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God Representations and God Concepts: What’s the difference?

April 23, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

A God representation can be defined as “a psychological working internal model of the sort of person that the individual imagines God to be.”

A God representation is not the same as a God concept. A person may say that he or she believes in a loving and forgiving God, but in fact his or her God representations, which are often rooted in early object relations, may actually be negative. Often people’s God representations differ from the normative God concepts they believe they should have according to the religious culture in which they live.

When: Saturday 23 April 2022, 10.30am to 12.30pm (AEST)

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Professional Development Gatherings

Given the dictum that, “There is nothing as practical as a good theory,” these professional development gatherings will integrate theory, personal experience, and faith-sharing. The over-arching theme for the professional development gatherings and the conference is images of God and self. The first two professional development gatherings are designed to prepare participants for the conference. Each two-hour professional development gathering will include: (i) preparatory prayer; (ii) input; (iii) guided meditation; (iv) spiritual conversation in pairs; and (v) a group colloquy.


April 23, 2022
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Terry Fanning
Michael Smith SJ