Week 6: From lockdown to retreat

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This week Chris Chapman will help us reflect on any movements of the Spirit as we look forward to Pentecost. As the retreat enters its final days a useful question to ask is ‘what is beginning?’ Francis of Assisi experienced seeds of new beginnings falling into the brokenness of his life. Might it be the same for us?  Chris is an Associate Tutor for St. Augustine’s. He is the author of Seeing in the Dark, Earthed in God and Send my Roots Rain: Refreshing the spiritual life of priests, and a guest director for individually…

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Meet the tutor: Natasha

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Natasha Natasha Klukach joined the St Augustine’s teaching staff in 2020. We asked her to tell us a little about herself and what teaching at St Augustine’s College of Theology means to her. A bit about me I’m Canadian and British, my mum having emigrated to Canada, and my Dad being Ukrainian and Belarusian, so you could say that diversity is part of my identity. The bringing together of different cultures and denominations is really important to me. After university in Toronto and Kingston (Ontario), I worked at the National Office of the Anglican Council…

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Mark’s story

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Mark is an ordinand based in Chelmsford Diocese and studying part-time at West Malling Abbey, St Augustine’s College of Theology. We asked him to tell us a bit about himself, and what being a student here means to him. A bit about me I felt called to ministry from a young age, even though I didn’t know exactly what that meant. I have a Pentecostal background, and I’ve always been passionate about sharing my faith and going to church. I was part of the youth leadership team for my church for many years, with 130…

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Delorine’s story

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I had already walked away from a full-time job to become a carer for one of my children, who has a disability. I did look at residential training, but my daughter was preparing for GCSEs so I didn’t want to uproot the family. At St Augustine’s, I found a beautiful place with amazing staff, and felt immediately embraced and welcomed by everyone see more here.  

Katrina’s story

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When a small voice started calling to me about 20 years ago, I asked a vicar friend whether that voice would ever go away. The answer was, “not any time soon.” In 2017, I was stewarding for ordination services, and that small voice was suddenly shouting incredibly loudly; “THIS is what I’ve been talking to you about.” …  Katrina  

Meet our students: Esther

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Esther is a first-year ordinand based in Surrey and studying full-time at West Malling Abbey. We asked her to tell us a bit about herself, and what being a student here means to her. I’m originally from Barry in South Wales, and grew up with a Pentecostal Baptist church background. I spent some time doing missionary work in Nicaragua, and when I returned to the UK, God gave me the opportunity to move to Surrey to work with young people in an Anglican church. Having never worshipped in the Anglican style it was very new,…

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Biblical Languages at St Augustine’s

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The Italians apparently have a saying which goes something like ‘all translation is treason‘. This is simply because no two languages are ever identical in grammar or underlying structure, so translation is always – necessarily – a matter of interpretation. Access to the biblical languages (Hebrew for the Old Testament, and Greek for the New) is therefore richly rewarding in terms of increased understanding the text. Learning these languages can be hard work, but is always worth the effort.  For further details please see here.  

Week 4 – Turn lockdown into a retreat

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While many of the larger decisions of life have been taken from us at present, others are being thrown into sharper relief. This week Andrew Walker will help us think about discernment. In the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola discernment is about more than making particular choices; at its heart is the development of an open and attentive listening space within. From this place of daily lived dependence on God, we can begin to recognise the invitation of the Spirit, and then respond. Andrew will introduce us to some practical exercises for getting in touch…

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MA with Specialisation in Christian Spirituality

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‘Christian Spirituality’ addresses the heart and substance of faith and practice. Accordingly, this route through our MA programme opens up the traditions of Christian Spirituality as well as its vigorous contemporary forms. Spirituality also connects in multiple relationships with other aspects of Christian theology. Your MA programme will help you integrate your understanding of spirituality with doctrine and ethics, Biblical studies, worship, psychology, community life, the arts, and interfaith conversation. Most importantly, perhaps, you will learn to extend the range of your own spiritual practice, and to guide others as they respond to God’s grace…

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Retreat week 3 – Meeting God with uncertainty (available 3 May)

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Eddie Howells will be leading the retreat this week.  Eddie will be reflecting on the kind of uncertainty that lockdown brings and how it affects our spiritual lives, John of the Cross knew what it was like to live in a time of restriction and uncertainty that is imposed rather than chosen. He called it the ‘dark night’. Though we may not consider our own experience of lockdown as a ‘dark night of the soul’ John has some suggestions about how to find God’s presence whenever we’re not in control of our circumstances of what…

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