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NEWS - Prideaux Lectures Exeter 2nd & 3rd May 7pm. Free! For details see here.

NEWS - The Course is deeply saddened to hear of the recent unexpected death of Naomi Sourbut, daughter of our former tutor Philip and our prayers are with all the family. The funeral service will be on Thursday 20th April at 3:30 in Exeter cathedral.

NEWS - The Principal has launched his new project ‘How can congregations be helped in times of tragedy?’ Details can be found at

NEWS - Christopher Southgate will be launching his new poetry book ‘Rain falling by the River; new and selected poems of the spirit’ (Canterbury Press) with Richard Skinner on Thursday May 11th at 7pm St Stephens church, Exeter High Street. All welcome, admission free.

NEWS - We are delighted to announce that the 2018 SWMTC Course Lecture will be given by the Revd Dr Harriet Harris, Chaplain at the University of Edinburgh. Harriet is well-known in the region from her former role in the Theology Dept at the University of Exeter, as well as her distinguished theological writings.

NEWS - From March 3-5 our first year ordinands were on our first urban-intensive, in Bristol. We thank those who provided hospitality at Trinity College, also Fr Charles Sutton at All Saints, Clifton, Mohammed Nassir at the Qu'ranic Academy, the Revd Liz Perry and her colleagues at St Agnes Church in St Paul's, and Pastor Steve and his team at the Elim Pentecostal Church E5. At every place we were received with great kindness and offered depth of insight, conveyed with honesty and kindness, and lots of new things to learn. A real encouragement for which we are most grateful.

NEWS - We welcome as new Trustees the Bishops of Truro, Exeter and Plymouth, and look forward to profiting from their wisdom and expertise. March 17.

NEWS - We are very sorry to hear of the death on Feb 28 of a former student, the Revd Linda Walters, after a long illness bravely borne. We send our sympathy to all those close to her.

NEWS - David Nixon, Dean of Studies, has just finished attending (and helping to organise) a conference in Exeter, with representatives of the Diocese of Bayeux-Lisieux in Normandy, with whom the Diocese of Exeter is twinned. The subject of the ‘Colloque’ was the engagement of the Church with the contemporary world, and speakers including Mgr Jean-Claude Boulanger (Bishop of Bayeux-Lisieux) spoke on subjects ranging from secularisation to relationships with other faiths, especially Islam. For more details, see . Feb 2017.

NEWS - Our Principal, Christopher Southgate, will be taking part in a discussion, chaired by our academic administrator, Cherryl Hunt, on 30th March at Exeter cathedral. Details of this and other science and faith events on Thursdays in Lent can be found on

NEWS - We are very sorry to hear of the death of our former student, the Revd John Higman of Mary Tavy, and send our condolences and best wishes to his family.

NEWS - We congratulate Stewart Phillips on obtaining a BA degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission. He is the first of our independent student to achieve a degree award validated by Durham University and this represents 6 years’ hard work.

NEWS - Publication news: David Nixon, Dean of Studies, has written an article for Practical Theology based on the small seedcorn grant from Durham, and in partnership with Susannah Cornwall in Exeter University Theology Department. The title of the article is "Mind the Gap? Perceptions and Realities of Sexualities Education for Ordinands". Please contact David for a pre-print version if you are not a subscriber and would like to read this.

NEWS - We are delighted to announce that the Revd David Carrington is joining us as Director of Lay Education from January 2017. Dave brings important experience from a range of parishes in Devon and also from his background as a senior trainer at the Met Office. He will continue with his part-time parochial post in north Devon.

NEWS - We congratulate Dr Cherryl Hunt on completing her PhD in theology. See picture below right from her graduation in December.

NEWS - In October our intrepid Principal abseiled down Chagford church tower to help raise money for a local youth facilities. See picture to right.

NEWS - It is with much regret that we announce that the Revd Dr Tim Gibson has resigned his post as our Director of Lay Education with effect from mid-January. Among the many gifts that Tim has brought, has been his involvement with the wider world of business and journalism, and these other elements of his portfolio will now claim a greater proportion of his time. Tim has been a vigorous, creative and enthusiastic colleague at SWMTC as well as a fine theologian and gifted teacher. We wish him hugely well with the next stage of his journey, and send him, Sarah and Monty all our prayers and good wishes.

NEWS - We congratulate warmly all those who were deaconed at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday 11th September including our students: Bev Cree, Jane Hayes, Penny Lawson, Cathy Scoffield and Sue Tucker. Our prayers are with them and also with those being priested.

NEWS - We were delighted to welcome 28 new students to our lay vocation course, Foundations in Christian Ministry, and we look forward to accompanying them on their journey in the coming year.

NEWS - On 26th June David Nixon celebrated his silver jubilee of ordination and ministry with a Eucharist at St James church Exeter, attended by family, friends and colleagues.

NEWS - Our programmes have recently been independently reviewed by Revd Dr Helen Burn, Ministry-Division-appointed Quality Advisor to the Course for the diocesan bishops. Her report was very favourable and referred to: “…a highly qualified and committed staff team, a wide network of associate staff and tutors with whom relationships have been built up over many years and who constitute a dynamic group of reflective practitioners….”

She said that “Students spoke consistently highly of the quality of the teaching of the staff team, value greatly the mutual support and learning they experience, feel that the course is a stimulating and hospitable place for a wide range of spiritual traditions, and value being able to travel with those of very different views”.

NEWS - It is important to ring the office (01392 272544) before visiting the SWMTC library to check that you can get access. The SWMTC library is usually accessible during office hours or from 6pm on evenings when there is an evening class, but not always

NEWS - Our office and library are now at: Suite 1.3, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AY. Our main phone number is 01392 272544. Exeter evening classes are held at Renslade House.

SWMTC: Contact: Administrator Laura McLachlan on 01392 272544
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