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June 2021

Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction: Session 5: 2-4 June 2021

Wed 2 June, 8:00 am to Fri 4 June, 5:00 pm
Two-year course with nine residential sessions. 2020 to 2022 dates: 24 to 25 September 2020; 12 to 13 November 2020; 21 to 22 January 2021; 4 to 5 March 2021; 2 to 4 June 2021; 23 to 24 September 2021; 18 to 19 November 2021; 27 to 28 January 2022 and 24 to 25 March 2022. This two-year course offers a balanced learning environment, blending personal and spiritual formation with skills development. Participants undertake this training as part of a… Read more

An Introduction to Trauma Theology

Sat 12 June, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
NOTE: Due to high demand this is one of two identical sessions at different times, repeating the February 24 course with Dr Karen O’Donnell. Go to the afternoon version of this course In this course we will explore the development of ‘trauma’ as a human experience and consider the ways in which this intersects with theological ideas and beliefs. We will examine some of the key concepts at the heart of trauma-engaged theology and what such theology is aiming to… Read more

An Introduction to Trauma Theology

Sat 12 June, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
NOTE: Due to high demand, two identical sessions at different times are scheduled to serve as a repeat of the 24 February 2021 session with Dr Karen O’Donnell. Go to the morning version of this course In this course we will explore the development of ‘trauma’ as a human experience and consider the ways in which this intersects with theological ideas and beliefs. We will examine some of the key concepts at the heart of trauma-engaged theology and what such… Read more

September 2021

The Eucharist: Theological Perspectives, Spiritual Practices and Artistic Representations

Mon 6 September to Thu 9 September
This module offers opportunity for students to examine the development of the Eucharist with reference to theological discourse, eucharistic practice, and artistic engagement with the Eucharist. Students will critically analyse the central place of the Eucharist in the Christian spiritual tradition. The module gives scope to critically engage with a wide range of artistic engagements with the Eucharist including visual art, poetry, prose, and film. The module will examine the contemporary context of Eucharist including current debates surrounding the Eucharist… Read more

Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction: Session 6: 23-24 September 2021

Thu 23 September, 8:00 am to Fri 24 September, 5:00 pm
Two-year course with nine residential sessions. 2020 to 2022 dates: 24 to 25 September 2020; 12 to 13 November 2020; 21 to 22 January 2021; 4 to 5 March 2021; 2 to 4 June 2021; 23 to 24 September 2021; 18 to 19 November 2021; 27 to 28 January 2022 and 24 to 25 March 2022. This two-year course offers a balanced learning environment, blending personal and spiritual formation with skills development. Participants undertake this training as part of a… Read more

October 2021

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 4 October to Thu 7 October
The module will introduce students to the roots and types of spirituality in the Christian tradition until the Reformation. It will explore a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encourage to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced to.  Those not… Read more

November 2021

Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction: Session 7: 18-19 November 2021

Thu 18 November, 8:00 am to Fri 19 November, 5:00 pm
Two-year course with nine residential sessions. 2020 to 2022 dates: 24 to 25 September 2020; 12 to 13 November 2020; 21 to 22 January 2021; 4 to 5 March 2021; 2 to 4 June 2021; 23 to 24 September 2021; 18 to 19 November 2021; 27 to 28 January 2022 and 24 to 25 March 2022. This two-year course offers a balanced learning environment, blending personal and spiritual formation with skills development. Participants undertake this training as part of a… Read more

Spirituality, Health and Wellbeing: Spiritual Development in Context

Mon 22 November to Thu 25 November
This module enables students to explore the variety of ways in which spiritual development takes place over the course of a lifetime. It includes study of various models of spiritual development and the theories that underpin them. Students will explore issues of particular concern for pastoral care in the contemporary context and engage with non-theological disciplines that provide pastoral care. This module engages with scholarly debates on the relationship between spiritual development, suffering, and trauma. Students will examine the nature… Read more

January 2022

Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction: Session 8: 27-28 January 2022

Thu 27 January 2022, 8:00 am to Fri 28 January 2022, 5:00 pm
Two-year course with nine residential sessions. 2020 to 2022 dates: 24 to 25 September 2020; 12 to 13 November 2020; 21 to 22 January 2021; 4 to 5 March 2021; 2 to 4 June 2021; 23 to 24 September 2021; 18 to 19 November 2021; 27 to 28 January 2022 and 24 to 25 March 2022. This two-year course offers a balanced learning environment, blending personal and spiritual formation with skills development. Participants undertake this training as part of a… Read more

February 2022

Modern and Post-Modern Perspectives on Christian Spirituality (Core 2)

Mon 14 February 2022 to Thu 17 February 2022
This module will introduce students to the forms and types of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the Reformation to the present day. Students will investigate the nature of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernism, feminism, and political theology on contemporary perceptions of Christian spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic engagement with Christian Spirituality. Those not enroled in a postgraduate study programme are very welcome to book (limit 5… Read more

March 2022

Monasticism, Mysticism, and Metaphysics: Key Themes in Medieval Christian Spirituality

Mon 14 March 2022 to Thu 17 March 2022
This module will enable students to evaluate Western Medieval Schools of Christian Spirituality. It will examine the role of women in this period and evaluate their contributions to the Mysticism and politics of the period. Students will be encouraged to understand Medieval Spirituality in the broader context of medieval theological developments and explore key Christian spiritual texts from this period. Those not enroled in a postgraduate study programme are very welcome to book (limit 5 places) on this module as… Read more

Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction: Session 9: 24-25 March 2022

Thu 24 March 2022, 8:00 am to Fri 25 March 2022, 5:00 pm
Two-year course with nine residential sessions. 2020 to 2022 dates: 24 to 25 September 2020; 12 to 13 November 2020; 21 to 22 January 2021; 4 to 5 March 2021; 2 to 4 June 2021; 23 to 24 September 2021; 18 to 19 November 2021; 27 to 28 January 2022 and 24 to 25 March 2022. This two-year course offers a balanced learning environment, blending personal and spiritual formation with skills development. Participants undertake this training as part of a… Read more

April 2022

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Re-Alignments

Mon 25 April 2022 to Thu 28 April 2022
This module is primarily concerned with equivocations and uncertainties that surround the concepts and practices of religion in the modern period, including contemporary and popularly expressed preferences for ‘spirituality’. As regards ‘religion’, this module will draw upon previous historiographical and philosophical discussions but will focus mainly on how religion can be conceived and understood within the fields of theological and cultural anthropology. As regards the ‘relocations’ of religion drawn attention to in the title, the module will examine the different… Read more

June 2022

Erotic Desires: Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality

Mon 20 June 2022 to Thu 23 June 2022
This module will provide students with the methodological tools to engage with a study of sexuality and Spirituality. Students will be enabled to understand how the Christian tradition has engaged with gender, sexuality, and spirituality and how that impacts on contemporary debates in these areas. Students will be encouraged to relate these insights to their own experience and to critically evaluate the current theological and spiritual concerns in matters of gender and sexuality. Those not on the MA programme are… Read more

July 2022

Texts and the Christian Tradition

Mon 4 July 2022 to Thu 7 July 2022
This module will focus on a deep exploration of a particular text as it relates to the Christian Tradition. The text will be either a particular biblical text(s) (e.g. The Gospel of Mark, The Sermon on the Mount, or the Genesis matriarchal narratives) and/or a classic text from the Christian spiritual tradition (e.g. The Rule of St Benedict, The Interior Castle, The Cloud of Unknowing), with a different text chosen for each iteration of the module. Students will critically engage… Read more

September 2022

Inspiration and Imaginations: Creative Expressions of the Spiritual Life

Mon 5 September 2022 to Thu 8 September 2022
This module will enable students to understand the relationship between Christian Theology & Spirituality and art. This relationship will be placed in historical, cultural, and theological perspective, and the students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness alongside the possibilities for developing their own creative practice. This module will also enable students to critically engage with the place of art in Christian worship and the life of the Church. Those not on enroled on the postgraduate… Read more

October 2022

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 10 October 2022 to Thu 13 October 2022
The module will introduce students to the roots and types of spirituality in the Christian tradition until the Reformation. It will explore a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity and enable students to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Students will become aware of the problems we face in matters of interpretation when dealing with classical spiritual texts and will be encourage to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced to.  Those not… Read more

November 2022

Western Christian Mysticism

Mon 21 November 2022 to Thu 24 November 2022
This module gives students an overview of the historical development of the Western Christian Mystical tradition.  The course aims to enable students to identify and analyse key historical figures and movements within that tradition, as well as contemporary scholarly debates around Christian Mysticism. Students will be expected to examine both apophatic and cataphatic strands of Western Mysticism. Aspects of the English strand of the mystical tradition will be explored as well as that of Continental mystics. Five places are set… Read more

April 2023

Mass Culture: Theological Engagement and Spiritual Practice

Mon 24 April 2023 to Thu 27 April 2023
This module considers the phenomenon of mass culture as that which approximates to the actual ‘lived culture’ of millions of people today. The module will explore and discuss topics such as changing patterns of leisure and travel in today’s world as well as technological and media mediated culture which forms the backdrop to spirituality and ‘doing’ theology in our age. In this respect modern mass culture frequently mimics religious modes of orchestrating emotion and creating identity while at the same… Read more

June 2023

Embodied Encounters with the Divine

Mon 5 June 2023 to Thu 8 June 2023
This module will introduce students to perspectives on Christian Spirituality that resist Neo-Platonic dualities. The module will centre the place of the body in Christian Spirituality and explore the nature of embodied experience in the Christian spiritual tradition. Students will be introduced to the concept of Christian Materialism and will analyse the contribution this can make to Christian Spirituality. This module will also draw in sacramental and ecological perspectives on the spiritual body. There are auditor spaces set aside for… Read more
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