November & December Courses and Events Newsletter
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Sarum Centre for Leadership Learning

Leadership Seminar with David Hurst
Just announcedLeadership Seminar with David Hurst 
Monday 14 November, £15 (£10 for MACAL students)
Thanks to a quick diversion on the road to Vienna for the Drucker Forum, business consultant, teacher, and writer David Hurst will be at Sarum to share his unique knowledge of organisations – their function and their failure. Hurst covers theory and practice, with 25 years as an operating manager, often in crises and turnaround conditions, to draw upon.  
Change and Conflict Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December, N £300; R £460
Critically examine theoretical and practical aspects of change and conflict through a number of disciplines, especially theology, ecology, psychology and complexity theory.

Sarum Centre for Contemporary Spirituality

Introduction to English Mystics
Introduction to English Mystics
Saturday 5 November, £50
A day to explore our English mystical heritage and reflect on whether the spiritual concerns of our predecessors are relevant for us today.
Befriending Death? The Spiritual Dimension of Loss and Change
Wednesday 16 November, £50
Now fully booked. Email us if you'd like advance notice of similar courses.
Mindfulness and Meditative Prayer
Mindfulness and Meditative Prayer
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November, N £150; R £210
A weekend on how various Christian contemplative prayer traditions have historically cultivated the values of a mindful presence, compassion, and connection with others, together with a uniquely Christian devotion in prayer.
Day of Spiritual Reflection: Christ Child
Day of Spiritual Reflection: Christ Child
Friday 25 November, £50
A day of spiritual reflection with Mike Chapman’s Christ Child sculpture in St Martin's in the Field leading us into Advent.
Can These Bones Live? Pioneering Mission in Post-Christian Britain
Can These Bones Live? Pioneering Mission in Post-Christian Britain Friday 25 November, £50
Is exile a realistic and fruitful metaphor for the church in our culture? Our exploration of the exile theme begins with the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel.
Make a Scratch on to the Soul
About Soul
Wednesday 30 November, free
Screening and discussion with artist and director Tim Wainwright on his 40-minute film, About Soul. An exploration of people’s ideas of soul, this film is the culmination of a quartet of works about the human elements of mind, body, heart and soul. RSVP to
Embodying Wisdom
Embodying Wisdom Monday 28 November to Thursday 1 December, N £300; R £460
Explore the key philosophical and psychological issues of the last 100 years which have shaped contemporary understandings of spirituality. The module features a talk with Gillian Ahlgren, author of Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila.
Advent Individually Guided Retreat: Draw Close
Advent Individually Guided Retreat: Draw Close
Monday 12 to Thursday 15 December, £360
The start of the Christian year is an ideal opportunity to stop and take some deep breaths. This retreat begins and closes with shared prayer and reflection and offers individual time with the retreat leader.

Sarum Centre for Theology, Imagination & Culture

This Train is Bound for Glory? American Dreams Then and Now
This Train is Bound for Glory? American Dreams Then and Now Tuesday 8 November, £50
The American election campaign is once again throwing into sharp relief the differing self-identities in that vast country. We will explore these historically, theologically and musically through the image of the train.
Theology Quest and Questions
Tuesday evenings, £6 per session
This series of lectures aims to open the study of Christian theology to those who want to know what they believe, why they believe it, and whether they should keep on believing it.
•  God and Creation 8 November
•  God and Humankind: Made in the Image of God 15 November
•  God and Humankind: The Fractured Image 22 November
•  Theology Through Art 29 November
Text, Interpretation and Imagination
Text, Interpretation and Imagination
Monday 5 to Thursday 8 December, N £300; R £460
The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination. How do these inform, and how are they informed by, human creativity?

Sarum Centre for Human Flourishing

Sing Gregorian Chant
Sing Gregorian Chant
Saturday 5 November, £50
An entertaining, informative and friendly day structured around the monastic hour services. Open to all – singers and those afraid to sing but fascinated by the idea of the chant and its cultural history.
Great Grandmothers of Jesus (Part Two)
Thursday 24 November, £50
Now fully booked. Email us if you'd like advance notice of similar courses.
Lunchtime Concerts
These once-monthly Friday concerts are held in the College's Butterfield Chapel and are followed by a light buffet lunch (included in the ticket price).
£11 per concert or £50 for the series of the six
•  Nadav Hertzka (pictured right) 11 November
•  Musicke in the Ayre (Din Ghani, Philippa Neaverson and Jane Hunt) 2 December
Paint Me This Way: Exhibition Open Evening
Paint Me This Way: Exhibition Open Evening
Friday 11 November at 6pm, free
Artist, art therapist and researcher Dr Susan Carr presents more than 30 painted portraits co-designed with patients living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. For Susan, portraiture is a way of knowing and being when severe illness disrupts a person’s sense of identity. RSVP to
Remembering God: Faith in a Time of Dementia
Saturday 12 November, £50
Most of us have an experience of dementia in a relative or friend. So how can church communities continue to include and support people with dementia and their carers? And what can they teach us about God, salvation and the Christian life?
A Thousand Years of Christmas
A Thousand Years of Christmas
Friday 9 December, £12
Get in the Christmas spirit with an enchanting evening of song and verse with Archbishop Rowan Williams, Sally Bradshaw and Mark Etherington. The evening distils a captivating Christmas atmosphere and covers all the moods of Christmas from mediaeval mysticism to a hangover!

Sarum Centre for Encountering the Bible

Biblical Study Break: Revisiting the Riddles of the Gospel of Matthew
Revisiting the Riddles of the Gospel of Matthew
Monday 7 to Thursday 10 November, N £225; R £380
A gospel that can scale the heights of theological wisdom and at the same time seem to descend to a low level of judgmental bitterness in its treatment of Jews and Judaism has to pose challenges for all who make it the focus of a year’s reflection and worship.
Ventures in Faith
Ventures in Faith
Fortnightly Monday evenings, £3 per session
For the 16 to 30 age group, this series is for those who want to know more about the Christian faith; learn to ask the right sort of questions; think for themselves about God; understand the bible better and explore where faith may lead.
•  Creation and Evolution: Where Does it All Begin? 14 November
•  Why Are Fewer and Fewer People Going to Church? 28 November
•  Can We Know What is True? 12 December

Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry

Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality
Growing Together in Christ: Worship and Spirituality
Saturday 26 November, £50
An introduction to some principal Christian traditions of personal and corporate spirituality. We will concentrate on major biblical, historical and liturgical foundations, looking at their development and contribution to Christian spirituality.
Human Identity: Theology, Vocation and Professional Practice Saturday 26 November, £50
A look at our own, and others’ identity, personality and vocation. We will consider how to be good listeners of other people’s and God’s stories, and through those encourage theological reflection on our own stories.

Bookshop and Library

The Sarum College Bookshop November Bulletin includes the reviewed book of the month (Lighted Windows by Margaret Silf), Advent resources and details of new books hitting the shelves. Click here to read online or here to subscribe.
The Little Book of Prayer Experiments
The Little Book of Prayer Experiments
Monday 14 November at 6.30pm, tickets £3
An evening with vicar, historian and writer Miranda Threlfall-Holmes who will be talking about her new book The Little Book of Prayer Experiments. Tickets available from Sarum College Bookshop.
Stepping Into Grace
Stepping Into Grace
Friday 25 November at 4pm, free
Talk and book launch with Poole-based pioneer minister Paul Bradbury. Bradbury is the author of Sowing in Tears: How to Lament in a Church of Praise and Life from Death Emerging. RSVP 
Enkindling Love
Wednesday 30 November at 5pm, free
Evening talk with Gillian Ahlgren, author of Enkindling Love: The Legacy of Teresa of Avila. Ahlgren is professor of theology at Xavier University, USA, and the founding director of the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice. RSVP

Looking Ahead

•  Contemplation and Photography 21 to 22 January
•  Evelyn Underhill and Mysticism 28 January
•  Selling God: Branding, Visual Identity and Faith 3 February
•  The Holy Spirit in Feminist Theology 7 February
•  Children in Liturgy 10 February
•  The Tenant 10 February
•  Exploring Churches in Britain and Europe Begins 23 February
•  Preaching the Atonement 28 February to 1 March
•  The Psalms as Resource in the Work of Spiritual Direction 2 March
•  Day of Spiritual Reflection: Angel of the North 3 March
•  Disability: Theology and Practice 3 March

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