About the The Eucharist: Theological Perspectives, Spiritual Practices and Artistic Representations course
Examine the development of the Eucharist with reference to theological discourse, eucharistic practice, and artistic engagement with the Eucharist.
In this course, we will critically analyse the central place of the Eucharist in the Christian spiritual tradition with scope to explore a wide range of artistic engagements with the Eucharist including visual art, poetry, prose, and film.
We will examine the contemporary context of Eucharist including current debates surrounding the Eucharist and its relationship to issues of justice, peace, and ethics.
Contributors to module sessions include:
The Revd Paul Burden, Dean of Ministry at Sarum College, will cover practical questions about the celebration of the Eucharist in different contexts.
Feminist theologian Dr Karen O’Donnell Director of Studies at Wescott House, will discuss questions relating to trauma and incarnation in relation to the Eucharist.
Artist and curator Susan Francis, an alumni of the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture, will discuss ideas about the eucharist in visual art, and ideas about transformation in contemporary art. Susan’s work is in the Summer Show 2023 of the Royal Society of Sculptors (until 30 Sept 2023).
Sarum College Director of Academic Development Dr Jayme Reaves will cover how the Eucharist is depicted in fiction, particularly in film.
This is a postgraduate course open to ‘auditors‘ e.g. those not enrolled for academic credit.
What does it mean to audit a course?
This course would make an excellent addition to a study break, retreat or sabbatical in the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral Close, where residential participants enjoy full board, access to the library and to the pattern of liturgy at Salisbury Cathedral.
Whether it’s cultural events, sightseeing (Stonehenge is nearby for example) or shopping — there’s plenty to do if you’d like to extend your stay the weekend before and after the course. For ideas, visit Salisbury Cathedral Close attraction websites to see what’s on Sarum’s doorstep. Visit the Wiltshire Creative website to view events at nearby Salisbury Playhouse and the Salisbury Arts Centre. The Experience Salisbury website has an excellent city-wide listing of forthcoming events around the city.
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Enrolled students also may attend teaching weeks for modules in addition to the modules which they are studying for credit, by permission of the Programme Leader. Contact us for current hospitality rates