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January 2019

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

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
February 2019

Awkward Reverence: Exploring the Poetry of Philip Larkin

Sat 16 February 2019, 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

Lunchtime Concert: Bill Benham & David Price

Fri 22 February 2019, 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

The Myth of the ‘Good’ War: Theological Perspectives on Moral Injury and Original Sin

Thu 28 February 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The 2019 Robbins Lecture at Sarum College will be held on 28 February 2019. ‘The Myth of the “Good” War: Theological perspectives on Moral Injury and Original Sin’ will be delivered by Dr Brian Powers. Brian is the first Vann Fellow at The Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies at Durham University. Vann Fellows study and illuminate the relationship of Christianity and the armed forces across time and space, across Christian traditions, and across many subject areas. It is named in memory of The… Read more
March 2019

Tragedy and Congregations

Fri 1 March 2019, 3:00 pm to Sun 3 March 2019, 3:00 pm
What happens to a church when the roof falls in? Literally, or metaphorically through a sudden accident, an unexpected and tragic death, the disclosure of scandal or abuse. This weekend is for ministers, lay leaders and those with an interest in practical theology. Come and explore what trauma is, and what resilience might look like. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Lunchtime Concert: Duo Brikcius

Fri 22 March 2019, 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 2019, 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

A History of Sin

Thu 28 March 2019, 10:00 am to Fri 29 March 2019, 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
May 2019

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

Mon 13 May 2019, 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

Stained Glass

Wed 15 May 2019, 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

Faith in Fiction: Anglican Women Novelists

Sat 18 May 2019, 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 and P.D. James. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
June 2019

What is Our Story of Old Age? Listening and Learning from the Experience of Ageing

Wed 26 June 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
There are many different ways in which we can learn about our own ageing and others. One is to listen to the way in which we narrate the story of age as we ask ourselves what might make for a good old age. This day will present a range of different stories encouraging participants to listen carefully to the nature of narration. There will be an opportunity for us to think and reflect upon the experience of ageing. Some of… Read more
October 2019

Sarum Singing Break 2019

Fri 4 October 2019, 4:00 pm to Sun 6 October 2019, 4:00 pm
The Sarum Singing Break is for anyone who enjoys singing liturgical church music. Full details of this singing break are forthcoming. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Reflective Journalling

Fri 11 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sometimes living can feel like we are standing in a fast flowing river. There is so much going on. It can be difficult to hold our balance and see how the various dimensions of our lives fit together. This day will offer an opportunity to explore how journalling might help us to reflect on the shape of our living in the context of our work and world. We should try to capture elements of experience; and explore the means by which… Read more

Imaging Transcendence: From the Catacombs to the Gothic Cathedral

Tue 15 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Western Christianity developed not only through the written word but by the story of Christ, the saints and central Christian beliefs depicted through the various media of visual art and architecture. This study day offers an illustrated introduction to how Christian faith found expression in the early Christian Roman catacombs, the Ravenna mosaics, in medieval Irish illuminated manuscripts and in the Gothic Cathedral. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Into the North: The Defeat of Paganism and the Rise of Christianity from C4th

Thu 17 October 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This lecture will explore the enormous difficulties encountered by early missionaries as they attempted to take the Gospel to the North, the toppling of the Viking gods, and how trade and war with Christian states made their impression on these fiercely independent peoples. We shall look at the earliest Christian artefacts found in Scandinavia and Iceland, and at those which looked both back and forwards, to the old religions and the new. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk … Read more

Arts and Crafts Study Day with Peter Burman

Fri 18 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Details for this day are forthcoming. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Sense and Stigma in the Gospels: Depictions of Sensory-Disabled Characters

Wed 30 October 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The senses are used within New Testament texts as instruments of knowledge and power and thus constitute important mediators of cultural knowledge and experience. Likewise, those instances where sensory faculty is perceived to be ‘disabled’ in some way also become key sites for ideological commentary and critique. However, often biblical scholarship, itself ‘disabled’ by eye-centric and textocentric ‘norms’, has read sensory-disabled characters as nothing more than inert sites of healing; their agency, including their alternative sensory modes of communication and… Read more
November 2019

Sing Gregorian Chant

Sat 9 November 2019, 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. Contact Alison Ogden… Read more

Seeking the Trinity in Modern Art

Fri 15 November 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The experience of modern art is sometimes described as ‘spiritual’. Drawing from Christian theology we will explore a wide range of well-known modern and contemporary artists to gain a deeper insight into the often profound resonance of their work. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Dementia: Who Cares for the Carers?

Fri 29 November 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The majority of people living with a diagnosis of dementia are cared for at home by a family member. This hidden army of carers is often overlooked. We will hear carers’ stories and reflecting on their needs for practical and spiritual support. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
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