Today is Valentine’s day. Saint Valentine, a 3rd century martyr, is patron of lovers and happy marriages celebrated in our society with chocolate, flowers and cards. I imagine that since the 3rd century our idea of a ‘happy marriage’ and ‘love’ has changed significantly as have our ways of celebrating. But some things do not change. In the bible one of the Hebrew words for love is ‘hesed’. A notoriously difficult word to translate because it covers a different range of meanings than our various words for love. If you are reading the Psalms you stumble on ‘steadfast love’ or ‘goodness’ or ‘loving kindness’ it might all be ‘hesed’. A Dutch bible translator, Pieter Oussoren, translates ‘friendship’. The refrain of Ps.118 is: ‘Yes, for ever is his friendship’ and Ps 36: 7 ‘How precious is your friendship, O God!’ Friendship is what I will celebrate today in my marriage and in all those other relationships not forgetting friendship with God. Something St. Valentine might recognise.
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What students say
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.
Where are they now?
Clive Case is currently Senior Chaplain at Charterhouse School.
What he most liked about STETS was that 'it opened me to a wider range of churchmanship and helped me engage with issues and questions that I might have otherwise not have. It also forced me to manage time efficiently since I had my job to cope with whilst studying. I was impressed by the mixture of denominations and approaches to Christianity, and opportunities to question and engage with other students. The academic challenges gave me the opportunity to further my own journey of faith.'
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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 …