Lupina Centre for Spirituality, Healthcare and Ethics Advanced Degree Seminar
Presented by: Catherine Wright, Lupina Centre Fellow
Respondent: Dennis O'Hara, Assistant Professor, University of St. Michael's College & Director, Elliot Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology
Friday, 6 May, 2pm-4pm Regis College, classroom C, 100 Wellesley Street West
Please register at http://lupinacentre.ca
Papers under discussion in seminar can be obtained in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the key questions facing those wishing to understand the mystery of suffering is how it can have such divergent effects on different people. For some, suffering is a locus for spiritual and moral growth. For others, they are consumed by their suffering and their pain destroys their ability to communicate, contracts their world, and shatters their self.
This seminar will place human suffering within the cosmic story of suffering in an attempt to offer those who suffer a new way to understand and respond to their pain. By presenting a continuing cosmic theory that affirms interdependence, unavoidable suffering, and grace, one can challenge a vision of the cosmos that is static, mechanistic and dualistic, and demonstrate how this old cosmology augments the destructive elements of suffering. This new cosmology empowers sufferers to discover in their connection to, and valued membership within, a communion of suffering subjects, the strength to respond to their pain in a life-giving, transformative way.