Schedule Autumn 2017.
Co. Dublin, A94 A3C7
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1. Centering Prayer – The Gift of Life 26 Sept.-5 Dec.
Blanaid Gallagher OP 10.30-12.00 noon
“If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide into the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; … only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.” (Kahlil Gibran). This course would suit those who have been on the Spiritual Journey with Fr Thomas Keating.
Voluntary contribution at each session.
2. Hatha Yoga 26 Sept.-5 Dec.
Marianne Smulders 10.00-11.30am
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The course is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers most welcome!
€120 (10 weeks)
3. French Level 2 (Advanced Beginners) 26 Sept.-5 Dec.
Marie Helène Dolan 10.30-12.00 noon
For students who can produce simple French sentences and can ask and respond to simple French questions. In this course, listening and speaking skills are built upon, and revision of main points in French grammar is covered. In a fun, friendly, relaxed
atmosphere, these classes will enable students to communicate with more fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations. €110 (10 weeks)
4. Italian for Beginners 2 26 Sept.-5 Dec.
Heather Abrahamson 10.30-12.00 noon
“Un cappuccino, per favore.” Would you like to get beyond this in Italian and lay the foundations for competence and fluency in the language? Then this course is for you. It is a continuation from the last semester, but newcomers with a basic knowledge of Italian are most welcome to join. €110 (10 weeks)
5. Luther – Man, Myth and Message 26 Sept.-24 Oct.
Andrew Pierce, Sabine Schratz OP 10.30-12.00 noon
31 October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous posting of his 95 theses, the symbolic and disputed starting point of the Protestant Reformation that would change the face of the Church and of Europe forever. This course will look at the man and the myth Luther “between God and the Devil” (H. Oberman), at his message and the ecumenical dialogue today. €55 (5 weeks)
6. Does Human Nature Change? 7 Nov.-5 Dec.
Sean Goan, Maureen Junker-Kenny, 10.30-12.00 noon
Andrew Pierce, Sabine Schratz OP
The dream of a life without injustice, suffering and death is as old as humankind. Promises of its realisation have been plentiful throughout history. With its understanding of human nature as deeply wounded and in need of salvation, the Jewish-Christian Tradition threw a wet blanket on an all too optimistic belief in progress. We will explore the biblical foundations of the concept of original sin, and its modern interpretations and present scientific promises of human perfectibility.
€55 (5 weeks)
7. Life Journeying: A Journal Conversation 26 Sept.-24 Oct.
Bill Mathews SJ 10.30-12.00 noon
The sessions will go like this: Starting with the present chapter in your life it will trace the journey that has brought you there and explore openings into the future. It will involve reflective writing on life situations, roads taken or to be taken, stepping stones etc. A continuation “Journaling 2: Dreams, Dialogues and Desires” is planned for the spring semester. €55 (5 weeks)
8. Teresa of Avila 7 Nov.-5 Dec.
Natuca Cordón 10.30-12.00 noon
This module will explore the times Teresa of Avila lived in and how she developed friendship with Christ. This experience, reflected in her writings and in her foundations, is still relevant today. We will explore the Book of her Life, her Way of Perfection and the Book of the Mansions – her Interior Castle. There will be an opportunity to pray with St Teresa in a quiet atmosphere and to share our reflection.
€55 (5 weeks)
9. Hatha Yoga 26 Sept.-5 Dec.
Marianne Smulders 8.00-9.30pm
Regular yoga practice can impart a number of different physical, mental and emotional benefits. The exercises tone and strengthen the body, increase circulation and oxygen flow, energize for the day and help unwind in the evening. The course is suitable for all levels and ages. Newcomers most welcome! €120 (10 weeks)
10. Understanding the Religious Other 7 Nov.-5 Dec.
Jude Lal Fernando 8.00-9.30pm
Meeting the religious other is a new experience for many of us. Even though respect for diversity is becoming the norm there is the challenge in the schools, work place and communities to understand each other’s faith and how it is lived. This module aims at developing that understanding from a Christian point of view. It will focus on basic beliefs, life style and rituals and make an attempt to appreciate them whilst comparing them with Christian practices. An optional day of visits to different places of worship will be organized in collaboration with the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD. €55 (5 weeks)
11. Introduction to Bioethics 27 Sept.-25 Oct.
Cathriona Russell 10.30-12.00 noon
The course will analyse developments in bioethics at the beginning and end of life—in relation to the visions of society and humanity implied in positions on advance care directives, euthanasia, the new reproductive technologies, genetics, enhancement, healing and cloning. It will explore the underlying values in contemporary biomedical debates in Irish, European and international perspective.
€55 (5 weeks)
12. A Voyage of Discoveries in Art 27 Sept.-6 Dec.
John O’Riordan 10.00-12.00 noon
For new students we will start with a journey through European art from ancient Greece to the 20th century. Then, among other interesting topics, we will look closely at the work of celebrated Irish artists, such as James Barry, William Mulready, Daniel
Maclise, and the 20th century modernist women artists, including Mainie Jellett and Mary Swanzy. €140 (10 weeks)
13. Taking our Place in the Universe 8-22 Nov.
Dorrie Balfe OP 10.30-12.00 noon
This module aims to explore the current understanding of the Story of Creation. We will trace the early efforts of primitive peoples to explore foundational questions through the medium of myth. Our early traditional understanding of creation with emphasis on the human will be explored against a much longer time span. Scientific progress demands that both theology and science engage with this in a new way. Sections from Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si” will raise challenging questions in terms of attitudes and actions. €35 (3 weeks)
14. German (Conversation) 27 Sept.-6 Dec.
Ruzica Ruane 10.30-12.00 noon
Immerse yourself in German language and culture in this engaging class. Topical issues, art, literature and German and Austrian traditions are explored in a fun and informative way. The conversational manner is sure to boost both your confidence
and fluency. €110 (10 weeks)
15. Irish (Beginners) 27 Sept.-6 Dec.
Dáire Stevenson 10.30-12.00 noon
Learn Irish in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This course is an introduction to Irish and is suited to those who have never studied Irish before or who have a very limited knowledge of it. We will focus on simple conversational skills and grammar in order to develop a basic knowledge of Irish. €110 (10 weeks)
16. Irish (Conversation) 28 Sept.-7 Dec.
Dáire Stevenson 10.30-12.00 noon
This course is designed for students to improve their skills in conversational Irish in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The emphasis will be on giving the student confidence to use the language in everyday situations. We will discuss a wide range of topics from current affairs to literature and cinema. A good basic level of Irish is required. Fáilte roimh chách. €110 (10 weeks)
17. French Level 4 (Advanced) 28 Sept.-7 Dec.
Marie Helène Dolan 10.30-12.00 noon
This course is for students who have a good command of French and would like to keep up to date with cultural, social and political developments in France and increase their fluency and confidence in spoken French. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Au plaisir de vous voir ou de vous revoir! €110 (10 weeks)
18. The Importance of Truth 9 Nov.-7 Dec.
Patrick Quinn, Bernard Treacy OP 10.30-12.00 noon
This course will examine, through teaching and discussion, the nature and importance of truth from a philosophical point of view including its relevance to how we think, communicate and live together in a world where truth is too often devalued or dismissed as impractical or too troublesome to apply in day to day life. It will pay heed to the implications of “fake news” and “alternative facts” and the influence of such developments on media in a democratic society. €55 (5 weeks)
19. Exploring English Literature 28 Sept.-7 Dec.
Phil Dunne 10.30-12.00 noon
In this class, we read, discuss and share novels, poetry and drama. Our reading material is a mixture of classic and contemporary work written in English and translated writing. We like to read both established and emerging writers. No prior knowledge of English literature is required. We emphasise enjoyment!
€100 (9 weeks: no class on 5 Oct.)
20. Tai Chi for Health and Relaxation 28 Sept.-7 Dec.
Jane Bailey IBVM 10.30-12.00 noon
The ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi is becoming ever more popular in the West. With its slow, gentle movements, it is an excellent way of promoting physical and mental well-being. Suitable for people of all ages and abilities, it helps to foster a “relaxed body, quiet mind, contented spirit.” Beginners and improvers welcome.
€110 (10 weeks)
21. Reading the Gospel of Mark 28 Sept.-19 Oct.
Sean Goan 8.00-9.30pm
The Gospel of Mark is the first and shortest of the Gospels and for a long time was considered the least theological of them. However, that position has been reviewed and scholars now recognise the depth and richness of this text especially in its exploration of the person of Jesus. In this course we shall read the text from a literary-theological perspective, paying attention to key themes such as faith and discipleship. €45 (4 weeks)
22. Sacred Dance / Dance Meditation 29 Sept.-8 Dec.
Terry Hennessy 10.30am-12.30pm
Experience harmony of body, mind and spirit, joy, healing, peace and community, as you dance to beautiful music while being open to yourself, to the group and to what the dance stirs in you. Sacred dance is influenced by classical & European folk traditions. A warm welcome awaits and no experience is needed. €140 (10 weeks)
23. French Level 3 (Intermediate) 29 Sept.-8 Dec.
Marie Helène Dolan 10.30-12.00 noon
In this course, the emphasis is on easing students into conversational French. Learned grammatical concepts are revised and put into a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen comprehension and self-expression. These classes will help you learn more complex forms and advanced vocabulary, giving you the confidence to converse on many topics. À bientôt! €110 (10 weeks)
24. Making Good Decisions 29 Sept.-20 Oct.
Brian Grogan SJ 10.30-12.00 noon
The decisions we make shape us but also shape our world, so it is vital to make them well. What elements should be included in Christian decision-making? How can we be certain we have ‘got it right’? How can we play a worthwhile role in group decision making? The sessions draw on the wisdom of the participants and
will blend input, discussion and case studies. €45 (4 weeks)
25. The Eyes of the Heart 10 Nov.-1 Dec.
Amanda Dillon 10.30-12.00 noon
Presence, solitude, silence, community, nature, among others, are key themes in Spirituality and these shall be explored through Visual Art. Many aspects of a contemplative life have been expressed by artists. Here, we take time to consider their value as creative resources for our own spiritual practice. €45 (4 weeks)
26. The Parables of Jesus 29 Sept.-27 Oct.
Sean Goan 10.30-12.00 noon
Jesus as Teacher stands at the heart of his proclamation of the Kingdom of God in the Synoptic Gospels. The parables are his chosen method of presenting his message and as such are central to our understanding of his ministry and how the early Church received his teaching. In this course we shall read a selection of the parables to explore what they tell us about Jesus’ preaching and how the evangelists responded to that message in the light of Easter. €55 (5 weeks)
27. Why did Jesus die? 10 Nov.-1 Dec.
Kieran O’Mahony OSA 10.30-12.00 noon
This short course will begin with a critical examination of the received model of redemption. The starting point for a new understanding will be the historical Jesus and his destiny. We will explore together models of salvation in Paul’s letters, John and the Letter to the Hebrews. Two questions will be asked: Does this writer’s teaching on salvation cohere with that of the historical Jesus? Do these teachings speak to us today? €45 (4 weeks)
The Centre will be closed for mid-term break,
HEATHER ABRAHAMSON: BA Mod. (Hons.) Italian & French, Trinity College. Has many years’ experience in Adult Education.
JANE BAILEY IBVM: Accredited instructor with the Irish Tai Chi Chuan Association. She has extensive experience in teaching Tai Chi to individuals and groups of all ages & abilities.
DORRIE BALFE OP: worked in education in South Africa and in Pastoral Theology at All Hallows College. Main teaching subjects: Creation Theology, Biblical Studies and Feminist Theology.
NATUCA CORDÓN: BA, H.Dip. Ed. and MA in Education has been involved in Education and Applied Linguistics for many years. She has been Principal in The Teresian School.
AMANDA DILLON: BA, BA, MA, is a lecturer in the areas of Scripture, Spirituality and the Visual Arts.
MARIE HELÈNE DOLAN: BA, French & English, Brest University. Experienced French teacher, including many years in the Alliance Française, Dublin.
PHIL DUNNE: MA, LGSM is an experienced tutor in English literature, who has worked with students of all ages & abilities.
JUDE LAL FERNANDO: Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics and Director of the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, TCD.
BLANAID GALLAGHER OP: Experienced teacher and pastoral worker. Facilitator of Centering Prayer Groups. Works on a Retreat Team.
SEAN GOAN: BA, BD, LSS is a teacher and Scripture scholar who has been involved in adult faith development for many years. He has given courses on biblical themes and spirituality. He has written commentaries on the Sunday readings for readers in Church.
BRIAN GROGAN SJ: is a former President and Associate Professor of Spirituality in the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy. He has published widely in theology and spirituality and is the author of Making Good Decisions: A Beginner’s Guide (Veritas 2015).
TERRY HENNESSY: Trained and danced with a number of International Teachers of Sacred Dance. Has a gentle experienced teaching style and brings her own love of the dance to the group.
MAUREEN JUNKER-KENNY: is Professor in Theology, Head of the Department of Religions and Theology, and Fellow of TCD. Her research areas include Schleiermacher, Habermas and Ricoeur on faith and ethics in modernity and biomedical ethics.
BILL MATHEWS SJ: Trained in the Ira Progoff Intensive Journal programme and is generally interested in biography and autobiography.
KIERAN O’MAHONY OSA: is a Scripture scholar and author. At present, he is employed by the Archdiocese of Dublin, promoting the biblical ministry in parishes and among those involved in ministry.
JOHN O’RIORDAN: BA, MA in Art History from UCD. He taught the subject for several years in the BA programme in UCD and was also a visiting lecturer on the Communications Degree course DCU.
ANDREW PIERCE: has a background in historical theology and is an assistant professor in the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD. He is involved in a variety of ecumenical projects – both grassroots and academic.
PATRICK QUINN: PhD, has taught in third-level and adult education for more than 30 years with extensive publications in philosophy and education and a series of programmes on these topics on RTÉ radio and television.
RUZICA RUANE: Qualified native German speaker. Many years’ experience of teaching German to adults and students.
CATHRIONA RUSSELL: is Assistant Professor of Theology in TCD. Her research interests include Theological perspective in Environmental Ethics and Hermeneutics, Science and Religion, Theological Anthropology, Research Ethics and Medical Ethics.
SABINE SCHRATZ OP: Dr. theol. (University of Münster), MA Medieval and Modern History, is director of Lumen. She has published in the fields of Church History and liturgical praxis and taught in third-level and adult education.
MARIANNE SMULDERS: Graduate of the Irish Yoga Association, with years of experience in this field.
DÁIRE STEVENSON: BA, Irish and Economics, H.Dip. UCD. Experienced Irish teacher of both children and adults.
BERNARD TREACY OP: Director of Dominican Publications and editor of Doctrine & Life. With a background in theology and civil law, he has a special interest in issues of Church and state.
ENQUIRIES: Tel: 01-288 2075 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDRESS: Lumen · Dominican Centre, Sion Hill Campus, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94 A3C7.
FEES: are payable in advance as classes may be cancelled if numbers booking for them are insufficient.Booking forms and cheques, made out to Lumen Dominican
Centre, may be posted to the above address. Cash is acceptable if one is registering in person. Electronic Transfers may be made to Lumen Dominican Centre; Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. IBAN: IE81 BOFI 9011 1611 4718 28; BIC: BOFIIE2D
REDUCTIONS: A reduction of 10% is applicable to the total if more than one course is booked in the same semester.
REGISTRATION: (a) Through our website www.lumenop.ie.(b) In person at the Centre 19—21 Sept. 2017, 10.30-12.00 noon. (c) By post – at least two weeks before the classes commence. Refunds are given only if a course is cancelled by the Centre, not if one misses a class. Courses have to be booked and paid in full. It is not acceptable to pay for single classes.
OFFICE HOURS: (a) During term: Tuesday-Friday, 10.00-12.00 noon; (b) Outside term, the office is attended irregularly. Please leave a message on the answering machine.
INSURANCE: The Centre does not accept any responsibility for personal injury attendees may suffer while on the premises, inside or outside it, nor for any property mislaid, stolen or damaged anywhere on the campus.
(A) CARS: Entrance is from Mount Merrion Avenue only: the turn for this (no gate) is on the right as you come up the avenue from Blackrock, shortly before the traffic lights at Cross Avenue. Car parking is in front and also at the side of the Centre.
(B) DART: to Blackrock Station (10-15 minutes walk to the Centre).
(C) BUSES: No. 4 stops outside Frascati Shopping Centre. Nos. 7 & 8 stop at the Blackrock end of Mount Merrion Avenue – (a) beside the park, and (b) outside the Frascati Shopping Centre. No. 17 stops on Mount Merrion Avenue. Nos. 46A, 47 & 145 stop at Stillorgan end of Mount Merrion Ave. No. 84A stops in Blackrock. No. 114 stops at the DART Station in Blackrock.
PLEASE NOTE: Mobile phones must be turned off when one is attending a class. No smoking is permitted in any part of the Centre. Friday, 3 November 2017.