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Biblical Languages for Everyone

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Beginning in the Autumn, St Augustine’s will provide classes in New Testament Greek and Biblical Hebrew. You don’t need to be a registered student to join these courses, they are open to all. Held at the St Benedict’s Centre, Malling Abbey, classes will run every Friday for two ten week terms, with a break for ‘half-term’. If you are interested, please contact the office at office@staugustinescollege.ac.uk or call us on 01732 252656. Dates and Times: New Testament Greek (introductory): 9:15 to 10:15am Fridays Term 1: Friday 29th September to 8th December (half-term, 27th October) Term…

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Don’t Forget We’re Still Here…

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Summertime has arrived, so, as the song says, “the livin’ is easy.” Not altogether accurate, of course, since over the next few weeks St Augustine’s office at Malling is open, as is the library. Holidays take some of us away some of the time but one or two of the staff will always remain to keep the place going. If you have a hour or two, then, please come and visit. Browse the library, read in the grounds, pray in the chapel, study in the Guest House, or talk to the teddy bears in my…

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Ordination Sermon, Canterbury Priesting, July 1st, 2017

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Drive out of New Orleans first thing on a Sunday morning after the town’s had a frisky night, and you learn that depravity isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds. Suzy and I, three children on the back seat, passed through the French Quarter, getting an early start home after a day in the Bayou among more mosquitoes than I had skin to feed. Now the dawn light curdled on the streets in a bilious yellow. A young guy in pink trousers and a torn shirt sorted a stack of dollar bills, flattening them…

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New Tutor in Mission for St Augustine’s

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We are delighted to announce that we have a new member of the core teaching staff. On September 1st, the Rev. Dr. John Seymour will begin his work as Tutor in Mission and Contextual Theology. Over the past few years, Mission has moved into the core of our curriculum and of our formational vision at St Augustine’s. We looked, therefore, for a inspiring teacher, able to tackle the breadth of missional theology and practice today and to enable our students to develop their own thinking and committment in this essential and apostolic calling. During the…

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New Library now open!

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Our librarian, Rosie Irvine, and a number of volunteers over the past weeks have been getting the Mother Agnes Mason Library ready for work.  There is still lots to do but the library is up and running, ready for consultation and borrowing.  In addition to our students and alumni, we welcome Clergy and Readers who are engaged in Continuing Ministerial Development, as well as former members of the Magnet Library.  For further information please contact the librarian r.irvine@staugustinescollege.ac.uk.

St Augustine’s Day – 23 May 2017

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On 23 May we shall be celebrating our first St Augustine’s Day.  The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Reverend Martin Warner, will be blessing our new Library, Professor Mike Higton, from Durham University, will speak on “Doctrine in the life of the Church”, and our 2016 leavers will be presented with their certificates.  We begin with a welcome and afternoon tea at 4pm.  Contact us for further details.  

Advent Meditations

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Under ‘Etcetera’ on the main menu above, you’ll find a series of reflections for the Sundays of Advent. Each week, during this first season of the year, one of the St. Augustine’s staff shall post a meditation on the Old Testament lesson for the day. We’ve chosen the Old Testament reading, not only because this is generally the reading least preached on, but also because Advent encourages us to reflect on the entire ‘narrative arc’ of God’s ways and works, from his promises to Israel, through the birth of Jesus, to fulfilment in the “new…

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New Vision for the Magnet Library

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A collaboration by the Mother Agnes Trust and St Augustine’s College of Theology, formally known as SEITE, will allow the Magnet library to be utilised by many more people. St Augustine’s College, which trains ordinands and others in theology, is based at the St Benedict Centre at Malling Abbey. It has been agreed that the library will be moved to a purpose-built location within the Abbey grounds and will be made available to theological students and alumni together with clergy and laity of the dioceses of Chichester, Rochester, Canterbury and Southwark. As well as the…

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A new chapter for non-residential formation in the south east of England

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As we launch our new website, celebrating our new name – St Augustine’s College of Theology – we look to our past as well as our future. Since the foundation of the Southwark Ordination Course in 1959, and through 20 years as SEITE, we have offered an education that is distinctive, thorough, and utterly necessary for the mission of the Church. As St Augustine’s College of Theology, we are maintaining and developing the vision of embedded, contextual formation. What was innovative in 1959 is now familiar, and today non-residential colleges take their place alongside their…

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Science Fiction – driven by wonder

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Science fiction is driven, not by rockets or lasers or robots, but by wonder. The vastness of space, the mystery of the shattered atom, the possibilities of technology—all push the reader to awe-struck questions: what are we, and what will we be, when the secrets are known? The Psalmist stared at the heavens and wondered that too: “What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?” Listen to our Principal, the Rev. Dr Alan Gregory, in conversation with David Grubbs for Christian Humanist, talking about his award-winning book: Science Fiction Theology: Beauty and the Transformation of…

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