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May 2019

TQQ: Spirit and Eucharist

Tue 28 May, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
As the early church gradually developed it’s theology of the Trinity, a greater understanding of the role and action of the Holy Spirit was formed. In this session, we will explore the relationship between the Spirit and the Eucharist in the early church and consider the impact pneumatology had on worship both in the past and in the present day. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information about Theology Quest and Questions, visit our TQQ page or contact… Read more

June 2019

TQQ: Taizé: A Reinvention of Christian Monasticism

Tue 4 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Since its founding by Brother Roger in 1940, the Taizé Community has grown to be one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations for young people from across the world. In telling the story of this monastic community, we will discover how it witnesses to three of the most important movements in 20th Century Christianity: the ecumenical movement, the liturgical movement and the missionary movement. The session will include a video presentation helping us explore how these dimensions were reflected in… Read more

The Bible on Film

Tue 11 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
According to the film pundits the 1950s were the golden years of the Hollywood biblical epics. Many will remember Charlton Heston as an angst-driven Moses in the Ten Commandments (1956). Then came Ben Hur (1959), King of Kings (1961) and The Greatest Story ever told (1965). These films were massive Hollywood epics on a huge cinematic scale with large production budgets casting many of the leading stars of the day. In our time there has been something of a revival… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Recognizing Shared Practices Amid Disagreement

Tue 11 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
We live in a time of much plurality and division within Christian churches. How might Christians learn to disagree with each other, even sharply, without always having to withhold recognition from each other? Anglicans and Methodists sometimes like to suggest that their traditions balance Scripture, Reason, Tradition and – sometimes added – Experience. These “sources” get called like independent witnesses to the courtrooms of Christian disputation. But the model is a weak nineteenth and twentieth century concoction, and it tends… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Sex and the Body

Tue 18 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
For much of Christian history, building upon Platonic notions of contemplation and wisdom, it has been assumed that the higher interests of the human soul are sharply at odds with the desires of the body. And yet, at the same time, even these (monastic) traditions affirmed the essential goodness of the body. And they also tended to attach overwhelming significance to desire (eros), often figured in sexual imagery for communion with God. This session will survey some of this history… Read more

TQQ: Life in the Spirit: Communion with our Fellow Creatures

Tue 25 June, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Will the environmental crises of our day ever cut Christian spirituality to the quick, or is the Church doomed to teach only rather half-heartedly our kinship with the rest of the living world under God? With the help of the Bible, Laudato Si and some sharp questions of ourselves and our tradition, we ask whether Christians could or should experience radical metanoia on behalf of their fellow creatures. Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information… Read more

July 2019

TQQ: Give us Today the Bread of Tomorrow: Past, Future and Present in Christian Imagination

Tue 2 July, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Christian community imagines itself in the space between the introduction of God’s new world, where hope has been realised through Jesus Christ, and the hope, yet to be fulfilled, of God’s manifest redemption of the world. What kind of living and thinking is this, “between the times”: what kind of politics and what kind of hope? Are we really expecting Jesus to come to wrap things up? Advance booking not required, simply come along on the evening. For further information… Read more

August 2019

Greek in a Week 2019: Learning to Read the New Testament in Greek

Mon 26 August, 8:30 am to Sat 31 August, 2:30 pm
The New Testament is both a very familiar, and at the same time, a very strange text. Distant from today’s English, both linguistically and culturally, the poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished Empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings, wandering rabbis and provincial governors. An earlier time when the rich and… Read more

September 2019

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2019: Hebrew I

Wed 4 September, 8:30 am to Fri 6 September, 4:00 pm
Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I (Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September) and Hebrew II (Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 September, details here) together… Read more

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2019: Hebrew II

Mon 9 September, 8:30 am to Wed 11 September, 4:00 pm
Reading the Old Testament in Hebrew provides a much stronger sense of the original culture and perspective of its writers and their communities. Such insights can help us to appreciate better not only the Old Testament text but also its pivotal role as ‘scripture’ for the 1st century Jewish communities from which the New Testament and the early church emerged. Hebrew I (Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 September, details here) and Hebrew II (Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 September) together… Read more

November 2019

Biblical Study Break: Digging into Isaiah

Mon 4 November, 1:00 pm to Thu 7 November, 2:00 pm
Above all we will read all the text of these 27 lyrical, carefully-edited chapters, much-quoted in the New Testament. We will look at the famous Servant Songs, a sermon by William Carey, some poems, some music, a famous picture. Through calm attentiveness we will refresh and fortify our hearts for faith and mission. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Gospel of Matthew

Wed 20 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A gospel that can scale the heights of theological wisdom and at the same time seem to descend to a low level of judgmental bitterness in its treatment of Jews and Judaism has to pose challenges for all who make it the focus of a year’s reflection and worship, all, that is, who want to make it the basis for communicating week by week the Christian gospel. No shunner of controversy with Jews or, for that matter, Christians of an… Read more

August 2020

Greek in a Week: Learning to Read the New Testament in Greek

Mon 10 August 2020, 8:30 am to Sat 15 August 2020, 2:30 pm
The New Testament is both a very familiar, and at the same time, a very strange text. Distant from today’s English, both linguistically and culturally, the poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished Empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings, wandering rabbis and provincial governors. An earlier time when the rich and… Read more
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