The Exploring Theology Experience

The 2019/20 year begins with our first session on Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm in Sarum College.

This flagship theology course is for anyone visiting or within travelling distance of Salisbury who wishes to deepen their knowledge of and relationship with Christian Scriptures and teachings.

Successor to the previously long-running Theology Quest and Questions course,
Exploring Theology offers intellectually rigorous, interactive, and accessible
learning.

The 2019-20 academic year, Exploring the Bible, focuses on equipping students
with knowledge and tools to read and encounter the Scriptures faithfully and
fruitfully in their own lives.

The Autumn Term explores the Hebrew Scriptures, known to Christians as the Old
Testament, and the Spring Term explores the New Testament. These terms offer
an introduction of (almost) the whole Bible with selective attention to particular
key themes and passages. The Summer Term then further explores ways in which
Christians can read and live with the Bible as Holy Scripture.

Sessions begin with an hour of interactive teaching, followed by a 20- minute tea and coffee break. The second part is 40 minutes of communal reading and discussion of a relevant Scripture passage. We begin and end promptly as some have long distances to travel.

Those who come are always very varied in their professional and personal experience, as well as any religious commitment they have (or not as the case may be), and that variety is very welcome.

The teaching team: 

Contributors include Sarum College staff members Paul Burden; Karen O’Donnell and James Steven, as well as Carlton Turner, team vicar in the Diocese of Lichfield and tutor for Anglican Black, African, and Minority Ethnic students at The Queen’s Foundation and Meredith Warren, director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.  

The College Library is a very valuable resource for students, and a subscription is free for those who sign up for a full term of Exploring Theology.