Learning to Nourish the Human Spirit

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

Sarum Pause for Reflection: Waiting with Confidence

Reflection All the best things in life take time?  To come to harvest, a cereal crop has to be nurtured by the farmer through ten stages of development.  Last year – dry summer after dry winter after dry summer – … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Wriggly Tin

Reflection Not all barriers are Bad Things. I sympathise with the farmer who felt a need to reinforce the message that the field beyond is not public space, but working land.  Sometimes we need to protect the landscape of our interior, where … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Enfolded by Love

Reflection Sometimes a change of perspective can be really useful.  The difficult things in life are still difficult, and need attending to, but they do not form the whole picture. A friend of mine in East London, who has rediscovered … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Lightshow

Reflection Corona is something I enjoy seeing – when it’s an atmospheric optical phenomenon, rather than a brand of beer popular with those who leave empties on the local meadows.   It’s a partial corona. Caused by diffraction of sunlight … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: God does not go MIA

Reflection The photograph is not of the sea, nor even an estuary.  That was the River Thames, forty miles further inland, during Storm Ciara (Feb 2020). Looking at the river now, it is hard to credit there ever were winter … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Synergy

Reflection Wild roses: in themselves they were no surprise on my daily walk.  After all, I had put them there.  A decade and more ago, I and many other willing hands planted a mixed native hedge ¼ mile long. This winter it was … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Seeing

Reflection Perhaps these days have offered you an opportunity to see both the world around and the life within differently? This photograph is of the flowerbed at  Sarum College outside the Reception windows. Pausing there and opening my eyes revealed … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Leisure

While the physical buildings of Sarum College have been closed for some weeks, our life and work goes on. We are continuing to teach and support ministry students in their formation. The work of our postgraduate theological study through our MA offer also … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Eternity

Reflection The bright May days have brought wonderful light– especially at night and here is a moment – the sun setting taken just after 9 o’clock. The silence of the moment broken only by the distant noise of two football … Read more

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Sarum Pause for Reflection: Letting Be

Reflection This is a picture of the first poppy of the year. Look at its unique colour and how it stands in the patch of garden. Proud. It has space to thrive. In relationships, we can, sometimes be very sure … Read more

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