A CELEBRATION OF 1000 YEARS OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION

Posted on 27 June 2010
As a Visiting Scholar of Sarum College, Stephen was invited to share with former students, teachers, fellows, scholars and friends in the celebration of the 150thAnniversary of what is now known as Sarum College over the last weekend.

Sarum is a college that continued the work of spiritual formation that had already a history on the site going back for many centuries.

The Celebration event included stimulating papers, refreshing fellowship, superb meals (!) and a final thanksgiving service in which well over 500 people filled the Cathedral for the Eucharist at which David Stancliffe, the bishop of Salisbury, presided. Stephen particularly enjoyed some stimulating convesations with fellow celebrants such as Susan Howatch and Prof. G. Lloyd-Jones of Bangor and was involved in discussions as to his further role in the College.

Sarum College encourages people of all faiths and none to meet in a non-threatening atmosphere and to ‘beg to disagree’ in a mutually affirming context. Stephen comments ‘As a conservative evangelical I feel free to ‘argue my corner’ while able to benefit from the freindship and stimulation of the views of others. I love my visits to Sarum.’

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