible a useful means to address issues of concern within their contexts and so to voice various calls for social and cultural transformation. Despite the fact that the study of the Bible in… Read more
March 2020

Theology and Film

Mon 23 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March 2020, 2:00 pm
This module explores the growing field of theology and film. Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches. We will spend time looking at and studying… Read more
April 2020

Liturgy and Culture

Mon 20 April 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 April 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will investigate the relationship between liturgy and its changing cultural contexts. This is a topic that has become increasingly important for churches as they reassess their relationship to society and for liturgical studies as churches and scholars recognise the significance of cultural context for liturgical development. The module will introduce students to different ways of understanding the relationship between culture and liturgy, and the implications and theological assumptions of each approach. Reflection on these issues will be in… Read more
May 2020

God, Beauty and the Imagination

Mon 18 May 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 May 2020, 2:00 pm
The aim of this course is to explore how God, beauty and the imagination have found expression in art, literature and music and how these themes have been reflected in theology. In so doing the module will provide an introduction to some major art-historical epochs and subjects and examine how artists have engaged with and have rendered Christian dogmas, such as the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the Trinity, Mary, the church etc through various means from the Renaissance… Read more
June 2020

Worship, Art and Architecture

Mon 15 June 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June 2020, 2:00 pm
The space in which Christian worship takes place is influenced by the culture of the age and place as well as ecclesiology. This module will investigate church buildings and their art in significant historical periods in order to highlight the way each artefact is the result of a confluence of variables. The theoretical notion of ‘sacred space’ will be explored and students will be encouraged to reflect upon the use of liturgical space in specific contexts. There will be a… Read more
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