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Monday, 5th February 2018UPCOMING Seminar Thursday 15 February 2018:
Authentic Interiority and Studying Spirituality

This seminar will take place on Thursday 15 February 2018, 4.30-6pm in Seminar Room B
(D/TH004, Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham).

Revd Dr Michael O’Sullivan, Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education; Programme Leader MA in Applied Spirituality; Research Fellow, University of the Free State, South Africa

ABSTRACT:
“If you look at the educational system and you look at most of the public fora in our culture, there is very little time or attention given to what you could almost call learning the art of inwardness or a pedagogy of interiority”.
(John O’Donohue, https://onbeing.org/programs/john-odonohue-the-inner-landscape-of-beauty-aug2017/)

This lecture will focus on authentic interiority as a framework for identifying that we are spiritual, and for establishing the scope of the field of spirituality study and how to study the field. It will provide an opportunity to discover and verify the nature of authentic interiority. It will also apply that framework to do a spiritual reading of the lived experience of a girl-child, an atheist, and Jesus when faced with a woman’s infirmity. These readings will illustrate the value of authentic interiority as a foundational and methodological framework for revealing spirituality at work in diverse lived situations.

 

BIOGRAPHY:
Rev. Dr. Michael O’Sullivan is Co-Founder and Director of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education in Dublin, Ireland (www.spiritualityinstitute.ie), Programme Leader for the MA in Applied Spirituality at Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland, and Research Fellow, University of the Free State, South Africa. He is also a Jesuit priest.

He was formerly Director of the MA in Christian Spirituality programmes, Cluster leader of PhD and MA by research spirituality students, and Head of Theology at All Hallows College, Dublin City University; before that he was Director of the Higher Diploma and MA in Applied Spirituality at Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland); and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Spiritual Capital Ireland Centre.

He is a member of the Executive Board of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality, a member of the Management Team for the Centre for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality at the University of Zurich, a Fellow of the European Spirituality in Economics and Society Institute, a Research Associate at the Centre for Spirituality, University of Hull, and a member of the Spirituality Research and Innovation Group, Trinity College Dublin.

He has served on the Governing Board of the largely North American international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (SSCS), and the Steering Committee of the Christian Spirituality Study Group of the American Academy of Religion. He currently serves as a founding member on the International Relations Committee, as well as on the Promotions Committee, of the SSCS, which is growing into a global society, and is a member of the editorial board of Spiritus, the Society’s prestigious journal.

He worked as a missionary in Latin America, and has extensive experience living and working with socio-economically disadvantaged people in Ireland and Latin America, as well as in East Africa where he was a visiting lecturer.

Many of his publications can be found by clicking on his orcid id, which is available on the website of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education.

 

Monday, 22nd January 2018Seminar Thursday 1 February 2018:
Integrating Spiritual and Scientific Perspectives to Psychological Wellbeing

This seminar took place on Thursday 1 February 2018, 4.30-6pm in Seminar Room B
(D/TH004, Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham).

Dr Fraser Watts, Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, University of Lincoln

To watch the Lecture, please click on the video below:

 

ABSTRACT:
The question of how to integrate spiritual and scientific perspectives on mental health can be seen as a special case of the general question of how to relate religion and science. A spiritual approach is relevant to what counts as a problem of mental wellbeing, as well as to understanding particular problems of wellbeing. Some have seen spiritual and scientific perspectives as separate and unconnected; or as incompatible, so requiring a choice between them. I will take them as distinct, but complementary perspectives. A complexity is that the spiritual approach to mental health is itself a hybrid. It can be part of a broader scientific approach to mental health; but it can also represent a completely different approach to mental health. These issues are further complicated by current debates about whether problems of mental health, especially psychosis, should be understood in medical or in psychosocial terms. A case study of integrating neurological and spiritual approaches to wellbeing will be presented.

 

BIOGRAPHY:
Fraser Watts was formerly Reader in Theology and Science in the University of Cambridge, where he was Director of the Psychology and Religion Research Group and a Fellow of Queens’ College. He is also a former President of the British Psychological Society and of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is now Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion and a Visiting Professor at the University of Lincoln.

His books include Theology and Psychology (Ashgate, 2002); Psychology for Christian Ministry (with Rebecca Nye and Sara Savage, Routledge, 2002); Forgiveness in Context (ed. with Liz Gulliford, T & T Clark, 2004); Jesus and Psychology (DLT, 2007); Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives (CUP, 2011); Head and Heart: Perspectives from Religion and Psychology (ed. with G. Dumbreck, Templeton Press, 2013;) Evolution, Religion and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays (edited with L Turner, OUP, 2014); Psychology, Religion and Spirituality (CUP, 2017).

 

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018Seminar Thursday 18 January 2018:
Healing and wholeness: practical theology in dialogue with evidence-based healthcare

This seminar took place on Thursday 18 January 2018, 4.30-6pm in Seminar Room B
(D/TH004, Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham).

Revd Prof. Mark Cobb, Clinical Director & Honorary Senior Chaplain, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, UK

ABSTRACT:
Contemporary health care is largely a secular matter that retains little of its historic association with religion, and yet a type of spirituality has begun to flourish in this clinical space dissociated from theological tradition or practice. The relationship between spirituality and health has become a growth area in contemporary health studies and one that has all the makings of a field in its own right. Spirituality in this context represents a fourth dimension to the physical, psychological and social aspects of health and contributes to attempts at rebalancing the dominant biomedical model into something more explicitly holistic and humanistic. Concepts of spirituality have thus developed within the academic paradigms of health, and medicine in particular, that typically take reductive, functional and inclusive forms of spirituality that can be subject to scientific methods and applied broadly to the clinical population. In this seminar, in which I draw upon some of my own research in palliative care, I aim to explore three interrelated themes: firstly, what the emerging healthcare discourse of spirituality might reflect about pastoral practice; secondly, the extent to which pastoral ministry might be empirically responsible and capable of entering into dialogue with more evidence based approaches; and thirdly how practical theology might contribute to the contemporary challenges of nurturing healthy persons and communities.

 

BIOGRAPHY:
Mark Cobb, BSc, MA, PhD is a Clinical Director and Honorary Senior Chaplain at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and he holds honorary academic appointments at the University of Liverpool, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Mark’s specialist field of practice and research is palliative care, and his previous publications include A Handbook of Chaplaincy Studies (Routledge) and The Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare (Oxford University Press).

 

Monday, 1st January 2018SEMINAR PROGRAMME
Epiphany Term 2018

SEMINAR PROGRAMME – Epiphany Term 2017

These seminars are open to all staff and students of Durham University and to the general public. However, please be aware that they are aimed at a postgraduate level and are therefore especially suitable for MA, PhD and DThM students, as well as for others engaged in postgraduate study in relevant areas of enquiry.

 

If you would like to attend any of these seminars, please send an e-mail to Charidimos Koutris (charidimos.koutris@durham.ac.uk) in order to ensure that a place will be available for you.

 

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Thursday 18 January 2018 (4.30-6pm)
Healing and wholeness: practical theology in dialogue with evidence-based healthcare
Seminar Room B (D/TH004)Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Revd Prof. Mark Cobb,
Clinical Director & Honorary Senior Chaplain, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, UK

 

Thursday 1 February 2018 (4.30-6pm)
Integrating Spiritual and Scientific Perspectives to Psychological Wellbeing
Seminar Room B (D/TH004)Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Dr Fraser Watts,
Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion, University of Lincoln

 

Thursday 15 February 2018 (4.30-6pm)
Authentic Interiority and Studying Spirituality
Seminar Room B (D/TH004)Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Revd Dr Michael O’Sullivan,
Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education; Programme Leader MA in Applied Spirituality; Research Fellow, University of the Free State, South Africa

 

Thursday 1 March 2018 (4.30-6pm)
The nature of prayer in the theology of Joseph Ratzinger
Seminar Room B (D/TH004)Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Ms Silvija Balenović Visinski,
MA Social Worker; PhD student, Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, Rome

 

Thursday 15 March 2018 (4.30-6pm)
The human professional: facilitating or obstructing patient-centred end of life care?
Seminar Room B (D/TH004)Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham
by Dr Colette Hawkins,
Academic Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle

 

 

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