2nd Global Conference (2012)

2nd Global Conference


Wednesday 21st March – Saturday 24th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

The programme for the conference is available below. Delegates are listed according to the session in which they appear. Clicking on the Session Title will take you to the abstracts (where available) for that session. Each delegate is listed according to their affiliation.

Final Conference Programme

Wednesday 21st  March 2012
From 12.30
Conference Registration

Welcome and Opening Remarks

John Hochheimer

Session 1: Wandering the Spiritual Path

Chair: John Hochheimer

Allegory: A Spiritual Journey
Rouhollah Zarei

The Wanderer is Home
Martin C. Fowler


Session 2: Forgetting Self While Connecting with Spirit

Chair: Martin Fowler

Forgetting “Self” as a Means of Spiritual Growth
Einav Rosenblit

When Kids Spirituality Connect: The Sources, Sites and Storying of “Relational Consciousness”
Phil Fitzsimmons and Edie Lanphar

The Importance of Relating with God for Spiritual Well-Being
John W Fisher

Notices and Announcements

Wine Reception

Thursday 22nd March 2012
Session 3: Pedagogies of the Human Spirit

Chair: Michael Weiss

What Does it Mean to be Human?: Teaching Virtue Ethics Pedagogy in a Religious Education Classroom in Vancouver, Canada
Noorin Fazal

Experimental Pedagogies for Transforming Student Spirituality
Jerry Bowling

Learning Through Inner Listening: A Pedagogy of Spirituality
John L. Hochheimer


Session 4:  Spirituality and the Developing Self

Chair: William S. Schmidt

Spiritual Development of a Personality as a Process of Spirit Creation
Galyna P. Shevchenko

Religion and Experience: An Interpretive Approach to the Psychology of Religion
Maik Arnold

Reflections and a Proposal for the Curriculum Development in Psych-Education with an Example of a Case Study from Turkey
Duysal Aşkun Çelik


Session 5: Spirituality, Islam and Zen Buddhism
Chair: Melanie Boyd

Spirituality: An Islamic Perspective
Abulrazzak M. Alhamad

Cognative, Affective, Spiritual, Transformative Learning in an Islamic Religious Education Programme
Mukhlis Abu Bakar


Session 6: Spirituality Expressed in Music and Dance

Chair: Kerstin Shands

Music: Transcendent of Mundane?
Richard McGregor

Realising Emptiness Through Dance: Ways of Transmission in Japanese Buto Dance
Michael Weiss

No Wrong Notes–Group Singing in the Oral tradition as Source and Expression of Spirituality: A Case Study
Melanie Boyd

Friday 23rd  March 2012
Session 7:  Spirituality in the Expressive Arts

Chair: Maik Arnold

Journeys Towards Grace: Spiritual Perspectives in Contemporary Transformative Narratives
Kerstin W. Shands


Session 8:  Spirituality, Suffering and Palliative Care

Chair: Andre L. Delbecq

Spirituality Throughout the Phases of Change in Suffering
Patricia Fennell

Palliative Care within the Iranian Context: Re-Defining Palliative Care, Deploying Spirituality as a Support Measure and the Need for Cultural Sensitivity
Mojdeh Abedi

Scratching the Itch: Speaking of Spirituality in Addictions Counseling
Elisabeth Gedge and  Deirdre Querney


Free afternoon to explore Prague.
We have arranged organised trips to Prague Castle and Cathedral or to the Jewish Cemetery and Synagogue. These are being operated by a local company. Details and information will be available at Conference Registration: there will be a fee, payable directly to the tour leader, on booking a place.

Saturday 24th March 2012
Session 9: Title Spiritual Leadership, Well-Being and “God”
Chair: Patricia Fennell

Spiritual Formation for Leaders in Higher Education and Heathcare
Andre L. Delbecq

Synergies Between Home Economics and Spiritual health and Well-Being
J. Deagon

A Place for Religious Atheism in 21st Century Spirituality?
Wim Van Moer


Session 10: Spirituality and  Transformation
Chair: Rev. John R. Mabry

Screened Signs of Grace: Andre Bazin’s “Cinema and Theology” and the Sacramental Facet of Film
Sérgio Dias Branco

Ecstasy or Anxiety: A Study of the Spiritual Impact of Contemporary Architecture
Hadi Fayyaz, Ahmad Ali Heydari and Maryam Alvan Darestani


Session 11: Spirituality: The Post-Modern Self and Alternatives to Violence
Chair: Phil Fitzsimmons

Technology and Post-Modern Selfhood: A Spiritual Assessment
William S. Schmidt

Spiritual Praxis: Quaker Peacemaking and Communicative Action in the Alternative to Violence Project
Eleanor Novek and John L. Hochheimer

Development meeting and closing remarks

Conference Ends