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Why God representations matter: the intersection between psychology and spiritual direction

June 25, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

God representations have consequences in people’s lives. People whose God representations are authoritarian (that is, they imagine God as controlling, commanding, or punishing) tend to behave in ways that are aggressive. Conversely, people whose God representations are benevolent (that is, they imagine God as helping, forgiving, or protecting) tend to behave in ways that are prosocial. Positive God representations are strongly related to well-being and negative God representations are strongly related to psychological distress.

When:  Saturday 25 June 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.


June 25, 2022
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Murray Adams
Michael Smith SJ