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February 2020

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 17 February, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February, 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 the spiritual direction within the Christian tradition. They… Read more

The Bible: Cultural Critique and Transformation

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

Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

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

Understanding Organisations

Mon 9 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 12 March, 2:00 pm
This module examines contemporary images and models of organisations, bringing multi-disciplinary critical insights into the emergence of organisational culture. The role of the leader is examined, especially through questions of power and authority and comparisons made between different approaches to ecclesiology and church organisation. Systems theories are used to examine organisations, including congregations: students are encouraged to reflect on their own situation and experience in the light of this. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book… Read more

Theology and Film

Mon 23 March, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March, 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, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 March, 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 between 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, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 April, 2:00 pm
What is the potential impact of faith-based leadership on and within institutions? Especially in a time when religion is being marginalised and faith is under attack? Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Chris Whimpenny for all booking enquiries cwhimpenny@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception) Read more

May 2020

Liturgy and Culture

Mon 4 May, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 May, 2:00 pm
This module will investigate the relationship between liturgy and its changing cultural contexts. This is a topic that has become increasingly important for churches as they reassess their relationship to society and for liturgical studies as churches and scholars recognise the significance of cultural context for liturgical development. The module will introduce students to different ways of understanding the relationship between culture and liturgy, and the implications and theological assumptions of each approach. Reflection on these issues will be concerning… Read more

God, Beauty and the Imagination

Mon 18 May, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 May, 2:00 pm
This course aims to explore how God, beauty and imagination have found expression in art, literature and music and how these themes have been reflected in theology. In so doing the module will provide an introduction to some major art-historical epochs and subjects and examine how artists have engaged with and have rendered Christian dogmas, such as the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the Trinity, Mary, the church etc through various means from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.… Read more

June 2020

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 15 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June, 2:00 pm
This module will enable students to critically evaluate relationships between Christian Spirituality and non-Christian spiritualities. Students will be introduced to the important role that Platonic and other philosophical traditions within antiquity played in shaping Christian Spirituality and explore ways in which non-Christian traditions continue to re-shape and challenge classical notions of Christian Spirituality in three contemporary settings. Students will also examine the subjective turn and the challenge presented by New Age and other contrasting spiritualities. The module will also allow students… Read more

Worship, Art and Architecture

Mon 15 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June, 2:00 pm
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 contexts. There will be a guided tour… Read more

Personal Development

Mon 15 June, 2:00 pm to Thu 18 June, 2:00 pm
The module will make a methodological and hermeneutical study of contemporary management strategies for using feedback to develop and evaluate personal development plans in a variety of both faith-based and secular contexts. There will be a critical study of the significance of emotional and spiritual intelligence theories for the development of self-awareness and management of self in a leadership context. The module will provide an opportunity for students to design a feedback mechanism and personal development plan that they can… Read more

October 2020

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 5 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 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 several 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 to. Those… Read more

Christian Faith and Leadership

Mon 5 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 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

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 12 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 15 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

Approaches to Liturgical Studies

Mon 12 October, 2:00 pm to Thu 15 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. 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 2020

Change and Conflict

Mon 23 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 November, 2:00 pm
This module critically examines theoretical and practical aspects of change through several 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 situations to increase shared learning and to provide practical insights for their practice. this postgraduate module is open to wider participation. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to… Read more

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 23 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 November, 2:00 pm
This module introduces the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years that have shaped contemporary understandings of Spirituality. Students will be encouraged to examine contemporary concepts of ‘experience’ and ‘self’ in the light of some seminal thinkers of the twentieth century, whose works can be directly related to issues of religious subjectivity. Students will also be enabled to assess the impact of the work of Carl Jung on Christian thought and practice, including in pastoral care and… Read more

Liturgy and Time: Calendar and Daily Prayer

Mon 30 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 3 December, 2:00 pm
This module will explore how 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 of 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 of either Daily… Read more
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