Spirituality without a soul: can Humanism contribute to spiritual development in schools?

Event
Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 19:30

Venue: The B-Bar, Barbican Theatre

Schools in the UK are legally responsible for the spiritual development of all their pupils, including those who are not religious.  Humanists believe human beings are highly intelligent animals with material bodies but no soul, so how can someone be spiritual if they have no spirit or soul?

Many Humanists argue that spirituality can be understood as a set of natural human characteristics which are as essential to those who are not religious as to those who are.  Dr Jacqueline Watson is going to talk to us about whether spirituality can make sense for Humanists, and particularly explore how Humanism might make a contribution to spiritual development in religious education.

Jacqueline retired from teaching in 2014, having spent about 20 years as a religious education teacher in secondary schools and then as a university lecturer in the field of education, with a particular interest in spirituality in secular settings.  When she retired she was keen to put this interest into practice by becoming a celebrant and a non-religious pastoral carer at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.  She is a confirmed atheist and Humanist and believes it is vital that non-religious people are recognised and valued as spiritual people, and that Humanists are well placed to offer spiritual support.

This event is free and all are welcome, although we do ask for a voluntary contribution to help cover speakers' costs

 

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