Centre for Contemporary Spirituality

This Centre offers academic, vocational, personal and devotional opportunities to explore spirituality widely, with courses for continuing ministerial development, and intellectual and professional growth and renewal.

Dr Karen O’Donnell is the Centre coordinator and programme leader for the MA in Christian Spirituality. Dr O’Donnell is a feminist, ecumenical, practical theologian whose interdisciplinary research interests span theology, spirituality, and pedagogy.

Comment from the Francis and the Sultan course (Sept 2019):

‘(This course) has impacted my thinking more deeply than I expected and left me with a lot I still have to process. I found myself asking questions about Islam that I have not felt a need to know the answers to before – and aware of the barriers on both sides to real spiritual friendship and fellowship between deeply spiritual people and that mattering to me in a new way.’

Learning Opportunities within the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality

  • All Courses & Events

  • Spirituality Courses

    Mon 28

    Reading Fiction as a Spiritual Practice

    Mon 28 October, 10:00 am to Wed 30 October, 4:00 pm
    Mon 25

    Sexuality and Spirituality

    Mon 25 November, 2:00 pm to Thu 28 November, 2:00 pm
    Mon 09

    The Life of the Virgin Mary on Page and Screen

    Mon 9 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Fri 20

    Winter Silent Retreat

    Fri 20 December, 3:00 pm to Sun 22 December, 3:00 pm
    Mon 20

    The Nature of Contemporary Spirituality

    Mon 20 January 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 23 January 2020, 2:00 pm
    Mon 17

    Pastoral Ministry and Christian Spiritual Direction

    Mon 17 February 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 20 February 2020, 2:00 pm
    Sat 29

    Marian Apparitions and Shrines

    Sat 29 February 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Mon 02

    Relocating Religion: Cultural and Spiritual Realignments

    Mon 2 March 2020, 2:00 pm to Thu 5 March 2020, 2:00 pm