About the Foundations and Forms of Christian Spirituality (2022) course
An introduction to the roots and types of spirituality in the Christian tradition up to the late Medieval period. The course also will explore a number of spiritual traditions within Christianity to place them in their historical and philosophical contexts.
The focus is on the Greek roots of Christian spirituality, as well as monastic, Celtic, and Orthodox spiritualities.
We will discuss issues of interpretation with classical spiritual texts and explore different ways of interpreting and applying ideas in our reading of these texts.
Specific session themes include:
- the histories and traditions of Christian Spiritualities, including key movements which were influential on the early developments of Christianity up to and including the Reformations with Dr Michael Hahn
- key themes and texts from Christian scriptures in the study of Christian spirituality; methods and hermeneutics of biblical studies in the 21st century with Dr Jayme Reaves
- early Christian contemplative tradition and its engagement with the story of Moses on Mount Sinai with Dr Ann Conway-Jones
- Celtic spiritual and literary traditions with Professor Ann Dooley
- Orthodox spiritual and theological traditions; key themes will include theosis and icons with Dr Michael Hahn.
- Monastic spirituality with with Dr Michael Hahn
- Spirituality in the Reformations, especially Catholic (Counter) Reformation, and the spirituality of figures within this with Dr Edward Howells
This excellent introduction to the historical study of Christian Spirituality is part of the Christian Spirituality postgraduate studies programme and is open to ‘auditors’ eg those who join the course without receiving academic credit.
This course would made 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. Student rates for hospitality costs during a teaching week currently are: £250 (en-suite), £200 (standard) and £60 (non-residential), along with an educational fee of £125 per booking. The audit fee and hospitality prices are reviewed annually with any changes effective from 1 July.