This page provides information about the range of events organised by the Centre, past and present.

Past Events:

Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre Conference 2017

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.

AHRERC Conference 2017 - Information and Programme
AHRERC Conference 2017 - Abstracts and Speaker Biographies

Copies of the powerpoint presentations and handouts can be downloaded below.
 
Spirituality within a Therapeutic context - Rev Dr Jeff Leonardi and Prof Bettina E. Schmidt [PDF]
 

Recording of the keynote lecture given by Dr Dossett  [Video recording link]

 Spirituality and Health

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.

Programme of Research Seminars 2016-17

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#

30 November 2016: Shamanism
With presentations by Mario Puljiz on Santo Daime and Dr David Wilson on Spiritualism in the UK

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

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

Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre Conference 2016

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.

Alister Hardy RERC Conference 2016 - Information and Programme
Alister Hardy RERC Conference 2016 - Abstracts and Speaker Biographies

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]

Spirituality and Health

A series of seminars organised by the Religious Experience Research Centre, Lampeter in collaboration with the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies.

20 April 2016 - Mindfulness 

With presentations by Heather Fish, lecturer at UWTSD Carmarthen and Mindfulness teacher, and Dr David Morgans, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWTSD and an ordained Zen Buddhist Priest and Monk.

17 February 2016 - Community 
Location: Old Hall, Lampeter Campus.

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. 
Location: Founders Library, UWTSD Lampeter Campus.

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.

Consciousness and Its Evolution: From a Human Being to a Post-Human

Taras Handziy
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 The 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.