About the Sarum Summer School 2025: Texts and the Christian Tradition course
Come to Sarum College for a week of deep exploration of a specific text as it relates to the Christian Tradition. In 2023, for example, the selected text was Bonaventure’s The Life of St Francis.
This is an opportunity to have a week study break 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. During the week, you will engage critically with the text using particular lenses to enable deeper consideration of its meaning, significance, impact and longevity for the Christian spiritual tradition, its adherents, and/or the wider cultural context.
The selected text changes each iteration of this module. It is either a particular biblical text(s) such as The Gospel of Mark, The Sermon on the Mount, or the Genesis matriarchal narratives and/or a classic text from the Christian spiritual tradition such as The Rule of St Benedict, The Interior Castle, The Cloud of Unknowing.
Sarum Summer School auditors are participants who learn alongside postgraduate students but are not required to complete an essay or earn academic credit.
Joining this course is an opportunity to have a study break 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. The audit fee and hospitality prices are reviewed annually with any changes effective from 1 July.