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October 2018

Approaches to Liturgical Studies

Mon 8 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 October 2018, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the sources and methods used by scholars in the evaluation and interpretation of liturgical forms. These include those used for historical, theological and ritual analysis. It will equip students with skills in the critical evaluation of various sources and create awareness of the presuppositions which lie behind much liturgical scholarship. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact the MA Administrator for all booking enquiries maadministrator@sarum.ac.uk … Read more

In Flight with the Wild Goose: Worship and Resources from the Iona Community

Tue 16 October 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Iona Community is widely known for its distinctive worship style, associated either with Wild Goose Publications or the influential figure of John Bell. This course, led by two former Resident Musicians of Iona Abbey, will explore the appeal of Iona and provide guidance on how a local church could use the worship resources including songs for choirs and congregations, separate liturgies and liturgical resources to integrate into your regular worship pattern. A day that caters for those already familiar… Read more

December 2018

Liturgy and Time: Calendar and Daily Prayer

Mon 3 December 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 6 December 2018, 2:00 pm
This module will explore the ways in which Christian worship has been influenced by its relationship with time. The way Christians have developed daily patterns of prayer will be investigated, together with the constituent elements of this form or prayer, such as the use of psalms, scripture and intercessory prayer. The historical origins and evolution of the Christian festivals together with their theological and ritual meaning will form the basis of an analysis of annual rhythms of prayer. Contemporary revisions… Read more

March 2019

Christian Initiation

Mon 4 March 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 March 2019, 2:00 pm
Many Western Churches have significantly revised their baptismal liturgies in the last fifty years in response to the changing place of the church in society. This module will examine key historical periods which provide a context for contemporary rites and the theologies which lie behind them. There will be a field visit to consider the liturgical features of a font, for example Salisbury Cathedral. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.… Read more

May 2019

Pastoral Liturgy Day: A Fresh Approach to the Art of Leading Worship

Thu 9 May 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
In recent years leadership has become the buzz word in church conversations about renewing patterns of ministry, to the extent that effective leadership is regarded by some as the panacea for declining congregations. Curiously absent from these discussions is a serious consideration of the vital role liturgical leadership has to play in the local church, or what lessons we can learn from wider contemporary understandings of leadership. This course is designed to help anyone involved in leading worship rediscover the… Read more

Music in Christian Worship

Mon 13 May 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 16 May 2019, 2:00 pm
Music is a significant feature of much Christian worship, whether chanted psalms, congregational hymns, liturgical texts arranged for choirs or contemporary worship songs. This module explores the variety of musical styles in Christian worship from both historical and contemporary perspectives and draws upon critical themes in musicology, theology and pastoral liturgy. It will equip students to make informed assessments of music choices in the liturgical events of different ecclesial settings. Musical skill or knowledge, while beneficial, is not required. Those… Read more

Processions in Medieval Salisbury Cathedral and Their Antecedents

Mon 13 May 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This lecture addresses an important aspect of ritual in the medieval church – processions. At Salisbury Cathedral there were processions on around 100 days of the year. They varied in complexity, routes and intention. By the time the cathedral was founded in 1078, they were well established in the Western Church; and what happened at the first cathedral in the twelfth century was transferred (with some changes of route) to the new cathedral in the thirteenth century. The lecture will… Read more

June 2019

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

Tue 4 June 2019, 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

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June 2019, 2:00 pm
This module engages with the relationship between spirituality and liturgy. Attention will be paid to the ways in which they relate, both conceptually and with reference to debates, such as the historic conflict between liturgy and popular piety. Students will have the opportunity to study specific examples of liturgical practice from a variety of Christian traditions, and in so doing develop their ability to interpret liturgical prayer as a form of spirituality. Those not on the MA programme are very… Read more

September 2019

Pastoral Liturgy Day: Finding Our Voice in Advent

Fri 27 September 2019, 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

October 2019

Approaches to Liturgical Studies

Mon 7 October 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 10 October 2019, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the sources and methods used by scholars in the evaluation and interpretation of liturgical forms. These include those used for historical, theological and ritual analysis. It will equip students with skills in the critical evaluation of various sources and create awareness of the presuppositions which lie behind much liturgical scholarship. An introduction to the sources and methods used by liturgical scholars in the evaluation of liturgical history and contemporary worship events. This (core) postgraduate… Read more

November 2019

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

Tue 19 November 2019, 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

December 2019

Liturgy and Mission

Mon 2 December 2019, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 December 2019, 2:00 pm
The church in the west faces new challenges of maintaining and communicating its identity in what is sometimes referred to as a ‘post-Christian’ society. In this context, the practice of public worship is receiving fresh attention as a means of articulating and embodying the Missio Dei, the mission of God. This module will explore how recent developments in scholarship and practice are bringing the two disciplines of liturgical studies and missiology into conversation with one another. The module will introduce… Read more

February 2020

Pastoral Liturgy Day: Guard us Sleeping: Praying at Night

Tue 4 February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The course explores how Compline provides a means of prayer for an age that is increasingly concerned about sleep. Participants will be introduced to the history and liturgical forms of Compline, the most recent work on the theology of sleep, and a variety of practical ideas on how Compline can be used in a local church setting. Opportunity will be given for discussion and sharing in the experience of prayer at night. Ideal for those with pastoral and liturgical responsibility… Read more

Perham-Shaped Worship 2020

Fri 28 February, 3:00 pm to Sat 29 February, 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

March 2020

The Eucharist

Mon 2 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March, 2:00 pm
This module explores the most significant developments of eucharistic worship from the New Testament to the contemporary church. Students will gain an understanding of the theological, historical and social influences upon the Eucharist and the debates surrounding different interpretations of its meaning. Through the study of recent ecumenical conversations, students will be encouraged to relate their study to contemporary church contexts. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Alison Ogden… Read more

May 2020

(Cancelled) Music in Worship Day: Hearing the Sacred in Music: Listening as Prayer

Tue 5 May, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been cancelled. See our official statement here. This course will examine various views of the relationship between music and the listener and how spirituality may enter this experience. It will embrace a variety of styles and contexts, both secular and sacred. It will examine how tone, colour, expressive character, musical construction and value systems relate to spirituality and whether the spirit resides in the music itself or in the relationship between music and… Read more

Virtual Body of Christ? Worship in Digital Spaces

Sun 31 May, 10:00 am to Mon 1 June, 11:30 pm
Long before lockdown, Karen O’Donnell from Sarum College’s Centre for Contemporary Spirituality had begun to write a book due to be published next year that considers the church in a virtual space. The past weeks of closed churches and social distancing have brought that research into sharp focus. In worship, where not just colour, sound, the written word and gesture are highly symbolic and touch, smell and joint enterprise are also significant elements, remote worship has presented great challenges. Does the idea… Read more

June 2020

(Taught Online) Worship, Art and Architecture

Mon 15 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June, 2:00 pm
Sign up for this online module Here. The space in which Christian worship takes place is influenced by the culture of the age and place as well as ecclesiology. This module will investigate church buildings and their art in significant historical periods to highlight the way each artefact is the result of a confluence of variables. The theoretical notion of ‘sacred space’ will be explored and students will be encouraged to reflect upon the use of liturgical space in specific… Read more

August 2020

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2020

Sun 30 August, 2:30 pm to Fri 4 September, 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
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