Many people today cannot accept the moral and religious certainties of earlier times. Traditional religious practices, church service and styles of prayer may seem inadequate, old-fashioned or outmoded.

 Yet despite this questioning and rejection of traditional answers, it is clear that many people are asking urgent and searching questions about their lives. They want to make sense of what is happening in the world – to individuals, to society, and to the planet.

Sarum College seeks to respond to the search for spirituality which is one of the most striking aspects of our contemporary society and is vitally important to the life of the church, to the enrichment of theology, to ecumenism, to interfaith understanding and to discussion about public values.

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Dissertations 2016-17

Here you will find general information for all Spirituality Students and email forums you can use to contact each other

This module introduces students to the study of spirituality through the medium of different classic spiritual traditions.

This module introduces students to contemporary approaches to the study of spirituality through theological, philosophical, psychological, political and aesthetic methodologies.  An over-arching theme is the investigation of understandings of spirituality in the 'modern' and 'post-modern' context.

Examination of the relationship between Christian spirituality and art in historical, cultural and theological perspectives. Students will be encouraged to develop their own aesthetic and spiritual awareness. The module also highlights the place of art in Christian worship and the life of the church.

This course explores some basic themes in Celtic spirituality and considers the historical background against which they were set. It investigates how the Celtic peoples viewed the world around them, as well as interpreting what that vision can mean for us today.

The search for ‘spirituality’ is one of the most striking aspects of our contemporary Western culture. Many people seek greater spiritual depth to their lives within a secular, materialist and postmodern culture and frequently this does not involve an institutional religious commitment. At the same time, the word ‘spirituality’ is increasingly used in discussions about public life, for example, in education, healthcare or business. Contemporary debates about the nature of spirituality thus offer an important point of contact between people of different faith traditions and between sacred and secular worldviews. This module explores expressions of spirituality in contemporary society through a variety of different disciplinary approaches and seeks to bring Christian spirituality into a fruitful dialogue with non-Christian perspectives.

In 2018 this module is drafted to include most of the following: examine the idea of 'wisdom' for spirituality and in Jewish and Christian thought in particular; examine the core of the Greek philosophical tradition of Plato and how this has helped carry Christianity (and western culture); ask how far the Platonising traditions are salvageable today; seek the continuing relevance today of the language of 'the soul' – including in contemporary psychoanalysis and psychotherapy; consider the body as a philosophical, theological and spiritual site, including the gendered body; examine the character of language in relation to spiritual life; consider the travails of the traditional Christian category of 'faith'/'belief' in a culture that perhaps prefers 'spirituality'. In mid-October the full programme will be posted.    

This module is co-validated with the MA in Christian Liturgy.  Click here to go to the Liturgy and Spirituality course page

This Module is co-validated with the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture.  Find the link to the Mass Culture module here

This module examines the politics and cultural movements that affected the development of Christian spirituality during the medieval period. It considers the role of women in the period and assesses the impact of the Crusades on the development of relationships with Islam.

An exploration of the nature of Christian ministry, broadly defined. This module addresses some central issues in pastoral ministry such as: faith development, ageing, and death and dying. Students are introduced to a variety of forms and traditions of spiritual guidance in the Christian tradition.

This module is co-validated with the MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture.  Click here to go to the Relocating Religion course page.

This module will acquaint students with the methodological tools required for an academic examination of the interface between sexuality and spirituality and considers the historical, theological and psychological background required for such a study. It investigates how sexuality has been viewed in the Christian tradition; how these attitudes inform Christian spirituality today; and how Christian spirituality can respond to the contemporary issues of gender and sexuality.

An exploration of the riches of Western Christian Mystical Tradition. The course begins by looking at the foundations of the tradition and moves on to consider the English Mystics, the Rhineland Mystics and the Spanish Mystics.