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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Thank you Phillip Dawson for Morning Prayer today!

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Philip lead virtual Morning Prayer on St Augustine’s Facebook page today using images of Christ made up of the college’s Facebook followers, based on work by artists around the world.  To see the whole fabulous service see link.  

Week 2: Turn Lockdown into a Retreat (available 26th April)

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Connecting with God and one another in a time of disconnection. This week Gemma Simmonds will explore how we might begin to add meaning to troubled times, helped by the writings of Julian of Norwich.   Gemma is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus and a senior lecturer in pastoral theology based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge where she is director of the Religious Life Institute. Register here for the 6 week on-line retreat.

Thinking about studying theology but not sure this is for you…?

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Then join us for our taster module.  Theology will get inside you and stir you up! If you want to live your Christian faith with renewed energy and understanding, then studying theology is the way to go. At St Augustine’s, we believe we should make theological learning as accessible as possible. If that excites you, sign up for our ‘Introduction to Biblical Studies’ ‘taster’ module. For the special price of £125, you’ll receive a term’s worth of theological education at undergraduate level. And that, as they say, is a steal.   Many of our ‘taster’…

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Turn Lockdown to retreat – online course

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When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them. John 20.19 This Coronavirus season has disturbed us out of familiar routines, rearranged our calendars and introduced uncertainty into our lives. We are more aware of our vulnerability. And, perhaps surprisingly, we are also more alive to new possibilities. It’s as if we have joined a retreat none of us planned for.  What is God’s invitation to us…

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