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February 2018

Lunchtime Concert: Mike Denham

Fri 23 February, 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
March 2018

Beyond the Shadow and the Disguise: The Spiritual Maturity of Thomas Merton

Thu 22 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
‘I mean, I know and have seen what I was obscurely looking for. I don’t know what else remains but I have now seen and have pierced through the surface and have got beyond the shadow and the disguise’. The Trappist monk, author, peace activist and social critic Thomas Merton (1915-1968) remains one of the most influential and inspiring spiritual guides for contemporary religious seekers. His work reflects a living encounter between the traditions of Christian wisdom and the burning… Read more

Experience the Cookham Stations of the Cross

Thu 22 March, 10:45 am to 4:30 pm
Since 2003 the village of Cookham, beloved inspiration of 20th century painter Stanley Spencer, has mounted an outdoor installation of the Stations of the Cross. Each station is unique and makes everyday village locations places of encounter with Christ’s passion. The day will take place in Cookham, Berkshire. We will gather for tea/coffee and introductions at a community-owned pub in Cookham Dean, before walking the Stations together led by Reverend Nick Plant (associate vicar of Cookham). You are asked to… Read more

Lunchtime Concert: An-Ting Chang

Fri 23 March, 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. Please note that this concert has changed date from Friday 1 December 2017 to Friday 23 March 2018. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826… Read more

Science and Religion: Ugly Sisters in a Suffering World?

Sat 24 March, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Do humans suffer because of power struggles to dominate by sciences, technologies, religions, faiths and associated economic and cultural globalisations? While science-based technologies have sought to serve human needs, religious faiths have sought to provide values and cultural identities. But these major drivers of human affairs are not always successful and there is now much confusion and much anxiety about future outcomes. Fortunately history demonstrates that humans can be very creative, resilient and realistic in the right environments for human… Read more
April 2018

Foreshadowing the Reformation: Art and Religion in the 15th Century Burgundian Netherlands

Tue 10 April, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Paintings are the history of ideas in visual form. This richly illustrated lecture, based upon Christopher Herbert’s book (Routledge, July 2016) looks at the religious and spiritual milieu in which the great 15th century Netherlandish artists, such as Jan van Eyck and Robert Campin, worked. It will explore the themes found in their remarkable altarpieces and portraits which pre-dated and foreshadowed the Reformation. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more
May 2018

Befriending Death? The Spiritual Dimension of Loss and Change

Wed 2 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
How do we consider mortality and prepare for death? This day aims to facilitate a conversation about this aspect of our shared ministry and introduce some resources to equip us all to continue to develop and grow in wisdom in this area of pastoral and spiritual work. This day is ideally suited For spiritual directors and anyone, lay or ordained, engaged in pastoral ministry. “Sensitively led, felt unhurried with plenty of time for reflection. A great opportunity for discussion.” Please… Read more

The Poet as Priest: David Jones

Fri 11 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Have you ever considered how a poet can also have a priestly function? If the priest is someone who mediates between human beings and the divine or spiritual realm, then this could be said of the poet as much as of the minister of religion. The notion of the poet as shaman, as a mediator between the human world and the spirit world, is a very ancient and ubiquitous one. Although officially these roles have been separated in the Christian… Read more

The First Six Hundred Years: How Christianity Spread Around the Mediterranean

Thu 17 May, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Within ten years of the crucifixion Christianity had spread from Jerusalem to as far as Rome, and in the following decades to Antioch, Ephesus, Corinth, Cyprus, and Crete. How was this possible? This lecture will attempt to answer this question, and also track Christianity’s development as it began to embrace the whole of the Mediterranean. We shall drop in to some of the early great Councils of the Church, where doctrine was being decided. We shall visit the third century… Read more

What Do Disabled People Make of the Church? An Introduction to Disability Awareness in Church Life

Fri 18 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day begins with a discussion of what constitutes best practice on disability and church, why disability awareness isn’t just about ramps and loos and introduces a theology of hospitality for all. We’ll consider what changes we might make in our local churches, the psychology of our attitudes to disability, and how we can our thinking on disability and the church. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Money: A Language to Understand and a Debt to Redeem

Sat 19 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Money, so familiar and so essential in our lives, and so mysterious, turns out to be one of our principal languages. Just like words on a page, the coins, notes and figures on our bank statements are symbols of meaning, relationship and value. But what does money really signify? Does it actually rest on a mountain of debt – and how precarious is that mountain in the light of recent ‘financial crises’? How do we negotiate the system we call money?… Read more
June 2018

Singing Day: Music from the Iona, Taizé and Global Church Communities

Sat 23 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A day of singing music from the Iona Community, Taizé Community and the Global Church Community. We will end with an act of worship using the music we have learned during the day. Open to those new to, and those experienced in singing with others. Those who wish to sing and play an instrument are welcome too. The day will be useful for those who wish to introduce and/or develop provision for music from the global church in their communities.… Read more
July 2018

Reflective Journalling

Fri 6 July, 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

Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion

Sat 7 July, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Statistically, 1 in 2 people will develop cancer at some point in their lives. Aside from the physical suffering that cancer causes, the disease may also lead to psychological, spiritual and social distress, not only for the ill but for those who surround and support them. In part, this is related to taboo that still haunts the disease, and the fear which it provokes. To understand the experience of the ill, this course will explore the history, science and taboo… Read more
August 2018

Sarum Summer School: Divine Wisdom to Nourish the Human Spirit

Mon 6 August, 2:00 pm to Sun 12 August, 2:00 pm
Sarum College invites you to the 2018 Summer School, to meet with others in an ecumenical space for reflection and imaginative thinking, and to discover living wisdom through dialogue with each other. Each of the working days of the conference will include high quality input designed to stimulate the reflective dialogue that will take place in groups and in informal conversation; and opportunities for participants to raise issues and share resources connected with the conference themes. Conference Themes Deepening reflection:… Read more
September 2018

Poetry and Peace Building

Fri 21 September, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Approaching the centenary of the end of the first world war, this day will explore the pastoral role of poetry after trauma, and the power of words to heal the soul. In the wake of war the ‘pastoral’ language of a green and pleasant land no longer spoke to many people. What Rebecca Chopp has called the ‘poetics of testimony’ often takes a more fragmentary and challenging form, serving a pastoral role by giving voice to inexpressible experience. Contact Alison… Read more

2018 Niblett Memorial Lecture – Reimagine: The Role of the Church in the 21st Century

Sat 22 September, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
In the early years of the 16th century a young German monk by the name of Martin Luther came to believe that the shape of the established Church and its relationship to the State did not fit the needs of the world in which he was called to live and serve. He wrote a commentary to reimagine faith and Church, based around the work of Paul and the Epistle to the Romans. In the early years of the 20th century… Read more
October 2018

Sarum Singing Break 2018

Fri 5 October, 4:00 pm to Sun 7 October, 4:00 pm
The Sarum Singing Break is for anyone who enjoys singing liturgical church music. The musical retreat begins with refreshments at 4pm on Friday 5 October, and ends on Sunday 7 October at 4pm. There will be evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday along with some free time on Saturday afternoon. “It was a great opportunity to sing a wide range of music, under expert direction, in good company and in an excellent venue.” A more detailed timetable will be… Read more

Sing Gregorian Chant

Sat 20 October, 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

Stanley Spencer’s Memorial Chapel at Burghclere

Mon 22 October, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
See Spencer’s extraordinary visionary murals that memorialise the lives and the dead of World War One. The day includes a private group viewing of the chapel, accompanied by introductions to Spencer and the paintings. Then, after time for enjoying the gardens around the chapel and having a picnic lunch you will be led in a short service in the chapel on the theme of remembrance. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main… Read more
November 2018

Empathy and the Experience of Faith

Fri 9 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Using examples from literature, poetry, theology and film, this day will explore the idea that the shared experience of vulnerability, of woundedness, lies both at the heart of what it is to be human, and at the root of Christian faith. For Christians, faith is not a cognitive faculty, or a heard demand for obedience, or adherence to a law; it is an elicited response to the call to love. Ultimately, we are commanded, not to know or to obey,… Read more

Found Out: Women’s Faith and Sexuality

Thu 22 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join Alison Webster for a creative day reflecting on women’s faith and sexuality. The day will explore the reality of our experiences of gender and sexuality in our contemporary social context; our interactions, positive and negative, with the faith traditions that grew us, or that we have encountered later in life; creative ways forward in finding out for ourselves how we see God and what that means for ourselves and for our relationships, in all their variety and diversity. Contact… Read more
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