Professor reflects on personal faith journey

first_imgProfessor Daniel Lapsley, professor and chair of the department of psychology, reflected on his faith journey for the second event in the Fr. Ted Talk series held in honor of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.In the talk in Reckers on Thursday night, Lapsley said the journey of faith forces people to confront two fundamental questions.“The journey of faith, as I understand it, is an attempt to answer two really important questions. The first is: Who am I? This is the great identity question. This is the question that becomes especially compelling to adolescents and adults,” he said. “The second question was actually asked by Jesus: Who is the son of man?”Lapsley said these questions can’t be fully answered until one’s journey of faith is fully developed into a narrative.“I want to elevate the category of narrative and story to equal footing with the metaphor of journey,” he said. “Coming to grips with faith is not just a journey, it’s being able to tell a narrative. It’s being able to tell a story. It’s an attempt to find interweaving of the two great questions I posed. … Our journey does not make sense until we develop it into a narrative that makes sense.”A person’s narrative is constantly evolving and tries to make sense of the past, present and future, Lapsley said.“You’re trying to make sense of what your life has been prior to coming to Notre Dame, trying to wrestle with what life is like now and what you promise to be in the future,” he said. “In the decades ahead of you, you’re going to try to keep the narrative going. The story you’ve constructed for yourself from childhood through adolescence is not going to be the same story when you’re 30, and 40, and 50 and beyond.”Lapsley said his narrative changed drastically when he reached middle school and faltered in his religious beliefs.“I was a religious boy, very pious. I took ritual and pietism seriously,” he said. “But [in middle school] I’m sort of trying to figure out who I am. I’m trying to answer the identity question. … I was pushing back against borrowed ideas. I’m trying to carve out a sense of self, I’m trying to write my own narrative.”This sudden decrease in faith, Lapsley said, is very common among adolescents.“From early adolescence to late adolescence, ritual observance, religiosity among adolescents, declines into the university years — religiosity declines, but spirituality increases,” he said. “Answering the question who am I and who do you say I am are going to be interwoven … but sometimes this bumps up against developmental challenges, which kind of breaks the story apart, as you try to write a better narrative.”Part of his journey of faith was reconciling the different storylines of his narrative, Lapsley said.“As I struggle to keep the narrative going, a couple of other storylines come into my story,” he said. “One storyline is that as a scientist — I’m committed to naturalism in ethics and in science. So that means that transcendental or metaphysical or supernatural things kind of bump in. It’s hard to make that fit into a narrative. … I take solace in the fact that empiricism has it’s home in Catholicism.”Lapsley said being a member of the Notre Dame community helped him to reconnect with his faith.“I felt like it was the hand of God. I felt like this was not an accident, that somehow it was providential that I was here,” he said. “I began to reflect on this. I began to go to daily mass at the Basilica, I began to get in touch with my faith life again. … I just felt a deeper connection to the faith community here.”Tags: Faith, faith narrative, Fr. Ted Talks, journeylast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Lena Hall, Kristin Chenoweth & Amanda Seyfried

first_imgAssume the Position at PermissionBegins May 20 at the Lucille Lortel TheatreMarried couples frequently take inspiration from other married couples. Typically, it involves things like easy dinner ideas and Netflix recommendations. In Robert Askins’ drama Permission, Eric (Justin Bartha) and Cynthia (Elizabeth Reaser) decide to follow their friends’ lead and make Christian Domestic Discipline the basis of their marriage. This kind of marital overhaul—think a new moral code and role-playing—doesn’t come without consequences. You should see what they are. Click for tickets! Celebrate Spring Break, Broadway-StyleMay 21 at the Diamond Horseshoe“Spring break” is a phrase that conjures memories involving warm beer, wife beaters, and regret. In New York, it’s a much different (and far better) story. Broadway the Hardway’s Spring Break Festival features performances from two stars’ kick-ass bands—Lena Hall’s the Deafening and Lauren Worsham’s Sky-Pony—at a terrific indoor venue. And if you want to get into trouble, go for it. Tomorrow is Friday. The week is basically over. Click for tickets! Check in to the Grand HotelMay 24 at 54 BelowCancel your Sunday plans of worrying about Monday! 54 Below hosts a 25th anniversary concert for Grand Hotel, the classic Broadway musical. The best part about 54 Sings Grand Hotel is the talent involved. Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi and Tony nominees Karen Akers, Tim Jerome and Walter Willison—all original cast members—have reserved a room, so to speak. You should too. Two shows only: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Click for tickets! Star Files View Comments Hey you, mixing sinus medication with your iced coffee. We know allergy season is holding you hostage, but you can’t have pollen and his pernicious pals prick your plans. No way! We have Lena Hall and Lauren Worsham rocking out, a Grand Hotel reunion concert and debuts and premieres galore. Forget about blowing your nose. Open your eyes for this week’s picks! Take Two Hit Musicals HomeIn stores and online May 19If you like to collect cast albums, today is like Christmas combined with your birthday added on to the first day of summer. An updated version of Fun Home and an all-new On the Twentieth Century—two Tony-nominated gems—are released today. So grab a hairbrush, call some friends, and get ready to put on a show. Or you can just listen to them quietly on the subway. It’s totally your call. Have a Second Stage SleepoverBegins May 19 at the Tony Kiser TheatreThat master chronicler of modern-day relationships, Neil LaBute, returns to the stage with The Way We Get By. If that doesn’t get you excited, perhaps this will: Thomas Sadoski (a LaBute veteran) and Amanda Seyfried play Beth and Doug, who wake up after a one-night stand having to deal with “love, lust, and the whole damn thing.” Expect crackling dialogue and exquisite performances from the two talented headliners. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

UK National Employment Savings Trust appoints chief executive

first_imgDean began her secondment as interim director for policy and product development and became a permanent member in 2014, in a continuation of the role.Before her first secondment to PADA, Dean spent 30 years as a civil servant, lastly within the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) developing the policy that laid foundations for the creation of NEST.She also worked on the creation of the pension forecasting IT system, and policy that introduced the second-state pension, which allowed accrual based on national insurance contributions.Jones – who leaves after eight years with the provider, having served as its founding chief executive – will step down later this year.This week, NEST revealed its plans for its future offering after the UK government removed compulsory annuitisation.Dean will now oversee the implementation of a complex blend between income drawdown, deferred annuities and cash accounts, as the provider aims to create a default system for members. The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) will appoint its head of product and marketing as chief executive after Tim Jones steps down later this year.Helen Dean will take on her new responsibilities in the autumn.Dean, currently an executive director, becomes NEST’s second chief executive.She was initially seconded from central government to the provider while it was still called the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), before the official rollout of auto-enrolment.last_img read more

LR gives AIP for Japanese LNG-powered coal carrier

first_imgMitsui O.S.K. Lines. (MOL) said that together with Tohoku Electric Power and Namura Shipbuilding have received an approval in principle (AIP) from Lloyd’s Register for the design of an LNG-powered coal carrier.The three companies have moved ahead with this project and recently conducted a hazard identification study (HAZID), and finished the basic design, MOL said on Wednesday.This is Japan’s first joint acquisition by three companies, a shipping company, cargo owner, and shipbuilder, of an AIP for a vessel powered by LNG.The vessel design ensures sufficient cargo capacity without making the hull larger by installing the LNG fuel tank at the stern.In addition, the study is pursued based on the installation of the tank cover with an eye toward preventing an onboard fire from spreading to the LNG fuel tank while streamlining inspection work, MOL said.last_img read more

Women at greater danger from pokies

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 18 Feb 2012THE number of women gambling is increasing and ease of access to poker machines is a key factor in producing problem gambling in women, new government funded research has found. The new report by the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre, Women and Gambling: Issues of Difference found women are likely than men to become problem gamblers later in life and take longer to recover from problem gambling. ”Women are more likely to gamble in ways that are comparatively isolated, that require low or no levels of social interaction and are likely to be motivated to gamble as an escape from problems,” the research found.….. Samiro Douglas from the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange said she believed gambling problems were under-reported by women. ”Women do not disclose gambling problems easily… how would a woman balance the perception of herself as being a good mother and also a gambler? I think think there is a greater stigma for a woman to say she has got a problem with the pokies,” she said. ”It is kind of like spending your money on the pokies and being a good mother doesn’t equate, society would really judge that more.”She said this stigma may prevent some women seeking help. read more