"The fundamental polarity of human life between what is and what ought to be, between lack and fulfillment, between determination and freedom, is not abnormal; it is the norm. Every person is exposed to it because of the inescapable structure of human formation." (Adrian van Kaam, The Transcendent Self, Dimension Books, 1979, 172.)

Courses

Course: In the beginning there was Genesis

Learning to read the revelation of God
JRobert Tilley 2
Starts Wednesday 4 March
The Old Testament prohibits people from making an image of God, and yet the first book of the Bible opens with God making an Image of Himself, namely humanity. What does this mean? As with the parables Jesus told, beneath the apparently simple meaning of the book of Genesis there is a world of hidden treasures; of an artistry and sophistication that scholars have only begun to explore.

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Course: Writing Your Life (I) - A Freeing Journey

Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
JCatherine Hammond
Starts Tuesday 4 Feb
Have you always meant to write down your life’s key moments for your children? Perhaps also for grandchildren, other family members and friends? If you don't do it now, when?

What a freeing discovery it can be to look back over your life and your family history! New understanding, a fresh outlook, perhaps renewed gratitude – these are just some of the personal benefits that may result.

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Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality

Unit 1: Mystery & Freedom, Participation & Possibility

JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2
Starts 6pm Thurs 6 Feb
The aim of this course is to assist participants to develop an approach to everyday living which will promote a well-grounded personal spirituality. Spirituality is first and last about relationships – with God (however you name God), yourself, other people and the events and things of the world. Spirituality is never private though it is always personal. It begins by listening effectively – “with the ear of the heart” as St Benedict says – to what is going on.

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Course: Film Lectio I - Woman in Gold

JWoman in Gold
Starts Wednesday 12 Feb
Woman in Gold is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria

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Course: Thomas Aquinas on Faith

Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
JAndrew Murray sm
Starts 10am Tues 3 March
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).

This course (the first of three in the series)

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Course: Thomas Aquinas on Hope

Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
JAndrew Murray sm
Starts 10am Tues 28 April
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).

This course (the second of three in the series) 

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Course: Christianity and Buddhism - Four areas of convergence

Jwinton01JMichaelWhelan
Starts 10am Thurs 30 April
Week One: “Suffering”
A Buddhist perspective: “When I was still a seeker, it occurred to me to ask: ‘What is the delight of life? What is the tragedy of life? What is the emancipation of life?’ Then I thought to answer: ‘The happiness and joy that arise conditioned by life, that is the delight of life; that life is impermanent, difficult and changing, that is the tragedy of life; the removal and abandonment of grasping for life, that is the emancipation of life” (Samyutta Nikāya 35:13)

A Christian perspective: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:24-25).

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