Learning Zone Calendar

Calendar of events

Regular Events outside the benefice

Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM)
Programme Streams Available Autumn 2017
Are you a lay person? Would you like some input for your existing ministry, or for a developing vocational path? More interested in learning from passionate practitioners and others in ministry than in getting a formal qualification? Want help to see you ministry through a missional lens? Then Bishop’s Commission for Mission could be for you.

BCM is a lay training programme focused on enabling church members to live missionally in every part of their lives, equipping them to live out their vocation to the full. Through participating in the programme we believe God will shape you for your place in his mission.

To qualify for the training programme you will need to be recommended by your incumbent and PCC, who will usually pay your training costs. Once you have successfully completed the programme, you will be commissioned by the Bishop of Winchester for your role.

To find out in more detail what participating this programme might involve, please visit the BCM page on the Diocesan website , or contact me: phil.dykes@winchester.anglican.org 01962-710973 07884-268968.

For an application form or further details please contact Frances Ter Haar (frances.terhaar@winchester.anglican.org)

Sarum College in December

Liturgy and Mission: Mon 4 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 December, 2:00 pm

 The church in the west faces new challenges of maintaining and communicating its identity in what is sometimes referred to as a ‘post-Christian’ society.

In this context the practice of public worship is receiving fresh attention as a means of articulating and embodying the missio Dei, the mission of God. This module will explore how recent developments in scholarship and practice are bringing the two disciplines of liturgical studies and missiology into conversation with one another.

The module will introduce students to different ways of understanding the relationship between mission and liturgy by analysing the implications and theological assumptions of each approach. Reflection on these issues will be encouraged by close attention given to liturgical examples, drawn from contemporary and historical sources, and policy documents of the church and their critics. Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the implications of the material discussed for their own liturgical context.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries
rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800


Text, Interpretation and Imagination: Course Dates: Mon 4 December, 2:00 pm to Thu 7 December, 2:00 pm

The images, stories, myths and teachings of the Bible have served as a foundation for the Western cultural imagination.
The Bible, when read in each new cultural context, both challenges the readers’ cultural assumptions and is challenged by new ways of reading which spring forth from the readers’ distinct perspective. The discipline, art and craft of hermeneutics require that one become sensitive to both the reading of the text and the act of being read by the text.
During this module participants will engage in critical and creative hermeneutics as well as a deeper and closer reading of the Biblical texts themselves, and see how these texts inform, and are informed by human creativity. Students will pursue inter textual analysis and offer the opportunity to make comparisons between different types of text (sacred and otherwise) and be encouraged to explore a variety of original and imaginative interpretations of certain biblical texts.
Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.
Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries
rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800

An Evening of Fun and Stockingfillers

Meet authors Gary Alderson and Rich Wyld and cartoonist Dave Walker for an introduction to their idiosyncratic take on life as we explore Writes of the Church and The World according to Theologygrams.
Monday 11 December at 6.30pm
The former is a collection of letters for the church magazine, where the locals write what they actually think. The writers are odd and aggressive and bicker and complain, the vicar is overworked, but the depth of their love for the church comes through the threats to boycott the church over a tea towel, the obsession over saving money and the complaints that children are allowed into the church during an act of worship. And all illustrated by Dave Walker, who many of you will know from his annual calendars, his own books and his cartoons in the ‘Church Times’.
Gary Alderson has quite a following as @Gerrarrdus on Twitter, and for his blog The Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley, and has an alter ego Archdruid Eileen.  He also has a blog  Writes of the Church.
The World according to Theologygrams follows the very popular Theologygrams and is another look at the world around us and the Christian faith through Rich Wyld’s unique colour diagrams and commentary. Funny, cheeky and genuinely instructive, the books have wide appeal.
Dave Walker comes up with a cartoon for the Church Times every week, and is the author of a number of books on the church (and on cycling). His latest book is How to Avoid the Peace. Buy one of his books and you may get a doodle inside as well as a signature!
This evening is free and open to all, refreshments provided
To book telephone 01722 326899 or email bookshop@sarum.ac.u

Mon 22 January 2018, 2:00 pm to Thu 25 January 2018, 5:00 pm

An introduction to the nature of Spirituality in the Christian tradition from the nineteenth century to the present day.
Students will investigate the proliferation of Christian spiritualities in this period and consider the impact of modernism, post-modernity, feminism and political theology on contemporary conceptions of Christian Spirituality. Students will also investigate the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic responses to Christian Spirituality (in relation to literature, psychology, film etc), and the extent to which they extend the taxonomy of the discipline.

Those not on the MA programme are very welcome to book on this module as an auditor.

Contact Rosemary Nicklen for all booking enquiries
rnicklen@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424827  |  01722 424800 (main reception)


The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls: Art and the City

The Words of the Prophets are Written on the Subway Walls: Art and the City
  • Course Dates: Tue 27 February 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The city attracts some of the most elusive, creative and talented contemporary artists and our city landscapes have become the setting for some of our best known urban art, which is an enduring testimony to how the city both tantalises and torments us.
From Banksy to Shepherd Fairey, JR and Xavier Prou, street art has become some of the most iconic and provocative art of our generation.
Utilising material primarily from Roland Bean’s dissertation on urban theology ‘Imagining Jerusalem and Redeeming Babylon’, together with some insights gleaned from Jacqueline Bean’s research into the ‘dark materials’ of the portraiture of Marlene Dumas, they will examine some of the most iconic street art that both celebrates and questions life in the modern city. They will focus our minds, interactively, on the theological significance of these diverse and fascinating forms of uncurated, urban art.
Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)