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December 2017

Liturgy and Mission

Mon 4 December 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 December 2017, 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 4 December 2017, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 December 2017, 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 2018

The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

Mon 22 January 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 25 January 2018, 5:00 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

February 2018

Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

Mon 19 February 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 22 February 2018, 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 19 February 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 22 February 2018, 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 2018

Theology and Film

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 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

Literature and Spirituality

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 2:00 pm
This module will give students the tools required to analyse modern English fiction and poetry in their relations to Christian Spirituality. It will encourage the skilful use of primary and secondary material in order to assess the spiritual character of the works of individual writers. Students will be enabled to demonstrate the relationship between Christian Spirituality and English literature. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor. Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking… Read more

The Eucharist

Mon 5 March 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 8 March 2018, 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 Rosemary Nicklen for all… Read more

April 2018

Medieval Spirituality

Mon 23 April 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 April 2018, 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

Christian Approaches to Leadership in the Public Square

Mon 23 April 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 26 April 2018, 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

May 2018

Celtic Spirituality

Mon 21 May 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 May 2018, 2:00 pm
This module enables students to gain a critical understanding of current invocations and retrievals of Celtic Spirituality. Students will be able to engage with notions of the development of spiritual traditions and the political impact of those developments. The Celtic insights into sacred space, nature, time, place, grace and eschatology will be investigated in order to enable students to have a clear understanding of the differences between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions. Those not on the MA programme are very welcome… Read more

God, Beauty and the Imagination

Mon 21 May 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 24 May 2018, 2:00 pm
The aim of this course is to explore how God, beauty and the 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… Read more

June 2018

Contemporary Christian Spirituality

Mon 18 June 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 June 2018, 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 18 June 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 21 June 2018, 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 in order 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… Read more

October 2018

Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality

Mon 1 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 4 October 2018, 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 8 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 October 2018, 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

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

Theology and Human Culture

Mon 8 October 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 11 October 2018, 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 2018

Embodying Wisdom

Mon 26 November 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 29 November 2018, 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

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
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