Duncan Morrow, Andrew Pierce and high-profile Church leaders (TBC) 5Nov.-3 Dec. 2019 (10.30-12.00 noon)
The division of the Church into so many denominations is both a scandal and opportunity. As Christian faith increasingly disappears from public discourse, how can we unify our voices without losing any of the richness that our diversity provides? This module will explore some of the conversations that matter.
Despite personal difficulties, Patrick Kavanagh's native poetic genius surfaces in his early celebration of the drumlin hills of Monaghan. We follow the pilgrim pathway of this turbulent poet as he struggles to find the still centre of his poetic soul on the banks of Dublin's Grand Canal.
In democratic societies like ours we believe that there are no tyrannies. Yet, from homelessness to direct provision, from the uncertainty of employment to human trafficking and from long waiting lists for hospital appointments to rising costs of living we experience sheer powerlessness. How do we overcome powerlessness and regain true democracy against the seen and unseen tyrannies in our midst? What is our civic responsibility in protecting human rights?
John Scally, Sabine Schratz OP 6 Nov.-4 Dec. 2019 (10.30-12.00 noon)
For many, at least part of the current crisis of the Catholic Church in Ireland is connected with Cardinal Paul Cullen, archbishop of Dublin 1852-1878. His Romanizing agenda was seen as suppressing the ancient Celtic Church. Is it possible that a return to the Celtic tradition holds the key to true reform today?
Patrick Quinn 7 Nov.-5 Dec. 2019 (10.30-12.00 noon)
This course will explore how body, soul, mind and spirit were understood by the following thinkers: Plato and Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Simone de Beauvoir and Teilhard de Chardin. Their subsequent influences on philosophy and theology will also be examined with portions of their writings available for scrutiny. Handouts will be given and discussion welcomed from those present.
Kieran O’Mahony OSA 8 Nov.-6 Dec. 2019 (10.30-12.00 noon)
Is mission at all possible even today? Many feel today we are back at square one and have to start all over again. We will look again at the very first outreach, as reported by the Acts of the Apostles.