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June 2019

Change and Conflict

Mon 17 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June, 2:00 pm
This module critically examines theoretical and practical aspects of change through a number of disciplines, especially theology, ecclesiology, missiology, ecology, psychology and complexity theory. The various strands are brought together to provide a holistic view of the origins and potentially transforming role of conflict. Throughout, students apply the concepts to their own situations to increase shared learning and to provide practical insights for their own practice. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module… Read more

Liturgy and Spirituality

Mon 17 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 June, 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

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 30 September, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 October, 2:00 pm
This module will introduce students to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition until the end of the eighteenth century. It will look at 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 encouraged to apply a range of interpretative methods to the texts they are introduced… Read more

Christian Faith and Leadership

Mon 30 September, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 October, 2:00 pm
The module explores and analyses ways in which theology and spirituality underpin and challenge an understanding of leadership within and outside faith-based contexts. It encourages critical reflection on how leadership and management within the changing nature of contemporary society can be informed by insights from spiritual and theological traditions, especially Christianity, and be related to a theological view of faith, vocation, the Church and its mission. Participants are encouraged to become confident in handling disciplines and methodologies that can inform… Read more

October 2019

Approaches to Liturgical Studies

Mon 7 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 10 October, 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 Alex Weir for all booking enquiries aweir@sarum.ac.uk  |… Read more

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 7 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 10 October, 2:00 pm
Engage with the ‘texts’ and practices of human culture and explore the nature of the relationship between theology and culture through creative and critical perspectives. Students will be given the opportunity to refine and update their knowledge of theologians and key theological debates as they relate to human culture, show how central themes in theology are expressed through different forms of culture in history and today, and be given the opportunity to critically reflect on human culture through a variety… Read more

November 2019

Sexuality and Spirituality

Mon 25 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 November, 2:00 pm
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 sexuality and Spirituality and how that impacts on contemporary debates. 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 sexuality. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this… Read more

Working Together

Mon 25 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 November, 1:00 pm
This module encourages engagement with a hermeneutical approach grounded in the Holy Trinity, which is examined through a number of traditions. Biblical examples of ministry and working together are critiqued through the disciplines of sociology, psychology and organisational studies and implications drawn for an understanding of the various forms of authorised ministry and the role of the laity. Students are encouraged to understand themselves and each other better through the use of teamwork profiling instruments and models. This leads to… Read more

December 2019

Liturgy and Mission

Mon 2 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 December, 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

Text, Interpretation and Imagination

Mon 2 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 December, 2:00 pm
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. The Bible, when read in each new cultural context, both challenges the readers’ cultural assumptions and is challenged by new ways of reading which spring forth from the readers’ distinct perspective. The discipline, art and craft of hermeneutics require that one become sensitive to both the reading of the text and the act of being read by the text. During this… Read more

January 2020

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 20 January 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 January 2020, 2:00 pm
An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, postmodernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.… Read more

Reflective Practice

Mon 20 January 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 January 2020, 2:00 pm
A methodological and hermeneutical study of how reflective practice can underpin and challenge an understanding of leadership. It will introduce students to contemporary models of reflective practice both in the educational, theological and business worlds and encourage reflection on how these models inform and critique one another. There will be opportunities to practice a variety of methods so that students can select and design their own models apply in their own work context. Those not on the MA programme are… Read more

February 2020

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 17 February 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February 2020, 2:00 pm
This module enables students to explore approaches to pastoral ministry and spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. It presents them with different models of pastoral care and encourages them to reflect theologically on these models, placing them in their historical context. Students will explore issues of particular concern for pastoral ministry in the contemporary context and engage with non-theological disciplines that provide pastoral care. Students will be introduced to different approaches to spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They will consider… Read more

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

Mon 17 February 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February 2020, 2:00 pm
The Bible is notably the most translated book in human history. Its worldwide popularity has shaped political, economic and cultural relations in societies where it is read. Its entrenchment in history has made it a language for readers, interpreters and textual critics alike who have found the Bible a useful means to address issues of concern within their contexts and so to voice various calls for social and cultural transformation. Despite the fact that the study of the Bible in… Read more

March 2020

The Eucharist

Mon 2 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March 2020, 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 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 Alex Weir for all… Read more

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

Mon 2 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March 2020, 2:00 pm
In a so called ‘secular age’ has religion and more specifically Christian faith and belief simply disappeared from public view altogether? Do modern people no longer require the ‘sacred canopy’ of religion to feel at home in the world? Has the idea and practice of religion become so tarnished with notions of religious fundamentalism and extremism or institutional irrelevance and corruption that by and large, in Europe at least, most people leave it to a small minority of others to… Read more

Leadership and the Unconscious

Mon 9 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 12 March 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will use both theoretical presentations and experiential methods to introduce students to an understanding and working knowledge of unconscious processes, with special reference to their understanding of organisational life and their practice as leaders. There will be an examination of how contemporary understandings of the unconscious have been understood within a religious and faith perspective. The module will provide understanding in the light of peer and staff feedback in case studies from students own experience. Those not on… Read more

Theology and Film

Mon 23 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March 2020, 2:00 pm
This module explores the growing field of theology and film. Students will become conversant in the language and history of cinema, noting specifically the unique ways in which film uses technology, editing, framing, and sound to convey meaning. After a brief introduction to film studies, students will then explore the historical relationship between theology and film, with specific reference to the reception (ranging from prohibition to utilisation) of film by the Christian Churches. We will spend time looking at and studying… Read more

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 23 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will encourage students to evaluate Western Medieval schools of Spirituality. It will examine the role of women in this period and evaluate their contribution to the Mysticism and politics of the period. Students will be encouraged to assess the impact of the Crusades on the ongoing relationship of Islam and Christianity. The module will highlight the legacy of this period to the Churches in our day. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on… Read more

April 2020

Christian Approaches to Leadership in the Public Square

Mon 20 April 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 April 2020, 2:00 pm
This module will make a methodological, hermeneutical and theological study of the potential impact of Christian approaches to leadership on and within secular institutions at a time when religion is being marginalized and faith is under attack. It will encourage reflection on the current place of the Christian faith in the public square and will evaluate existing and emerging models of engagement between Christianity and the prevailing secular and pluralist culture of contemporary society, in e.g. business, education, and politics… Read more
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