Learning to Nourish the Human Spirit

A blog space for reflections, essays and reviews from Sarum College staff.

God in Lockdown

Hazel Whitehead, a former Trustee of Sarum College writes: When I was much younger, I used to think about life and wonder where God fitted into it, and what God was saying and thinking. Much later, I was taught to … Read more

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Words of Life and Death: Poetry and Culture in Crisis – Pádraig Ó Tuama

By Dr Beth Dodd This series of events brought together poets from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and poetic schools to speak about matters of life, death and poetry. These are universal discussions, but perhaps heightened by the ongoing crises … Read more

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Words of Life and Death: Poetry and Culture in Crisis – Martin Glynn

By Dr Beth Dodd Dr Martin Glynn is a poet and criminologist, with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health and education. His numerous poetry books are now accompanied by a debut album, Article St (2019). … Read more

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Review: The Gospel of Eve by Rachel Mann, by James Woodward, Sarum College Principal

So the rain pours (and pours) in Salisbury and what better escape than to read the fabulous writer Rachel Mann. Two declared spoilers as I offer this review – first I am a great admirer of Rachel. She is a … Read more

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Sarum College Rural Ministry Programme featured in Church Times

What does it mean to train for rural ministry? “Increasingly, it will be very important for people who are working in a rural context to understand the nuances of the tiniest community and congregation, and those of a market town,” … Read more

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Transforming church: A message from the Bishop of Bristol

At Sarum we value very much our partnership with the Diocese of Bristol. At the moment we have the privilege of working with the diocese in the formation of some of their ordinands. We would like to share with you … Read more

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Words of Life and Death: Poetry and Culture in Crisis: Harry Baker

By Dr Beth Dodd In times of crisis poetry speaks into matters of enduring concern, the great themes of life and death. At the same time poetry speaks directly into our current context where the use and abuse of words, … Read more

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Words of Life and Death: Poetry and Culture in Crisis: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

by Dr Beth Dodd In times of crisis poetry speaks into matters of enduring concern, the great themes of life and death. At the same time poetry speaks directly into our current context where the use and abuse of words, … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Raindrops on Grass

In her vision, the beads of blood/life-force dripping from Jesus’ crown of thorns were as plentiful, Julian said, as raindrops falling off the eaves of a thatched roof after a heavy shower.  So, walking through long wet grass > renewed appreciation of God’s love raining down on His universe.  … Read more

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Origami Inside

By Helen Holtam The origami group in HMP Erlestoke started in July 2017 with a regular Friday morning class in the Education Department from 8:30 to 12. The aim was simply to make origami greeting cards for the men in Erlestoke to send to friends and families and to learn more origami models. We … Read more

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