Learning to Nourish the Human Spirit

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

The Revd Chigor Chike: There aren’t two sides to slave trade

Sarum College Trustee the Revd Chigo Chike says the starting point for dealing with publicly displayed objects which glorify oppression should be to remove them. Responding to the May 11, 2021 Church of England report which offers a decision-making framework … Read more

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Language for the heart

Sarum College Principal James Woodward has reviewed the new book on the Psalms by poet Malcolm Guite, David’s Crown: Sounding the Psalms (Canterbury Press 2021). Guite is one of the contributors to the Church Times online poetry day on Saturday … Read more

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Need a nostalgia fix? Understood — but stay present too

News headlines and social media feeds testify to a growing hunger to find relief from the pandemic in nostalgia through old-school activities such as baking and reading, says Dr Eleanor McLaughlin, Programme Leader, Postgraduate Programmes in Theology, Imagination and Culture. … Read more

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Send My Roots Rain: A Poetry Retreat

Spend a day in the company of some of the country’s finest poets. Join the Church Times online poetry retreat on Saturday 15 May, from 10am to 3pm. Here’s the programme, specific timings are to be confirmed. Sarum College is pleased to … Read more

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Disability, Technology and Human Flourishing — free online lecture by Dr Eleanor McLaughlin

Dr Eleanor McLaughlin, Programme Leader in Theology, Imagination and Culture at Sarum College, will contribute to a online public lecture series on Human Flourishing in a Technological Age presented by Regent College, Vancouver. Read more

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Unconscious Christianity in Bonhoeffer’s Late Theology

Dr Eleanor McLaughlin, programme leader for Sarum’s Theology, Imagination and Culture programmes, discusses the idea of unconscious Christianity as conceived by the late German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the Bonhoeffer Podcast on 8 April 2021. In the podcast, host Corey … Read more

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Considering the links between the crucifixion and sexual abuse

Was the stripping and exposure of Jesus a form of sexual abuse? If so, why does such a reading of Jesus’s suffering matter? In a Church Times article (1 April 2021) Dr Jayme Reaves, Director of Academic Development at Sarum … Read more

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Easter Week Reflections: Reviews on books to read now

Find out more about what Sarum College Principal James Woodward has been reading over the Easter break, and why you might like to read these books too. Does Faith Help Us Age Well? A review of Finishing Well – A … Read more

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What leadership looks like in theological formation

A 12 March 2021 Church Times piece on how theological colleges teach leadership concluded that there is considerable consensus among theological college principals that leadership is largely founded on principles of enablement and self-knowledge. Sarum College’s unique collaborative leadership approach … Read more

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The Shroud Over The Nations

by The Very Revd Hugh Dickinson  On this mountain the Lord will make for all peoples a feast of rich food and well- matured wines, and on this mountain will destroy the shroud that is cast over  all peoples, the … Read more

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