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June 2020

(Taught Online) Exploring Theology Term 3: Week 7: Queer Interpretations: Normativity, Sexuality, and the Body

Tue 2 June 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Register for the current Exploring Theology Summer Term Here. This term of Exploring Theology will be offered online via a mix of both pre-recorded and live discussion sessions.  At this time, it is only available to register on a term-basis, at the cost of £70 for the term which includes 10 sessions, as per usual. If you wish to write an essay, please contact Jayme Reaves (jreaves@sarum.ac.uk) who can arrange payment separately. While each week will have a different tutor, Jayme will… Read more

(Taught Online) Exploring Theology Term 3: Week 8: The Bible and Art: An exploration of the Visual Commentary on Scripture

Tue 9 June 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Register for the current Exploring Theology Summer Term Here. This term of Exploring Theology will be offered online via a mix of both pre-recorded and live discussion sessions.  At this time, it is only available to register on a term-basis, at the cost of £70 for the term which includes 10 sessions, as per usual. If you wish to write an essay, please contact Jayme Reaves (jreaves@sarum.ac.uk) who can arrange payment separately. While each week will have a different tutor, Jayme will… Read more

(Taught Online) Exploring Theology Term 3: Week 9: The Bible and Literature

Tue 16 June 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Register for the current Exploring Theology Summer Term Here. This term of Exploring Theology will be offered online via a mix of both pre-recorded and live discussion sessions.  At this time, it is only available to register on a term-basis, at the cost of £70 for the term which includes 10 sessions, as per usual. If you wish to write an essay, please contact Jayme Reaves (jreaves@sarum.ac.uk) who can arrange payment separately. While each week will have a different tutor, Jayme will… Read more

(Taught Online) Exploring Theology Term 3: Week 10: The Bible in Film

Tue 23 June 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Register for the current Exploring Theology Summer Term Here. This term of Exploring Theology will be offered online via a mix of both pre-recorded and live discussion sessions.  At this time, it is only available to register on a term-basis, at the cost of £70 for the term which includes 10 sessions, as per usual. If you wish to write an essay, please contact Jayme Reaves (jreaves@sarum.ac.uk) who can arrange payment separately. While each week will have a different tutor, Jayme will… Read more

August 2020

Greek in a Week 2020: 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, Christianity’s founding collection of writings, has played a major role in the development of Western history and culture. Yet its very familiarity is deceptive. To read it only in translation is to see it through someone else’s eyes, and a knowledge of the original language in which it was written enriches our understanding and enjoyment of its contents. “…a challenging and fascinating course taught by a very knowledgeable and patient tutor.” “Far better than I could ever… Read more

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2020

Sun 30 August 2020, 2:30 pm to Fri 4 September 2020, 4:30 pm
Reading the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the language in which it was written is to open a window into a different world and times. We are as a culture more than 3,000 years distant from the nomadic tribes who wandered the Middle East from amongst whom emerged a radical new understanding of Creation and the Creator. Learning to read Biblical Hebrew is an adventure in difference. Ancient Hebrew is linguistically distant from European languages and employs structures and techniques to… Read more

September 2020

Exploring Theology: The Early Church and the Parting of Ways from Judaism

Tue 29 September 2020, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Exploring Theology weekly sessions will run according to the following schedule: 1)  Each lecture will be presented and recorded on Tuesday evenings in Sarum College.  For those who are able to attend in-person or via Zoom, the lectures will be live.  Recordings of lectures will be made available by the following day [Wednesdays] for those who are unable to attend on Tuesday evening.  Each lecture will last no more than 45 minutes.  For those participating online, the Zoom link will… Read more

October 2020

Biblical Response to Crisis Series: The Flood Myth and the Trauma of Exile: Genesis 6:5 – 9:29

Thu 8 October 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Much of the Bible is a response to crisis – be it the Babylonian exile or the death of Jesus.  In a time of global pandemic, these three sessions will revisit biblical attempts to find meaning amidst cataclysmic events. Together we will explore:  Using the flood myth to process experiences of devastation; expressing grief, anger, and hope through the Psalms; and facing up to violence and suffering with Mark’s Gospel. Participants will be asked to read a few biblical chapters… Read more

Biblical Responses to Crisis Series: Grief, Anger, and Hope in the Psalms: Psalms 13, 44, 27

Thu 15 October 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Much of the Bible is a response to crisis – be it the Babylonian exile or the death of Jesus.  In a time of global pandemic, these three sessions will revisit biblical attempts to find meaning amidst cataclysmic events. Together we will explore:  Using the flood myth to process experiences of devastation; expressing grief, anger, and hope through the Psalms; and facing up to violence and suffering with Mark’s Gospel. Participants will be asked to read a few biblical chapters… Read more

Facts of Blood & Bread: Drama and Power in the Gospel of Mark

Wed 21 October 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us for a day of conversation and resources focusing on the 2021 Gospel of the Year where we will seek to earth the story in lived experience. The Gospel of Mark is 2021’s Gospel of the Year and this day will be a day of conversation and exploring resources that will help us earth this story in our everyday lived experiences and struggles – ‘facts of blood and bread’.  We will do this by looking deeply at a selection… Read more

Biblical Responses to Crisis Series: The Death of Jesus, the Destruction of the Temple, and Mark’s Gospel: Mark 11:1 – 16:8

Thu 22 October 2020, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Much of the Bible is a response to crisis – be it the Babylonian exile or the death of Jesus.  In a time of global pandemic, these three sessions will revisit biblical attempts to find meaning amidst cataclysmic events. Together we will explore:  Using the flood myth to process experiences of devastation; expressing grief, anger, and hope through the Psalms; and facing up to violence and suffering with Mark’s Gospel. Participants will be asked to read a few biblical chapters… Read more

November 2020

Biblical Study Break: Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Bible

Mon 2 November 2020, 1:00 pm to Thu 5 November 2020, 2:00 pm
What can we learn from the Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Bible? This online course over four days explores and examines the literary world of the minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. With a focus on Amos, Jonah, Zephaniah and Malachi in particular, we will discuss the importance of these texts, question how to make sense of them, and better understand the significance of minor prophetic literature in our world today. Minor prophetic texts are an understudied and often misunderstood… Read more

December 2020

Reading Scripture Together: The Four Marys

Sat 5 December 2020, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
This conversational half-day course will re-read selected sacred texts in detail and consider the ways they have been interpreted, both in the written word and in art, and on their relevance and meaning to us today. The voices of women are thin on the ground in the Gospel texts. Four of the most significant female presences within these texts are, coincidentally, all named Mary; Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Martha, and Mary the wife… Read more

January 2021

Wash Your Hands and Keep Social Distance: Reading Biblical Purity Laws in a Time of COVID

Mon 18 January, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
What are the biblical purity laws actually for? In this time of COVID, there is wisdom to be gleaned from the Jewish tradition and continued practice of purity laws. We will look at a few of them that have continued relevance to our current context, consider their origins and impact, and discuss together the spirit of the law that brings life instead of death. Book your place Read more
£60

Reading Scripture Together: Wrestling with our Angels (Genesis 32:22-31)

Wed 27 January, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
                              The Bible shares a powerful story where our forefather, Jacob, wrestles with an ‘ish’ (literally a ‘man’ – but commonly understood to be an angel or even God’s own self) on the eve of encountering his estranged brother. Who is this ish and how does that encounter transform Jacob to be renamed ‘Israel’? We will use havruta (a Jewish study method) to do a close… Read more

February 2021

Biblical Study Break: Exploring the Psalms – Songs of Faith and Doubt

Mon 8 February, 10:00 am to Thu 11 February, 4:00 pm
The psalms were written well over 2000 years ago, and some of their imagery may seem strange, disturbing, even inappropriately violent; yet they are so recognisably human. They cover the gamut of emotions from praise and celebration to anger, grief, and anguished bewilderment. We will delve into this ancient poetry afresh, examining its characteristic features and discussing the ongoing power of its metaphors. We will consider the difficulties involved in translating the psalms, and discover how they have inspired later… Read more

March 2021

Exploring Theology: Exploring Modern Developments in Theological Conversations

Tue 16 March, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tue 16 March 2021

Exploring Theology Winter 2021 weekly sessions will run according to the following schedule: 1) Each lecture will be presented on Tuesday evenings online via Zoom. Lectures will start promptly and will run from 7:00-7:45pm.  Each lecture will last no more than 45 minutes.  The Zoom link for each session will be available on SarumLearn. 2) We will take a break between 7:45pm-8:00pm. The Zoom room will remain live during the break. 3) We will then gather again at 8:00pm for… Read more

April 2021

Reading the Bible with People Who Don’t Read the Bible

Fri 16 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
More and more people today have little or no familiarity with the Bible. Have you struggled with how to help them understand the Bible’s relevance? This course is for anyone working with individuals and groups who are unfamiliar with the Bible and the various ways it can be read and understood. This day will be spent exploring various reading practices, such as dialogical and contextual methods, for approaching the Bible in fresh, exciting ways. The aim of the online day… Read more

Exploring Theology Spring 2021: Living in Christian Faith

Tue 20 April, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tue 22 June 2021

This year we are focusing on the diversity of history, approaches, and understandings found in Christianity. This specific term will explore aspects of living in Christian faith, focusing on lived experience and putting faith into action through practical theology and ethical engagement with others and the world around us. This term of Exploring Theology will be delivered solely online via Zoom.  Tuesday evening lectures will be streamed live, recorded, and posted online for flexible access. View details about how the course… Read more
£60

Reading Scripture Together: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Thu 22 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
There is perhaps no better known New Testament story than that of ‘The Good Samaritan.’ We think we know what this story means, but recent writings by New Testament scholars bring a whole new layer of understanding by exploring the story’s Jewish roots. This session will explore the Jewish assumptions underlying this story and what it might have meant to Jesus’s audience at the time. We will look at the role parables played in Israelite teachings of the time; ancient… Read more
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