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In praise of Evensong

In praise of Evensong

This is an illuminating, thoughtful and carefully researched book that holds history, theology, spirituality and mission in skilful synergy ! Its focus is Choral Evensong – one of our national treasures – and these ten chapters celebrate its place in our Anglican ecology. It combines scholarship with nourishing insight. Although an easy read and short ( 128 pages) the book is littered with post -it markers indicating places that this reader will return to for further reflection. Simon Reynolds is…

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What shapes Faith ?

What shapes Faith ?

This is a gentle, modest and humane book by one of the leading theologians in the UK today. It absorbed a Sunday and stimulated, encouraged and challenged. The flow of the book is hugely helped by the careful fluency of the text and its skilled organisation of themes, ideas and influences. In particular the memoir deals with the intellectual relationship between science and religion. it maps the journey from Northern Ireland to Oxford and a conversion to faith. It is…

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Send my Roots Rain : A Poetry Retreat

Send my Roots Rain : A Poetry Retreat

Sarum College seeks to offer space and learning to nourish the human spirit. As we find our way out of lockdown we shall need time, refreshment, space and (perhaps) words to help us fathom the ambiguities and paradoxes of these days. We are glad to sponsor this event with a wonderful group of creative reflectors – including three of our visiting scholars ( Padraig O Tuama, Rachel Mann and Mark Oakley). Do carve out some time for yourself and join…

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Stonehenge – Story & Power

Stonehenge – Story & Power

The happy appearance of uninterrupted Sun last Sunday took me off to Stonehenge. It was my first visit – despite living here since 2015 – though I had glimpsed the stones on car journeys. An early ticket and an intriguing walk through woods  and fields was a reminder of the glory of Salisbury Plain and the gift of horizons in Wiltshire. I was not disappointed. Bathed in sunshine the scale of these stones and their context was awesome. Slowly the…

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Leadership Learning at Sarum College

Leadership Learning at Sarum College

Learning for Leadership “Real leadership is about getting alongside people and helping them achieve things themselves.” The Revd Becky Roberts grew up in a church family in the Diocese, at St Mary’s, West Moors. She is now the vicar of Harnham in Salisbury. “I was an altar server from the age of 11. Before the service began, we had to spend 20 minutes in silent prayer. That’s where I learned to listen for God. “I knew by the time I…

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Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry (Reviewing Becoming a Reverend)

Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry (Reviewing Becoming a Reverend)

There persists a certain curiosity about clergy with some fixed stereotypes about what kind of people we are or should be. The language, structure and culture of ‘Church’ remains persistently inaccessible and sometimes just incomprehensible. Matt Woodcock is a wise, honest, amusing and candid writer who puts all of his journalistic experience to work in this readable and grounded book. At Sarum College where we have the privilege of forming a new generation of women and men for ministry we…

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