Sarum College Christmas Card

Happy Christmas from everyone at Sarum College

A few highlights from the year that was and the one ahead…

The year started in the usual way, with a new term of Theology Quest and Questions, MA modules and lunchtime concerts

Principal James Woodward gave his annual overview of lent resources, which will be on 15 January 2019. Also in January we will welcome Bishop Alastair Redfern as the new Chair of Sarum College Trustees and Dr Karen O’Donnell who begins her role as Coordinator of the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality

In February, we have two special public lectures. On Monday 18th, Ruth Valerio (pictured right), director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund on: Just Living: Faith and Community in an Age of Consumerism.

Last year the Ven Stephen Robbins CB gave a lecture to mark the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele and the publication by Anglican army chaplains of the controversial manifesto for post-war church reform, The Church in the Furnace. As part of our partnership with the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies, we will host the centre's first Vann Fellow, Dr Brian Power on 28 February. His 2019 Robbins lecture will be on the myth of the ‘good’ war, details here.

Events in early March put Salisbury in national and international news headlines. Sarum College continues to work with other community leaders to offer visitors ever more reason to come to our beautiful city. 

If the new year brings resolve to energise your sense of vocation, join us for a Taster Day on 23 March for an introduction to postgraduate study programmes; to explore a vocation in ministry, contact Annette Young to organise a visit.  

In 2019 we welcome the artist Mary Flitcroft as Holy Week guide. Mary’s exhibition Stopping Places (pictured left) will serve as the focal point for those on retreat at Sarum before Easter.

May brings Death Awareness week; in 2018 James Woodward ran the Befriending Death course and in 2019 we have Joanna Colicutt and Victoria Slater leading Death and Life: Christian Resources for Living Well in the Light of Mortality. We also will welcome again John Harper who will teach on the Music and Worship module; and give a public evening lecture on 13 May.

In early summer, The Revd Julia Mourant and Canon Dr Jill Hopkinson (previously the National Rural Officer for the Church of England) joined the Centre for Formation in Ministry.

Alongside her duties as tutor in Spiritual Formation and Biblical Studies, Julia will continue to lead the Sarum Course in Spiritual Direction and offer spiritual direction, supervision, vocational coaching and retreats.

Meanwhile Jill is busy developing Sarum’s Rural Training Pathway, the only course in the Church of England which specifically trains people for the challenges of ordained ministry in the countryside. 

At the end of June we gave a heavy-hearted farewell to Brother Patrick who returned to California to re-join the De La Salle Brothers there. We miss his calm, generous and learned presence in College and will raise a glass to his good health during the summer wine tasting on 21 June.

In September we held the final Niblett Lecture with Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis charity. We are grateful to the Niblett family for supporting this legacy lecture on faith and work.

October is an especially book-themed month with National Libraries Week and the Salisbury Literary Festival.

Sarum College Library, along with the Salisbury Cathedral Library, has embarked on a project to catalogue and clean our old and rare books. Trained volunteers come in each week to restore books in our collection dated from the 15th century. 

The 2018 Salisbury Literary Festival had an expanded programme of events supported by Sarum College Bookshop. The 2019 festival will be held 18-20 October. 

In November we begin to think about the Advent season with a resources session and an Individually Guided Retreat on the theme. The 2019 Resources for a Good Advent will be on 7 November. 

Later in the month we welcome groups for their Christmas lunch parties, and this goes on through December of course.

If you are planning a function or just want to come for a meal, view our menus and get in touch.

In December, we welcomed Dr Jayme Reaves, a biblical scholar and public theologian, who is Coordinator of our Short Courses programme and the Centre for Encountering the Bible.

We also said farewell to Jenny Monds, director of learning resources, known to theological book lovers across the land. 

And just in time for Christmas we took delivery of 100 new chairs thanks to a donor's generous gift. Refectory chairs also need replacing but we'll need to fundraise for those. 

Those are just the highlights! For more information, and to see what's coming up, visit our news page and the website events calendar.

With very best wishes for 2019 from all of us at Sarum College.
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