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

Statements both bold and subtle hit the mark

first_imgThe self-contained living wing.“As soon as Brad walked in he knew by moving a few walls around and knocking a few walls out we could turn this into something special,” Mrs Welten said. “It was always a huge house but it had no flow, so we’ve basically just made it flow.”Feel mesmerised by the sheer space from the moment you step through the front door with the water vistas of Lake Hugh Muntz instantly grabbing your attention. “Brad is all about that wow factor when you walk in and see the water,” Mrs Welten said. As soon as you step inside you can see the water.The lounge area leads out to the deck and new pool as well as the lawn with lake access.“It’s a priceless lifestyle here,” Mrs Welten said. “All the kids in the area have kayaks, so on a weekend there could be 10 kayaks out in the middle of the lake and people swimming.” Also on this level are two bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry and a self-contained living wing complete with a bedroom, bathroom, lounge and kitchen. “The beauty of the granny flat is it has its own separate entry,” Mrs Welten said. “I feel like family accommodation is really important these days.” Upstairs has also been tastefully renovated — what was one bedroom and a large lounge has been transformed into a luxury master suite with ensuite, living area, balcony, two bedrooms and a bathroom. 51 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters. The kitchen features are mermaid tiles, spotted gum timber on the walls, Smeg appliances and a walk-in pantry. The pool overlooks Lake Hugh Muntz.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe void is the perfect place for a quirky chandelier, while the timber floating staircase is set off by a large render feature wall. In front is just as inviting with the dining, lounge and kitchen providing space to relax or entertain. “We transformed a bedroom into the kitchen,” Mrs Welten said. “We wanted to create a house where if you’re in the kitchen you can see the kids and the pool and also look out to the water.” Among the kitchen’s standout features are mermaid tiles, spotted gum timber on the walls, Smeg appliances and a walk-in pantry.Subtle touches of timber on the cabinetry also show Mr Welten’s attention to detail. Soak up that view! 51 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters is set to go to auction later this month.WIDE water views, earthy vibes and an urban industrial twist.Welcome to 51 Barrier Reef Drive — a six-bedroom north-facing masterpiece in sought-after Mermaid Waters.The edgy design is the work of Brad and Tracey Welten, who spent four months transforming an ’80s brick house into a statement property. 51 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters. 51 Barrier Reef Drive, Mermaid Waters.All bedrooms offer stunning water views with floor to ceiling windows. “We wanted to have the layout so you go upstairs and see the water again,” Mrs Welten said. “At night time it’s really nice, you can even see the Q1.” The pair, who have three children, Sunny, 7, Bentley, 4, and Harvey, seven months, said they would be sad to leave. “We did actually renovate this to make it our forever home,” she said. “We have put a lot of heart and soul into this. We wanted to do something that wouldn’t date either.” Nicky Cunningham of Harcourts Broadbeach — Mermaid Waters is marketing the property.It’s scheduled to go to auction on January 20.last_img read more

Trump appears to mock 16-year-old climate change activist

first_imgTrump’s climate change stance has drawn ire from many in the international community, especially after his 2017, announcement that the US would pull out of the Paris agreement.The Swedish activist seems to have brought that issue back into the spotlight.But the president  is not the only Republican under fire for his comments about the young girl.Fox News faced backlash after The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles called the teen who has Asperger’s syndrome, a diagnosis she embraced as her “superpower,” mentally ill.“If it were about science, it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left,” he said.The network later issued an apology to Thunberg, calling Knowles’ comment “disgraceful.”Despite the negativity she has faced, the young activist has also been praised by many including Democrat lawmakers.Among those who voiced support was 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who wrote on Twitter that Thunberg “was right: we are currently failing our nation’s youth by not taking swift action to combat the climate crisis.” President Trump is under fire for another post to his Twitter account this time for seemingly mocking a 16-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome.Greta Thunberg went viral after her emotional speech at the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations.In her speech, a tearful and sometimes trembling Greta accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood with their inaction on climate change.“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,” said the 16-year-old from Sweden. “Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”The Swedish teen activist has become an “icon” overnight after launching her campaign 8-months ago by holding a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August.She has even caught the attention of President Trump who took to Twitter Monday evening praising Greta but in a seemingly sarcastic manner.She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019But there seems to be no love lost between the pair, at the summit, the teen was caught in a now-viral GIF glaring at the US president.If a picture is worth 1,000 words then this GIF is worth 100,000 #ClimateWeek2019— NowThis (@nowthisnews) September 23, 2019last_img read more

Mikel, Joel Obi, Omeruo, 25 Others for Poland, Serbia Friendlies

first_imgAlso, home-based goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who stood between the sticks for the very crucial last four World Cup qualifying games (home-and-away to Cameroon, home to Zambia and away to Algeria), his colleagues in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad that finished as runners up to host Morocco, defender Stephen Eze and forward Gabriel Okechukwu, are also handed opportunities.The Franco-German gaffer also extended invites to Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi of Chippa United in the South African topflight.Russia-based Brian Idowu, who scored against Argentina on his debut in a friendly in Krasnodar in November last year, and Al Ahly of Egypt’s Junior Ajayi, who earned an Olympic bronze in Brazil in 2016, are also called.Three-time African champions Nigeria will trade tackles with the Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red) or Eagles, as the senior national team of Poland is known, at the 43,000-capacity Stadium Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March 2018.Four days later, the Eagles will take to the pitch against Serbia at The Hive, London – home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees.These are the first two in a list of six friendly encounters planned for the Super Eagles by the NFF ahead of the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in the Russian this summer.THE FULL LISTGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAfter weeks of speculations on players to make Gernot Rohr’s squad for the World Cup 2018 build up matches against Poland and Serbia, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday unveiled a 28-man list with Skipper John Mikel Obi as arrowhead.Apart from usual suspects like Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi, Williams- Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Elderson Echiejile, the Super Eagles coach also recalled former junior international defender, Kenneth Omeruo and injury prone Joel Obi to strengthen the midfield.last_img read more