is the aside; whose mind
is its own fountain, who
From The God by RS Thomas (Mass for Hard Times, 1992)
Some news from Sarum College for when you get a chance to put your feet up...
Farewells and welcomes featured highly in 2019, especially with the academic staff as people retired and relocated. Dr Jayme Reaves was appointed a year ago as Coordinator for both short courses programme and the Centre for Encountering the Bible. Dr Karen O’Donnell became coordinator of the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality in January and Dr Jon Morgan joined in August as Coordinator for the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture. Lucky you: they are brimming with ideas for Sarum’s learning programme.
One is example is the new Exploring Theology (successor to the long-running Theology, Quest and Questions) led by Jayme Reaves which started with the Hebrew Bible. Read here why so many are completely devoted to the course already.
In May we had a week of death and of life.
Dom Kenneth OSB (left) of the Benedictine Priory, died a few days after the birth of Dr Beth Dodd's son Nathaniel George Roberts (pictured right with his parents).
Sarum’s Centre for Formation in Ministry (FIM) had enthusiastic endorsements in its Ministry Division review report. Ministry staff say the report shows that the reviewers clearly ‘saw’ Sarum College’s work and those who lead it.
Here's a sample from the draft report:
From an incumbent: 'The Course sits light to different church traditions so the students are better prepared to engage in generous disagreement with each other -- or event change themselves.'
From a placement supervisor: '(Students) have found Sarum a gentle place, with people of deep kindness which enable students to be more confident in their own tradition.'
Alongside our courses we run a busy B&B and conference centre, welcoming diverse groups from all over the world such as The Muslim Institute which held its 11thWinter Gathering in November and will be back in 2020. Another regular coming our way next summer is US-based Discipleship Ministries with a 40-strong group coming for an 11-day Wesley Pilgrimage.
Onwards to 2020 and time to make some sensible plans. Resolutions are notoriously unsuccessful for good and well-known reasons so let Sarum College help you make truly achievable and transformational ones. We have an excellent line-up of January courses for personal development, leadership skills, fun and inspiration: