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November 2019

Music in Worship Day: Inspiring Music in Worship – Engaging with the Rural Church

Tue 19 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In rural areas, clergy oversee worship in multiple churches for small village congregations stretching over considerable geographical areas. This can produce unique opportunities for lay leaders and musicians to work with clergy, exploring innovative ways to worship both inside and outside the church buildings. Published by the Royal School of Church Music and Praxis, the Inspiring Music in Worship series enables creative conversations, fosters collaborative ways of working and nurtures respect and trust. Earthed in real church case studies, this… 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

MODEM Conference 2019- Losing Control: Enabling Withness

Thu 21 November, 12:00 pm to Fri 22 November, 2:00 pm
MODEM Conference 2019 This conference, in partnership with the Susanna Wesley Foundation, will explore ideas Sam Wells has developed in his recent books and how these can relate to ideas from organisation studies about the emergence and non-imperialistic forms of organising and non-control and relate these to experience and wisdom from local churches. We will be exploring ideas that Sam Wells has been developing in ‘A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God’ (2015), ‘Incarnational ministry: being with the church’ (2017) and… Read more

Dementia: Who Cares for the Carers?

Fri 29 November, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The majority of people living with a diagnosis of dementia are cared for at home by a family member. Most people living with a diagnosis of dementia are cared for at home by a family member. This hidden army of carers is often overlooked. We will hear carers’ stories and reflect on their needs for practical and spiritual support. This hidden army of carers is often overlooked, so this day will be dedicated to hearing their stories and reflecting on… Read more

February 2020

Perham-Shaped Worship

Fri 28 February 2020, 3:00 pm to Sat 29 February 2020, 4:00 pm
This symposium is an invitation to consider the remarkably rich and diverse influence of the late Bishop Michael Perham upon worship in the Church of England. In this public forum, speakers with first-hand experience of Michael’s ministry will address issues such as nurturing worship in the parish, liturgical leadership, the formation of praying people, and liturgical revision. Session Titles & Contributors Click on a session title for the full description Praying and Practising the Liturgy: Inhabiting the Eucharist with Tom Clammer… Read more

April 2020

Music in Worship Day: The Legacy of African American Spirituals for Congregational Song

Thu 2 April 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This course will explore theology and spirituality of African American Spirituals against their cultural and political backgrounds and assess their legacy for church music today. The Spirituals emerged from a cauldron of conflict, deep pain and suffering. They were, for enslaved African Americans, a source of affirmation, protest and liberation. So too, congregational song has, from its beginnings, been mired in controversy and conflict. Church authorities have regarded it with suspicion because singing affirms and emboldens the people in the… Read more

May 2020

Leading in a Second Chair

Thu 21 May 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Leaders are often assumed to be at the top of organisations. Relatively little attention has been paid to those occupying a second chair. The role may be clear, eg deputy head of a school or vice-chair of a board of trustees. But the application in a church context – youth pastor, curate, deacon, Licensed Lay Minister – can raise questions of ecclesiology and approaches to ministry. Second chair leaders are both leaders and followers. What personal and organisational consequences does… Read more

July 2020

Music in Worship Day: Sing it Again: Taizé and Short Songs in Worship

Fri 10 July 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An opportunity to explore, through teaching and practise, how short songs can enrich all kinds of worship. ‘The high point of this prayer [at Taizé] is the singing which never ends and which continues afterwards in the silence of the hearts when we are alone again.’ Brother Roger of Taizé The use of repeated short songs is a feature of worship in various traditions; what is its value? In answering this question the course will focus upon the music of… 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

October 2020

Sing Gregorian Chant

Sat 31 October 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day offers the chance to experience and sing Gregorian chant in a friendly context. An entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience structured around the monastic hour services. The theology of Gregorian chant is explored through singing it, for those with theological, historical or musical interests. Singing experience is welcome, but not necessary for the course. There will be a chance to sing a short service in the Trinity Chapel at Salisbury Cathedral. Using at first simple recitation in English, it… Read more

November 2020

Teach Us How to Pray: Poetry and Prayer

Thu 19 November 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the role of poets as instructors in the art of prayer, not just as a set of words, but as an effective experience, a form of meditation and a wordless, bodily practice. The day will involve close reading, reflection and discussion on poems that engage with traditions of public and liturgical prayer, of private and extemporary prayer, and of secular forms of prayer. By the end of the day, you will have encountered new literature and… Read more
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