ITIA Sacred Music MLitt Launches

We are very pleased to share that our new MLitt in Sacred Music has launched and we are accepting applications for Fall 2020 entry.

The MLitt in Sacred Music offers a unique interdisciplinary formation in Sacred Music for musicians, scholars, and leaders in artistic ministry.

It is taught jointly by the School of Divinity’s Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) and the University of St Andrews Music Centre.

For more information, see the following links:

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New Undergraduate Module, Saints and Cyborgs, at St. Mary’s School of Divinity Starts this Term

This fall, Dr.  Rebekah Lamb and Dr. Joanna Leidenhag will be teaching a new, interdisciplinary module they have co-designed for St. Andrews sub-honours students. This collaboration brings St. Marys’ Science-Engaged Theology and ITIA research to undergraduate education, covering a wide-range of disciplines, including physics, psychology, literature, film studies, metaphysics, Christian doctrine, intellectual history and aesthetics.

DI2009,  Saints and Cyborgs: The Imagination in Theology and Science introduces students to the study of science and theology, as expressed within the arts. This module is especially organised around theological and scientific ideas of what it means to be human, particularly as imagined in different artistic forms. From Aeschylus’s Prometheus Unbound to George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, with Julian of Norwich, Dante, Mary Shelley, Alister McGrath and Marshall McLuhan in between, the module engages with key questions concerning humanity’s place within the cosmos and our relationship to the divine, technology and everyday life and living.

ITIA TheoArtistry Student Researchers Reflect on the Arts and Theological Insights

With a new academic year beginning in ITIA, TheoArtistry researchers Mariah, Marjorie, and Michael consider how poetry, visual art, and photography have helped them to shape new theological insights.

Can a photographer take a snapshot of wonder? And how does creative collaboration deepen the artist-theologian’s awareness of self and others?

Check out the link, here, to read on!

Dr. Rebekah Lamb will talk on John-Henry Newman and Spiritual Ecology at Lancaster University

On Thursday, 19th of September, Dr. Rebekah Lamb will be speaking on Newman’s Idea of History as Spiritual Ecology at the Ecology and Religion in Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, a flightless, multi-site, interdisciplinary conference hosted by Baylor University, Georgetown University, Lancaster University and the University of Washington. Conference details can be found , here.

ITIA Post-Graduates at Conference on Theology and the Arts (Cambridge University)

Our ITIA postgraduates are often traveling within the UK and far beyond, sharing their research at conferences, workshops and other events. We are delighted to spotlight five of ITIA’s students who recently took part in the ‘Theology, Creativity and the Arts’ Postgraduate Study Day, hosted by the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology at the University of Cambridge.

Participants and paper titles are as follows:

Annemarie G. Konzelman, ‘Long Play Liturgies: Capacious Forms and Religious Experience in The 1975’s Sophomore Album’

Sarah Moerman, ‘Reclaiming ‘Spirituality’: John Adams’ Agnostic Approach in Gospel According to the Other Mary

Ashley Mowers,  ”A People and Their Stories’: A Style Analysis and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints

Jen Schmidt, ‘The Discipline of Interdisciplinarity’

Mariah Ziemer, ‘Colour, Perception and the Hue of Heaven’

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Transept at St Andrews Theology and Trauma Conference

Transept was a co-sponsor of, and contributed artwork to, the 2019 Theology and Trauma conference at the University of St Andrews. Other sponsors included the LOGOS Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology here at St. Mary’s.

This conference took place between 12-13 of July 2019 at Holy Trinity in St Andrews and was free for all registrants.

Further details regarding the conference can be found here.

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Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century

Dr. George Corbett has published a collaborative volume, titled Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century, which recently grew out of ITIA’s Theo-Artistry Project. 

A major work on sacred music, composition, biblical studies, and religious experience, Annunciationsprovides an indispensable resource for scholars and artists working at the interface between theology and the arts, and for those involved in sacred music […] It will also be of interest to anyone concerned with the ways in which the Divine communicates through word and artistry to humanity.”


Excerpt from Annunciation’s Abstract:

“Our contemporary culture is communicating ever-increasingly through the visual, through film, and through music. This makes it ever more urgent for theologians to explore the resources of art for enriching our understanding and experience of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century answers this need, evaluating the relationship between the sacred and the composition, performance, and appreciation of music.

Through the theme of ‘annunciations’, this volume interrogates how, when, why, through and to whom God communicates in the Old and New Testaments. In doing so, it tackles the intimate relationship between Scriptural reflection and musical practice in the past, its present condition, and what the future might hold.Annunciations comprises three parts. Part I sets out flexible theological and compositional frameworks for a constructive relationship between the sacred and music. Part II presents the reflections of theologians and composers involved in collaborating on new pieces of sacred choral music, alongside the six new scores and links to the recordings. Part III considers the reality of programming and performing sacred works today.”


Review from Dr Jeremy Thurlow, University of Cambridge:

“This fascinating volume draws together contributions from a wide range of theologians and practising musicians to consider the ways that theology and belief can interact with the practice and appreciation of music, to mutually invigorating effect. It is an impressive and exciting achievement and I am sure it will be read eagerly by all those for whom music can illuminate the sacred.”

For an interview with Dr. George Corbett on the volume, see the following link with OpenBook Publishers, here.


Publication details

Corbett, George (ed.). Annunciations: Sacred Music for the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2019), 392 pp.

ISBN (Electronic): 9781783747283, 9781783747290, 9781783747306, 9781783747313
ISBN (Print): 9781783747269, 9781783747276

The volume is available in hardback, paperback and open book formats.


You may also be interested in the following resources:
Introduction to TheoArtistryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow5sumd_DrI
CD launch: Annunciations: Sacred Music for the 21st Century: https://vimeo.com/275786342

space()between | Transept Exhibition for Holy Week 2019

During Holy Week 2019 (14 – 18 April), Transept organised and put on a multi-format art exhibition, with emphasis on Holy Saturday as it serves as the “threshold between Good Friday which marks Jesus’ execution, and Easter Sunday which brings the hope of Resurrection.”

The following links, covering aspects of the Exhibition, may be of interest:

‘Art Exhibition Focuses on Mystery of Easter’

Reflections on ‘space()between’ with ITIA artist-in-residence, Dan Drage, and St Andrews artist, Letizia Morley.

Ewan Bowlby’s article, ‘Fragile Forms–Reflections on space()between and the Art of Holy Saturday’ for Transpositions.

Performance programme can be accessed here.