Coronavirus and Holding It All Together

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By Chris Chapman, Tutor in Christian Spirituality   Coranavirus has come amongst us, and we are in a state of shock. For a moment we feel we have adjusted, but then another news item, a further restriction on movement, or the realization of just how much change we are dealing with sweeps us off our feet again. How do you adjust when what you are adjusting to keeps moving? It reminds me of going swimming in Whitstable, close to where I live. I feel comfortable swimming just so far out, so though I have freedom…

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Live Streaming on Facebook

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We are now streaming morning prayer (9am) and Compline (9pm) and a Midday Meditation from Malling each day during the Corona Virus pandemic, which has forced the closure of the College buildings at both West Malling and Southwark – all teaching has gone online.  Please do join us at on our Facebook page we’d love to see you there

Still Welcoming Your Enquiries

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If you have an interest in St Augustine’s, considering a programme of study here, or if your Director of Ordinands has encouraged you to check us out, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the interests of our health and yours, we have moved our classes and other contacts online until COVID-19 is no longer a danger. In place of face-to-face contact, we shall arrange meetings online via FaceTime or Skype, give you an opportunity to experience an online class, as well as access online videos, etc., and also speak to current students over the…

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An Important Announcement

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We are currently following measures designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. From now on, our teaching will move online and all students and staff should consult ‘Moodle’ to find more information (log in at the bottom of this page). For anyone interested in learning about the college or thinking about applying to study here, please see the notice, “Still Open for Enquirers.” Be wise, do all you can to stay well, help others where you can, and keep in prayer.

A Monastic Lent – For Everyone?

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There may be some outside our walls who imagine that we waft around on a cloud of prayer all day and do little else, but those who know us better will be aware that life ‘inside’ can be fairly rigorous and certainly relentless. I can remember in my very early years here going to the Abbess before one Lent and saying, “I’m not sure what else there is to ‘give up’”! That’s how it felt then and was an expression of my inexperienced understanding of what Lent was all about. To regard Lent as primarily…

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Reflections on Lent

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This Lent we’ve asked a number of busy friends to reveal their thoughts and feelings about Lent, and reflect on their efforts to keep a ‘godly season of penitence and preparation.’ Our first contributor is James Hollingsworth, who has found a rather carnivorous way through the process. https://staugustinescollege.ac.uk/meditations-for-lent/

Paula Gooder at St Augustine’s, 17th October 2020

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We are pleased to announce that Paula Gooder, Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral, has agreed to give an address at our next celebration of awards event. Furthermore, we have changed the format of this annual event, seeking to make it attractive to the whole College community – including new and continuing students as well as recent graduates, and indeed staff. In addition to the handing out of certificates to graduates, future events will feature an address by a senior speaker, a formal welcome by the Principal to all newly arrived students and will close…

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I’m back!

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Welcome to the new term and the beginning of 2020. My sabbatical has ended and I am no longer a hallucination: the man you saw who wasn’t there. Returning to my fully embodied state feels pretty good and I’m looking forward to meeting those I haven’t met and catching up with everyone else. I’ve spent the past few months writing about evil and trying to calm the boisterous heart of a new family member. Albert is a fawn Great Dane that I hope you’ll get to meet sooner or later. Like all Great Danes, Albert…

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Taster Fridays

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You can attend all or part of these West Malling Friday teaching days, sitting in on classes, meeting with staff, attending Chapel worship and chatting with students over lunch. This is a great way of getting a feel for what we do and how you might flourish at the college.  In the spring term you are welcome to come along to Church History; Christian Doctrine; New Testament Studies; and Further Old Testament Studies (MA level)

New MA Module: Spiritual Direction

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This is a new MA module at St Augustine’s, which will aim at deepening the understanding of spiritual direction (rather than training spiritual directors as such). It is intended for those new to and interested in this form of ministry as well as for existing spiritual directors. The former will undertake the module as a ‘taster’, whereas those trained and already working as directors will take the module to deepen their knowledge and experience of spiritual direction. NB: this module was originally scheduled for the Summer Term, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic has been…

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