As I begin my second year (of three) studying theology at Cranmer Hall (Durham), here is a quick update. (If you want to be reminded about what I was up to in my first year, see my previous ‘postcard’.)
Over the summer I had some fascinating placement experiences:
- two weeks based in Leuven (Belgium) visiting the Diocese in Europe. I wrote about this in a separate post: What is the Church of England doing on the continent?
- four weeks on placement in Spennymoor (near Durham), at St Paul’s Church, experiencing something resembling normal parish ministry, and
- two weeks on placement with a mental health chaplain in and around Darlington, learning what it means to be a Christian presence alongside people who are living with mental health problems.
Placements will continue during the autumn and spring terms, and this year I’ll be on placement with a university chaplain.
In terms of my modules for the coming year, here is what I’m expecting:
- Biblical studies (
- Further Biblical Studies
- Christian tradition (
- Topics in Christian Doctrine
Church Growth: Pentecost to Constantine
- Science and Theology
- Independent Learning Project (probably on something theological)
- Ethics (smaller module)
- Church ministry and mission (
- Denominational Ministry (Anglicanism)
- Death and Dying
- Ministerial formation (smaller modules) (
- Pastoral Ministry
- Conflict Transformation
- Reflective Practice
That’s all for now; more to follow in due course!