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February 2018

Embodying Forgiveness: The Practice of Reconciliation in Worship

Fri 9 February, 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
March 2018

The Eucharist

Mon 5 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March, 2:00 pm
This module explores the most significant developments of eucharistic worship from the New Testament to the contemporary church. Students will gain an understanding of the theological, historical and social influences upon the Eucharist and the debates surrounding different interpretations of its meaning. Through study of recent ecumenical conversations, students will be encouraged to relate their study to contemporary church contexts. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all… Read more
June 2018

Concluding the 1st World War Centenary: Liturgical Resources and Perspectives

Fri 8 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As the 1st World War Centenary draws to a close, this course aims to gather experience, disseminate research work, and prepare for the liturgical events of Armistice Day 2018. In taking stock of the impact of the commemorations participants will have the opportunity to share ‘good news’ stories of local projects or liturgical events in which they have been involved. The tutors will present the findings of their innovative research on the 1st World War, Maureen Penrose on the hugely varied… Read more

Worship, Art and Architecture

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

Greek in a Week: Learning to Read the New Testament in Greek

Mon 23 July, 9:30 am to Sat 28 July, 3:30 pm
The New Testament is both a very familiar, and at the same time, a very strange text. Distant from today’s English, both linguistically and culturally, the poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished Empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings, wandering rabbis and provincial governors. An earlier time when the rich and… Read more
August 2018

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

Mon 13 August, 9:30 am to Wed 15 August, 3:30 pm
Reading the Old Testament in the language in which it was written is to open a window into a different world and times. We are as a culture more than 3,000 years distant from the nomadic tribes who wandered the Middle East from amongst whom emerged a radical new understanding of Creation and the Creator. Learning to read Biblical Hebrew is an adventure in difference. Ancient Hebrew is linguistically distant from European languages and employs structures and techniques to impart… Read more
October 2018

Approaches to Liturgical Studies

Mon 8 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 October, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the sources and methods used by scholars in the evaluation and interpretation of liturgical forms. These include those used for historical, theological and ritual analysis. It will equip students with skills in the critical evaluation of various sources and create awareness of the presuppositions which lie behind much liturgical scholarship. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722… 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
December 2018

Liturgy and Time: Calendar and Daily Prayer

Mon 3 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 6 December, 2:00 pm
This module will explore the ways in which Christian worship has been influenced by its relationship with time. The way Christians have developed daily patterns of prayer will be investigated, together with the constituent elements of this form or prayer, such as the use of psalms, scripture and intercessory prayer. The historical origins and evolution of the Christian festivals together with their theological and ritual meaning will form the basis of an analysis of annual rhythms of prayer. Contemporary revisions… Read more
March 2019

Christian Initiation

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 2:00 pm
Many Western Churches have significantly revised their baptismal liturgies in the last fifty years in response to the changing place of the church in society. This module will examine key historical periods which provide a context for contemporary rites and the theologies which lie behind them. There will be a field visit to consider the liturgical features of a font, for example Salisbury Cathedral. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.… Read more
May 2019

Music in Christian Worship

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 2:00 pm
Music is a significant feature of much Christian worship, whether chanted psalms, congregational hymns, liturgical texts arranged for choirs or contemporary worship songs. This module explores the variety of musical styles in Christian worship from both historical and contemporary perspectives and draws upon critical themes in musicology, theology and pastoral liturgy. It will equip students to make informed assessments of music choices in the liturgical events of different ecclesial settings. Musical skill or knowledge, while beneficial, is not required. Those… Read more
June 2019

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 2:00 pm
This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very… Read more
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