SpIRE Spirituality Institute

(16-18 May 2019) Spirituality in Society and the Professions – International Conference and Launch of Books & CD

The Annual Conference of the European Institute for Spirituality in Economics and Society (SPES) took place on 16-18 May 2019. The venue was the main auditorium, Waterford Institute of Technology, (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. SpIRE collaborated with SPES, which is based in Budapest and Leuven, and WIT, which hosted the conference. The subject of the conference was Spirituality in Society and the Professions. Click on the link below:

SPES SpIRE conf in WIT

CDs/USBs of recorded presentations are available from Paul at  eist@eircom.net / 087 2789390.

Prof Celeste Snowber gave the following feedback on the conference:

“Dear Michael and Bernadette,

As I am back in Canada I am continuing to reflect on how special my time in Ireland was at the conference.  I wanted to thank you for opening up such a generative space for scholars, educators and seekers from all over the world to convene, dialogue and be inspired by one another.  I am in gratitude for all your organizing, hospitality and bringing vision together.  I know what a huge outpouring of energy this is. So a BIG THANKS!!

I also wanted to send a note that the day on the Waterford Camino was absolutely wonderful and a precious compliment to everything else that had transpired.  We all found ourselves enriched on the land and Phil was a fabulous guide.  It couldn’t have been more perfect”.  

During the conference the Routledge Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions was launched. Laszlo Zsolnai and Bernadette Flanagan edited the handbook and it has sixty-eight contributors and 51 chapters. Their book will make a very significant contribution to applied spirituality as a field of study. Prof Zsolnai is Director, Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary and President, European SPES Institute, Leuven, Belgium. See https://www.jesuit.ie/news/a-book-to-relish/

Prof Flanagan is Chair of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE), a member of the SPES Advisory Board, and a member of the MA in Applied Spirituality (WIT) leadership team. See her profile in About Us on this website. The MA, of which the Director of SpIRE, Dr Michael O’Sullivan, SJ, is the programme leader, is hosted and supported by SpIRE in Dublin. 3 other books and a CD, about spirituality studies, by spirituality graduates who are also members of the SpIRE board, were launched.

The conference was a truly historic event in the field of spirituality studies in higher education and the professions in Ireland and beyond.

Listen to the podcast interview with Bernadette and Michael about this  ground-breaking event in Ireland by clicking on
https://www.jesuit.ie/…/f…/spirituality-and-the-professions/

 

Conference Programme

Conference Chair: Prof Bernadette Flanagan (Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, European Institute for Spirituality in Economics and Society, and Waterford Institute of Technology)

8.20      Transport to WIT departs from Tower Hotel, Main Entrance

Day 1 (Thursday, 16 MAY)

9:00 – 9:30 Registration & Coffee – Main Atrium, Cork Road Campus

9.30 – 9.50 Opening & Welcome – Auditorium

Richard Hayes, Vice-President for Strategy, Waterford Institute of Technology; Laszlo Zsolnai, President, European SPES Institute; Michael O’Sullivan, Director, Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE)

9.50 – 10.00  Spirit Moment: Phil Brennan, Waterford Camino

10.00 – 11.30  Plenary Session – Chair: Bernadette Flanagan

Ralph W. Hood, Jr. (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA): Mysticism and the Relationship between Religion and Spirituality

Luk Bouckaert (KU Leuven, Belgium): From Professional Ethics to a Professional Search for Meaning

11.30 – 12.00   Coffee Break – Atrium

12.00 – 12.45  Plenary Session – Chair: Luk Bouckaert – Auditorium

David Coghlan (Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland): Developing a Spirituality of Scholarship: A First Person Methodological Approach

12.45 – 14.00   Lunch – Gallery Cafe

13.25-13.55 Optional lunch-time talk: Gherardo Girardi (St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK); Mara Del Baldo (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy); Knut J. Ims (Norwegian School of Economics Bergen, Norway): The University of the Common Good – F26 Business School

14.00 – 15.30  Parallel Sessions 

Session (A)  Chair: Michael HowlettF26 Business School

Elizabeth McCrory (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland): Contemplative Practices to Foster Well-being and Wisdom in the Caring Professions

Leonard McMahon (Graduate Theology Union, Berkeley, USA): Michel Foucault’s Concept of Parrhesia (truth-telling) as Spiritual Practice

Theresa Galan-Bruce (Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, USA): Spirituality: The Missing Link in Social Work Practice and Pedagogy

Session (B)  Chair: Sabine DenisF27 Business School

Gavin Murphy (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland): The Psycho-Spiritual Inspiration of Three Saints

Charles Oham (University of Greenwich, London): The Impact of Spiritual Capital on Social Entrepreneurs

Timothy Daniel (Organisation Development Consultant, Albuquerque, USA): Addressing Spiritual Homesickness among Leaders in the Corporate World

15.30 –  16.00   Break – Atrium

16.00 –  17.00    Plenary Session – Chair: Paul Clogher; Auditorium

Stuart Walker (Lancaster University): Spirituality and Design: Creating a meaningful material culture through progressive design praxis

Kevin Jackson (Fordham University, New York, USA): Music as a Profession of Contemplative Journey: Castles, Bridges, and Butterflies

17.00 – 18.00

General Assembly of European SPES with a musical presentation by Waterford Peace Choir (all participants of the conference are invited) – Auditorium

19.30  Conference Banquet : Tower Hotel, The Mall, Waterford, X91 VXE0

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Day 2 (Friday)

9:10 – 9:30  Spirit Moment: Phil Brennan, Waterford Camino; Auditorium

9.30 – 10.15  Plenary Session – Chair: Knut J Ims

Celeste Snowber (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada): Body, Spirituality and Passion: Embodied Ways of Inquiry in Vocation

10.15 –  10.45  Coffee Break

10.45 –  12.30 Plenary Session – Chair: Eleanor O’Higgins; Auditorium

Michael O’Sullivan (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland; WIT; and SPES): Spiritual Capital: Spirituality for Social and Planetary Well-being

Jose Luis Fernández (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain): Spirituality as the Foundation of the Ethics of Professions: Anthropological roots of a successful academic experience UNIJES – Jesuit Universities in Spain (1993-2018)

Erik C. Carter (Loma Linda University, USA): Pedagogy and Pilgrimage: Teaching Spirituality to Occupational Therapists-in-Training

12.30 –  13.40   Lunch – Gallery Cafe

13.45 –  14.45  Parallel Sessions

Session (A)  Chair: Mara Del BaldoF26 Business School

Rossano Zas Friz De Col (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy): The Anthropological Foundation of Spirituality in the Professions

Knut J. Ims (Norwegian School of Economics Bergen, Norway): A Conceptual Model of Calling, Defining Moments & Life Projects with Relevance for Education of Business & Entrepreneurial Leaders. The Norwegian Serial-Entrepreneur Hans Nielsen Hauge Used as Exemplary Case.

Session (B)  Chair: Philip CreminF27 Business School

Kenneth R. Morefield (Campbell University, North Carolina, USA): Spirituality and Movies

Paul Clogher (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland): Paul Schrader and a Spiritual Cinema

14.45  –  15.00   Break

15.00 – 16.30  Parallel Sessions

Session (A)  Chair: Anne Marie DixonF26 Business School

Noelia Molina (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland) Motherhood and Spiritual Awakening

András Ócsai (Corvinus University of Budapest): Ecologically Conscious Businesses – Spiritually-Grounded Working Models in Different Professions

Mara Del Baldo (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy): Is There a Space for Spirituality in the Accounting Profession?

Session (B)  Chair: Noel KeatingF27 Business School

Bernadette Masterson (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland): Sickness, Stigma and Spiritual Awakening: A Transpersonal Paradigm for Women with Contested Illnesses

Petra Sebek (SpIRE – Spirituality Institute, Ireland): Spirituality in the Selfie Culture of Instagram

Manas K Chatterji (School of Management, Binghamton University – State University of New York): Peace, Economics, and Peace Science

16.30 – 17.00 Reception – Atrium

17.00-18.00 Book Launches and CD launch – Chair: Suzanne Denieffe (Head of School of Humanities, WIT); Auditorium

The Routledege International Handbook of Spirituality in Society & the Professions, Edited by Laszlo Zsolani & Bernadette Flanagan. Launcher: Michael Comyn (RTE – Radio Telefis Eireann)

Sickness, Stigma and Spiritual Awakening: A Transpersonal Paradigm for Women with Contested Illnesses (Peter Lang Publishing)  by Bernadette Masterson, SpIRE.  Launcher: David Smith (RCSI – Royal College of Surgeons Ireland)

Spirituality in the Selfie Culture of Instagram (Wipf & Stock Publishing) by Petra Sebek, SpIRE. Launcher: Pat Coyle (JCC – Jesuit Communications Centre)

Spirituality, Culture, and Motherhood (Routledge) by Noelia Molina, SpIRE.  Launcher: Vivienne Brady (TCD – Trinity College Dublin)

Meditation with Children CD Created by Alana Levandoski in conjunction with Noel Keating, SpIRE. Launcher: Michael O’Sullivan (SpIRE, WIT, & SPES)

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Day 3  (Saturday) 

9.00 – 11.00  Plenary Panel Session – Chair: Michael O’Sullivan; Auditorium

Elizabeth Allison (California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco): Spirituality and Ecology

Larry Culliford (BASS & Co-founder of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group, UK) WISDOM: What Is It? Why We Need It & How to Get It

Phil Daughtry, Kirsten Macaitis (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tabor, Adelaide, Australia): “Priests are Psychologists – Come Back to Church!” – Observations of dreaming and awakening as therapeutic phenomena in reflective educational practice

Sabine Denis (SPES Forum, Leuven, Belgium): Spirituality and Activism: The Times Are Urgent, Let’s Slow Down

11.00  Closing & Farewell – Laszlo Zsolnai and Bernadette Flanagan

(Optional) Pilgrimage Experience in Waterford for those who booked beforehand

 

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.ie

It is essential to book and prepay by the beginning of May

For any queries, please contact mosullivan@spiritualityinstitute.ie or bflanagan@spiritualityinstitute.ie 

 

PRESENTER(S) AFFILIATION PRESENTATION TITLE
David Coghlan SJ, PhD Trinity College Dublin Business School Plenary    Developing a Spirituality of Scholarship: a First Person Methodological Approach
Kenneth R. Morefield PhD Campbell University, North Carolina, USA Contrasting Film Spiritualities : USA and Europe
Stuart Walker PhD Design for Sustainability, Lancaster University, UK Spirituality and Design: Creating a meaningful material culture through progressive design praxis
Noelia Molina PhD Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Dublin Motherhood and Spiritual Awakening
Elizabeth Allison PhD California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco Plenary: The Lineage of Spiritual Ecology: Indigenous Wisdom to Laudato Si’
Luk Bouckaert PhD                        KU Leuven (Centrum voor Economie en Ethiek) Plenary: From Professional Ethics to a Search for Meaning
Michael O’Sullivan SJ, PhD Director of Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE), Dublin, SPES Fellow, & Programme Leader of WIT for MA in Applied Spirituality Plenary: Spiritual Capital: Spirituality for Social & Planetary Well-being
Ralph W. Hood Jr, PhD Professor of Psychology and LeRoy A. Martin Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies Plenary: Mysticism, Religion and Spirituality: Inter-Connections
Celeste Snowber PhD Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Plenary: Body, Spirituality and Passion
Charles Oham PhD Cand University of Greenwich, London The Impact of Spiritual Capital on Social Entrepreneurs
Phil Daughtry PhD,

K. Macaitis PhD

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tabor, Adelaide, South Australia Plenary: Dreaming in Reflective Educational Practice
Sabine Denis MA European Institute of Spirituality in Economics and Society (SPES), Executive Director , Belgium Plenary: Spirituality and Activism
Erik C. Carter PhD Loma Linda University, California Plenary: Teaching Spirituality to  Occupational Therapists-in-Training
Jose Luis Fernández  PhD Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain Plenary: Spirituality as the Foundation of Ethics for the Professions
Theresa Galan-Bruce  DMin Cand Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio; Texas Spirituality: The Missing Link in Social Work Practice
Gavin Murphy PhD Cand Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Dublin The Psycho-Spiritual Inspiration of Three Saints
Petra Sebek PhD Cand Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Dublin Spirituality in the Selfie Culture of Instagram
Timothy Daniel MDiv Organization Development Consultant Spiritual Homesickness among Leaders in the Corporate World
Knut J. Ims PhD Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway  Serial-Entrepreneur Hans Nielsen Hauge: A Spirituality Case Study
Paul Clogher  PhD Waterford Institute of Technology  Paul Schrader and a Spiritual Cinema
Leonard McMahon  PhD Cand Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California Foucault’s Concept of Parrhesia (truth-telling) as Spiritual Practice
Elizabeth McCrory  PhD SpIRE & Clinical psychologist & psychotherapist Contemplative Practices to Foster Wisdom in the Caring Professions
Larry Culliford  MD BASS & Co-founder of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group Plenary: WISDOM: What is It? Why We Need It & How to Get It
Kevin Jackson  PhD Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University, New York City Music as a Profession of Contemplative Journey
Rossano Zas Friz De Col SJ, PhD Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome) The Anthropological Foundation of Spirituality in the Professions
Bernadette Masterson PhD Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, Dublin (SpIRE Sickness, Stigma and Spiritual Awakening: A Transpersonal Paradigm for Women with Contested Illnesses
Manas K Chatterji PhD School of Management, Binghamton University – State University of New York Spirituality and Corporate Social Responsibility
Ócsai András PhD Business Ethics Center, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary Ecologically Conscious Businesses
Mara Del Baldo DBA University  of Urbino “Carlo Bo”, Italy Is There a Space for Spirituality in the Accounting Profession?