This page provides information about the range of events organised by the Centre, past and present.
Spiritual and Religious Experience: Research on Wellbeing and Spirituality
Research Seminar Series organised by the Religious Experience Research Centre, Lampeter in collaboration with the Research Cluster ‘Spirituality, Health and Wellbeing’ of the Faculty Humanities and Performing Arts
19 March 2018
Personality and Perceptual Variables Associated with Mediumistic Experiences
Dr Alejandro Parra, Instituto de Psicología Paranormal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 p.m. in the Founders Library, Lampeter
2 May 2018
Religious Experience and the Aesthetics of Healing: Mental Health in Brazilian Spiritism
Helmar Kurz, University of Münster, Germany
4 p.m. in Arts 1, Lampeter in collaboration with the Past People, Present Society series
17 and 18 July 2018
The RERC Conference 2018 will take place in collaboration with the 3rd Annual Interfaith Colloquium on 17 and 18 July 2018. The topic will be “Spirituality: Multi-faith Perspectives”. The panels organised by RERC will take place on 18th July with the topic Spirituality and Wellbeing – Multi-religious perspectives. The keynote speaker will be announced shortly.
The fourth conference of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre was held on July 16th 2017 with the topic of Spirituality, Therapy and Wellbeing. The Alister Hardy Lampeter lecture was given by Dr Wendy Dossett, University of Chester. Other speakers were Lymarie Rodriguez, Patricia R. Souza, Dr Thomas Jansen, Rev Dr Jeff Leonardi and Prof Bettina Schmidt.
Recording of the keynote lecture given by Dr Dossett [Video recording link]
Research Seminar Series organised by the Religious Experience Research Centre, Lampeter in collaboration with the Research Cluster ‘Spirituality, Health and Wellbeing’ of the Faculty Humanities and Performing Arts.
15 March 2017: Mindfulness, Spirituality and the medical profession
With presentations by Becky Seale on Mindfulness and the person centred approach to counselling and Prof Bettina Schmidt on Spiritism and medical professionals in Brazil
22 February 2017: Spirituality and Trauma
With presentations by Cath Thomson on spiritual care of the dying in Skanda Vale and Dr Ralph Haeussler on trauma and spirituality
13 October 2016: Body
With presentations by Dr Sarah Wright on the body and renegotiating normal and Rev. Dr Jeff Leonardi on Christian understanding of body.
A series of seminars organised by the Religious Experience Research Centre, Lampeter in collaboration with the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies.
17 February 2016 - Community
With presentations by Ruth Groff, counselling lecturer at UWTSD, Swansea and Dr Thomas Jansen, Director of the Confucius Institute at UWTSD
11th November 2015 - Personhood.
With presentations by Dr Jeff Leonardi, honorary research fellow at RERC, and Prof Bettina Schmidt, Director of RERC, Lampeter
Dr Leonardi, a retired Bishop’s Adviser for Pastoral Care and Counselling, Diocese of Lichfield, is a graduate of the University of East Anglia with a Phd on person-centred approach to Spirituality. His research area is counselling and spirituality in the UK.
Prof Bettina Schmidt, professor of study of religions of the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies, is the Director of Religious Experience Research Centre since 2013. She is cultural anthropologist and will speak about the concept of body and personhood in the Brazilian religion Candomble
The third conference of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David took place on July 3rd 2016 in the Old Hall in the Old Building of the Lampeter campus with the topic of Spirituality and Wellbeing. The aim of the day was to discuss the link between spirituality and health from different disciplinary approaches.
The Alister Hardy Lampeter lecture was given by Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt, Karl Jaspers Lecturer in Psychology and Spirituality at Ripon College Cuddesdon Oxford. Among the other speakers were Dr Jeff Leonardi, Dr Penny Sartori and Prof Chris Roe.
Copies of the presentations can be downloaded below:
Being Mindful Being Christian - Revd Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt [PDF]
Counselling, Health and Spirituality - Dr Jeff Leonardi [PDF]
How We Can All Benefit from the Message of Near-Death Experiences - Dr Penny Sartori [PDF]
Clinical Parapsychology: The interface between anomalous experiences and psychological wellbeing - Prof Chris Roe [PDF]
Consciousness and Its Evolution: From a Human Being to a Post-Human
Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland and visiting student at the Religious Experience Research Centre.
6th May 2015, Founders Library, Lampeter campus, 6 p.m.
2015 Annual Alister Hardy Lampeter Lecture: Crystallizing the Angels – A methodological proposal for the study of angels
Keynote: Rev. Dr June Boyce-Tillman MBE
Professor of Applied music at the University of Winchester and Associate Professor of North-West University, South Africa.
Keynote lecture followed by a series of papers on angels in different religious traditions (e.g. angels in Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam).
3rd July 2015, Founders Library, Lampeter campus, 10a.m. and 4 p.m.
Recording of keynote lecture [Video recording link]
Abstracts of conference papers [PDF]
Crystallising The Angels - Rev. Dr June Boyce-Tillman MBE [PDF]
Angels in Jewish Mysticism - Theolyn Cortens Cert.Ed. M.A. [PDF]
Angels in Ancient Judaism and Johannine Christianity - Dr Catrin Williams [PDF]
Jinn In The Machine - Dr Gary R. Bunt [PDF]
Religious experience in Lampeter Conference
Keynote: Dr Fiona Bowie
King’s College London.
Friday 4 July 2014, Founder’s Library, Lampeter campus, 10.00am - 4.30pm.
Recording of keynote lecture [Video recording link]
An expanded edition of the papers of the conference and other contributions is available in the new book Study of Religious Experience – Approaches and Methodologies, edited by Bettina E. Schmidt (Equinox 2016).
Near death experiences and the mind-body relationship: a systems-theoretical approach
Dr David Rousseau
Wednesday 14 May 2014, Founder’s Library, Lampeter campus, at 4 pm.