An Tairseach Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 Sabbatical Courses

An Tairseach buildingA sabbatical is a time to come apart and reflect on one’s life journey and on the big existential questions: Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my destiny?

Every culture has an origin story – what they tell their children. Now with the insights of modern science and technology we have a new origin story, one that is universally applicable. We now know that our universe had a beginning some fourteen billion years ago and that it has been evolving ever since and indeed that it continues to evolve. What scientists have not been able to fathom is how the universe came to be in the first place. In other words they have come face to face with mystery. This new cosmology and the questions it raises will form the basis of this course. At hand will be experts in many fields of study to walk with you as you engage in questioning and learning.

An Tairseach will be holding ten week sabbatical progammes entitled Exploring Spirituality in the Context of An Expanding Universe; An Endangered Earth; The Christian Tradition. Details as follows:

Autumn:  3 September 2017 – 10 November 2017

Spring:  4 March 2018 – 11 May 2018

The programme will include:

  •     Becoming familiar with our evolution over 14 billion years as discovered by contemporary science.
  •     Exploring its implications for understanding our place in the universe.
  •     Exploring the theological implications of this new cosmology.
  •     Listening to the wisdom of the mystics.
  •     Reflecting on themes from the Celtic Tradition.
  •     Examining our images of God.
  •     Critiqueing our present world order and exploring possibilities for a sustainable lifestyle.

Lots more information and details on how to book are available on An Tairseach website.  View An Tairseach's sabbatical brochure.