Finding Meaning Without Religion
We can choose what we make of religion and how we might pursue spiritual matters – or not. There’s a tremendous freedom in that, but also a profound challenge.
We live in a period of human history in which, perhaps for the first time, no single religion or philosophy dominates.
While many of us feel little or no inclination to follow a particular religion, we are nonetheless conscious of what is often referred to as ‘the God-shaped hole’ – a sense of a higher purpose. We may even seek to nurture our spiritual side and deepen our understanding of how this might be achieved.
In this class, we will:
- Explore the ramifications of our secular predicament,
- Learn how people often try to fill the gap,
- Examine how successful the alternative ways to fill the gap are when set alongside traditional religious practice
- Identify some practices that you might take up in your own life.
1.00pm Welcome & introduction
2.30pm Break (times vary)
4.00pm Class finishes
'I see a pattern, but my imagination cannot picture the maker of that pattern.'
- Albert Einstein
Pierz Newton-John is a writer, psychotherapist and software designer. Pierz’s short stories have been widely published in Australian literary journals and anthologies, and his critically acclaimed collection “Fault Lines” was published by Spineless Wonders in 2012. As a psychotherapist, Pierz worked for many years in private practice and in the correctional system. He wrote a book on post-prison reintegration which for several years was provided to all prisoners released from Victorian gaols. More recently Pierz has pursued an interest in technology, working as a web developer for the not-for-profit counselling organisation On the Line.