The Society of the Sacred Mission has, from its foundation, been involved in theological education, with a particular focus on widening access for people without prior academic qualifications. Today, St Antony’s is seeking to be true to those foundational principles, whilst at the same time also relating to our contemporary context. Consequently we will be developing and delivering a number of courses and programmes that variously aim to encourage people to explore and go deeper, both intellectually and experientially.
Exploring Spiritual Accompaniment
St Antony’s has been involved in training and providing spiritual directors for over 15 years. This introductory course offers training in the skills and practice of accompanying people on their faith journey. It also provides an opportunity for participants to work on their own personal and spiritual development. In addition, St Antony’s provides on-going peer support and mentoring for those who complete the course and go on to offer a ministry of spiritual accompaniment.
The Study of Spirituality
This programme is currently in the early stages of development, but it is envisaged as a one-year broad-based, accessible and practical foundation course, aimed at people who wish to explore and go deeper into the theory and practice of spirituality, looking at a variety of different spiritual traditions, contexts and disciplines.
Various other courses and programmes may also be developed, which might include workshops in prayer and meditation and training for meditation facilitators, as well as quiet days, workshops, seminars and one-off speaker events.
It is hoped that the library facilities at St Antony’s will be extensively developed to create a specialist working library for the study of spirituality, designed to support the provision of all the courses and activities that we offer.
This will become a resource for the study of spirituality across the region, and in partnership with other facilities and resources in theological education.
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