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Spirituality Research and Innovation Group (SRIG) Public Lectures 2018-2019

A spiritual journey in the darkness: enlightenment of lived experiences in mental illness. A public lecture by Rick Rossiter

Date: Thursday 15 November 2018
Time:  5.15pm-6.15pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Rick Rossiter

Biography: Rick is a mental health services user. Through his lived experience of mental health difficulties, Rick is now an advocate for mental health, a Consultant on e-health Ireland, a Spokesperson for See Change, Refocus, AWARE, and the Mental Health Reform. Rick is an Ambassador for the organisation Aware and moderates online content for Aware. He is an Ambassador for See Change advocating for education to end mental health stigma, resources and funding in mental health through various media platforms. Rick has contributed to First Fortnight (Centre for Creative therapies which provides an art psychotherapy service to adults with experiences of homelessness or at risk of homelessness) in writing reviews on shows and taking part on discussion panels on mental health issues in addition to volunteering. He is a Committee Member for the Refocus Group aligned to the College of Psychiatrists Ireland which is a recovery experience forum of carers, service users and psychiatrists to develop new approaches in Psychiatric Training for Doctors. He is an avid writer and Blogger.

Content: It can take just one moment, one experience or even one person to change a person’s turbulent journey of having a mental health disorder. Too often we look for answers and solutions dealing with our lives through external sources, too often when dealing with mental health that “Magic Pill” or “Miracle Therapy” has our lives on hold waiting for answers to come. Too often we bypass what is internal, the greatest asset that can be explored, changed, enhanced or even restored… our human spirit.

The word Spirituality brings with it a multitude of meanings, understandings and assumptions or even misconceptions and ridicule when referring it to one’s self and/or beliefs. From Religious to mysticism, enlightenment and spiritualty can only be measured and defined by your own thoughts, experiences and actions or inactions.

My journey explores how the human spirit is at times fragile beyond belief, even breakable in the worst of times. I will also explore the resilience and strength that spirituality can bring about and of the tread of life that ties us, the people throughout our lives and our environment together in our spiritual journey.

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On consulting the faithful in matters of doctrine - the twenty first century. A public lecture by Dr Fáinche Ryan: Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Time:  5.15pm-6.15pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2.57, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Dr. Fáinche Ryan

Biography: Dr. Fáinche Ryan lectures in the area of systematic theology and is the current Director of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. Her research and teaching interests include:

* New thinking in the theology of leadership and ordination

* The role of Church in a pluralist society

* Eucharistic theology

* Medieval theology and the theology of Thomas Aquinas

She is currently working on the virtue of truth telling, with particular focus on how the theology of Thomas Aquinas might be brought to engage in current debate on the concept of 'post-truth'. Since joining the staff at Trinity in 2013 her research interests have expanded to include an interest in the early Irish church, and in particular the theology of the Book of Kells.

Content: On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine is the title of a famous article written by Cardinal John Henry Newman in 1859. The ideas he postulated at the time, that members of the hierarchy, bishops and pope should consult with and listen to other baptised people in the Christian community, was met with great controversy and let to Newman being dubbed the most dangerous man in England. Dangerous because the very idea of ‘consulting the faithful’ was seen as a critique of authority, of the very structures of a hierarchical institution. This is not a paper about the laity, the faithful and ‘their’ role, but a paper in ecclesiology, on the theology of the Church. Its ultimate aim is to explore the locus of authority in the Catholic Church, a Church guided by the Holy Spirit. The paper will present an exploration of the concept of ‘Church’ and how authority is, and might be, exercised internally, and thus implicitly how Church might impact society today.

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