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The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

  • Course Dates: Mon 18 January, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 January, 2:00 pm

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.

Five places are set aside for those not enrolled on the degree programme who may book on this module as an auditor. Participation may be online or onsite (subject to government guidance at the time).

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Mon 18 January, 2:00 pm
Thu 21 January, 2:00 pm
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Dr Karen O'Donnell is Coordinator for the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality and Programme Leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College. She is a feminist, ecumenical, practical theologian whose interdisciplinary research interests span theology, spirituality, and pedagogy. Guest lecturers Dr Beth Dodd is Director of Studies, Centre for Formation in Ministry. Her research interests include theological aesthetics, genre theory and 17th C metaphysical poetry. Fr Azariah-France-Williams is a Visiting Scholar at Sarum College; he writes poetry and prose, is a podcaster, and the author of Ghostship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England Dr Jenny Leith is a political theologian based at the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. Her work is focused on discipleship and formation with a particular interest in Christian identity. Dr Jayme Reaves is Director of Academic Development at Sarum College whose work explores the various theological and social legacies created by social injustice, violence, peace, reconciliation and moral courage. Dr Peter Tyler is Senior Lecturer in Pastoral Theology at St. Mary’s University and is a registered integrative psychotherapist. He has lectured and written widely on the Spanish Mystics.
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