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May 2019

Biblical Study Break: The World of Jesus – Archaeology, Geography and Texts

Mon 20 May, 1:00 pm to Thu 23 May, 2:00 pm
This Biblical Study Break is an immersion into the world of Jesus through archaeology, geography and New Testament texts. It will begin by exploring the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (the temples of Solomon and Herod) and the significance of the temple in ancient Judaism. It will then look at related texts and the importance of the temple for understanding Jesus in the New Testament. Other locations such as Bethlehem, Bethsaida, Nazareth and Caesarea Philippi will then be explored with a… Read more

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

Music in Worship Day: Music and the Christian Faith – A Day with J.S. Bach

Tue 4 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Building upon his recent courses on J.S. Bach’s music for the Passion and Easter, Charles Stewart reflects on how Bach interprets the core beliefs of Christianity through music: “I freely acknowledge my personal debt of gratitude to J. S. Bach, because time and again his music has enabled elements of Christian faith, doctrine and experience to be taken deeper into the heart of who I am. In other words, Bach’s music has helped me understand more fully what it can… Read more

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

New Thinking in Pastoral and Practical Theology

Wed 5 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This day will explore the nature of Pastoral and practical theology as a discipline. We will look at the way this area of theology has developed over the last 30 years and explore some of the key thinkers in this field. We will offer an opportunity for us to reflect together on what we have found helpful in our theological thinking and Pastoral work. We will also review some key writers and developments in the field. Anyone interested in putting… Read more

Richard Hooker, Apostle of Anglicanism

Thu 6 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Richard Hooker (1554-1600) is rightly described as the seminal theologian of the Church of England. The first ecclesial theologian to attempt to plot a genuine ‘middle-way’ between the more aggressive Protestantisms of the European Continent and the often defensive rigidities of 16th century Roman Catholicism. He stands above all for the wisdom of the Anglican ‘middle-way’. His theology is deeply grounded both in scripture and in the ‘catholic’ and cosmic vision of early Christianity. At the same time he stands… Read more

Servant Leadership

Mon 10 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Servant leadership is a leadership approach in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. A Servant Leader shares power, and puts the needs of others first. In this day we shall examine and reflect together on this form of leadership and explore its relevance for us by asking such questions as: Can we serve and lead at the same time? Have we sold out to CEO culture? Can you be a servant leader in a toxic environment?… 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

Strategies for Mission from a Celtic Saint

Tue 25 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The story of St Beuno, a 7th century Welsh abbot and saint, has many comparisons with our situation today. It requires navigating through later retellings that are composite, funny and fantastical, but the basics of the real story remain. We will investigate some underlying themes of Beuno’s ministry that are surprisingly contemporary and look at how they provide insights for strategies for mission in the church today. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722… 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

What is Our Story of Old Age? Listening and Learning from the Experience of Ageing

Wed 26 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
There are many different ways in which we can learn about our own ageing and others. One is to listen to the way in which we narrate the story of age as we ask ourselves what might make for a good old age. This day will present a range of different stories encouraging participants to listen carefully to the nature of narration. There will be an opportunity for us to think and reflect upon the experience of ageing. Some of… 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

A Day with Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe

Thu 11 July, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
An opportunity to explore the distinctive voices and experiences of these two English women mystics. This interactive workshop will uncover the depth of meaning and imagery in Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich’s visionary writings. It will also introduce some aspects of medieval medical understandings to illuminate what it might mean to attain ‘spiritual health’. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Please note that the tutor and date of this course has changed (was Tuesday 2… 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

Francis and the Sultan

Mon 16 September, 10:30 am to Tue 17 September, 4:30 pm
This conference will explore the meeting in 1219 during the Fifth Crusade of St Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, as inspiration for Christian-Muslim dialogue today. The event is offered in partnership with the Third Order of the Society of St Francis (TSSF). Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

Pastoral Liturgy Day: Finding Our Voice in Advent

Fri 27 September, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The season of Advent is experienced as a paradox. Its themes of waiting and longing are competing with the powerful commercial pressures that accelerate the arrival of Christmas. Yet it has unparalleled opportunities: it marks the time when many people in our local communities make their annual visit to church. The day will explore the range of liturgical opportunities for marking the season of Advent. We will consider how the spiritual themes of Advent can connect with our hopes and… Read more
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