The merger of Sarum College and the former Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS) became official on 1 February 2015, heralding a new era of excellence in theological education and reflection.
“Our education programmes offer lay and ordained people of all denominations the opportunity to learn together in a community that mirrors the nature of the emerging church where collaboration and welcome are fundamental,” says Canon Keith Lamdin, Sarum College Principal. “This provides a rich context for us to respond to the opportunities of an evolving national framework for Anglican training.”
New ordination pathways, a new partnership with Salisbury Diocese in ministerial training, and new initiatives for lay ministry in response to the requirements of regional bishops and ecumenical partners are envisaged.
“Through our combined strengths, we will work for constructive theological engagement on the pressing issues facing church and society,” says the Revd Dr Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh, former Acting Principal of STETS.
The newly merged organisation will continue to be called Sarum College and to run its four postgraduate programmes alongside a wide array of public events and courses held throughout the year. The College continues also to be a centre of Christian hospitality where guest bedrooms and meeting rooms are available for hire by the general public when not in use for courses.