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Healing Friendship, Human and Divine

Saturday 20th May 2017

One-day conference on "Healing Friendship, Human and Divine"

Saturday 20 May, 9.30-5.00 at Blackfriars, St Giles', Oxford.
This conference is j
ointly sponsored by the Aquinas Institute and the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Birmingham.

The Conference is free, and includes lunch.
Register with Dr Liz Gulliford at

Many accounts of virtue give the impression that it’s as individuals we build up “good habits”. In reality we depend on others, resulting in a “moral vulnerability” which the Fall sharpened, and which is remedied by friendship with God. This is typically restored in the Faith Community, where it lends a divine worth to human friendships. The conference will explore how human relationships can be healing, and even become channels of God’s healing friendship, contributing to the Jubilee Centre’s exploration of how communities can promote mature integrity, and to the Aquinas Institute’s research project on how human complexity and vulnerability is compatible with our being in God’s image.

Speakers include:

Prof Michael Pakaluk (Catholic University of America): “Friendship’s Contribution to Psychological Well-Being in Aristotle
Dr Connie Svob (Columbia University, New York City): “Divine Friendship in Times of Depression: Insights from Neuroscience
Dr Richard Conrad, OP (Aquinas Institute): “Nature and Grace in the Sacramental Encounter
Dr Andrew Pinsent (Ian Ramsey Centre): “Joint Attention and Virtue Infusion, in Nature and Grace
Dr Liz Gulliford (The Jubilee Centre): “Imagining With and Hoping In

For the poster for this conference see "related downloads".

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