Education & Training Team:

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar Thomasson-Rosingh

Anne Claar is Academic Tutor. She is Dutch, Remonstrant and a Hebrew Bible specialist. Read more.

What students say

What the Bishops say …

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury"STETS provides high quality ministerial training in a local context. The academic theological offer is excellent and so is the preparation for the life and work of a priest. Those who trained on STETS have a realistic sense of purpose that will serve them and the Church well." 

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership"STETS offers training for lay and ordained ministries that is creative, biblical and mission-focused. As an active member of the South Central Regional Training Partnership, STETS’ programmes are closely linked with the strategic priorities of the dioceses it serves." 

The Rt Revd Jonathan Frost, Bishop of Southampton and Co-Chair of the South Central Regional Training Partnership

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton"It has been good to see how our ordinands grow in confidence, biblically and theologically, during their time at STETS. Training whilst remaining in a work and ministry context gives realism to their theology and their commitment to mission. STETS-trained curates are well-prepared for mission and ministry in a wide variety of contexts." 

The Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking"I have always found STETS to be somewhere that people enjoy training. The balance of distance learning, group work and residential weekends makes it very flexible and there is a good mix of traditions among the staff and ordinands. STETS continues to widen its portfolio of opportunities to train with postgraduate degrees and an increasingly close relationship with Sarum College and its resources. Our clergy who have trained there have always enjoyed the experience and speak warmly of it. I have no hesitation in commending STETS as a good place to prepare for ordained ministry."

The Rt Revd Ian Brackley, Bishop of Dorking

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth"Across the differences of our region and the diversity of students STETS has been a place for respect, development and learning about the creativity of engaging with difference for individual growth and for the good of the Church."

The Rt Revd Christopher Foster, Bishop of Portsmouth

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading"We live in an exciting time of radical change as a society and we need, more than ever, clergy who are trained for the Church-of-the-Future. I think that means clergy who can work together across the traditions, who have a love of good theology and who are not afraid of missional innovation. The programme offered at STETS ticks all those boxes. The quality of training you’ll get here is high: you’ll be stimulated by great teaching; you’ll grow to love the diversity of the Church of England; you’ll learn to read the signs of the times; and you’ll be encouraged not to settle for ‘business as usual’ for the Church of England. I recommend STETS to you without hesitation."

The Rt Revd Andrew Proud, Bishop of Reading

Recently on the STETS blog:

Grace at Christmas

By Paul Burden

Christmas holds grace and gift.

I found again this piece by Paul Tillich where, having spoken about sin as separation, he speaks about God’s freely given grace bridging that separation and meeting us once again.

I read this thinking of the shepherds, of Mary and Joseph, of Magi, Simeon and Anna meeting the baby. I read this praying God’s grace will strike us afresh this Christmas time, and all who we pray for.

 

Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness.

It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life.

It strikes us when we feel that our separation is deeper than usual,

because we have violated another life, a life which we loved,

or from which we were estranged.

It strikes us when our disgust for our own being,

our indifference, our weakness, our hostility,

and our lack of direction and composure have become intolerable to us.

It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear,

when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades,

when despair destroys all joy and courage.

 

Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness,

and it is as though a voice were saying:

“You are accepted.

You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you,

and the name of which you do not know.

Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later.

Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much.

Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything.

Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!”

 

If that happens to us, we experience grace.

After such an experience we may not be better than before,

and we may not believe more than before.

But everything is transformed.

In that moment, grace conquers sin,

and reconciliation bridges the gulf of estrangement.

And nothing is demanded of this experience,

no religious or moral or intellectual presupposition,

nothing but acceptance.

 

Paul Tillich, 1955 The Shaking of the Foundations

Where are they now?

Revd Richard Kirlew is currently Rural Life Adviser for Swansea & Brecon Diocese.

What he most liked about STETS was that 'it was a huge family which enabled me to study effectively. The support and encouragement, which was always there, was superb. STETS encouraged me to think 'outside the box'; which is essential in the type of ministry I’m now engaged in.'

Find out more about other former STETS students.

Practice-Based Training

STETS now has an extra Practice-Based Training route. This offers you greater opportunity to bring together practice and theology and to do ‘reflection in action’.

Students are rooted and immersed in a local, but unfamiliar, church context and gain first-hand experience of a wider range of ministry- and mission-practice. More …

Listen to ‘Calm in the Close’

We have just released a unique forty-minute recording of Salisbury Cathedral Close at dawn, which offers a rare chance to experience profound calm.

At a time of day when the Cathedral Close is shut off from the outside world and undisturbed, all that can be heard are the sounds of birds and, occasionally, the cathedral bells. Read more and listen here.