(Spirituality Association of South Africa)





31 JANUARY 2013:  8h00 – 15h00


Spirituality is decisively determined by the fact that one’s search for ultimate meaning and for a life in the Spirit takes place through discernment.


Registration: 7h30 – 8h00.

8h00 – 8h30

Christo Lombaard:  Discernment: context, orientation, definition

8h30 – 9h00

Pieter G.R. de Villiers: Discernment in Spirituality. An overview.

9h00 – 9h30

Paul Decock. Origen of Alexandria at the origins of theological reflection on discernment.

9h30 – 10h00

Sue Rakoczy. Women’s Experience and Discernment: Catherine of Siena and Florence Nightingale

10h00 – 10h30

Discussion of the morning’s papers

10h30 – 10h50


10h50 – 11h40

Annemarie Paulin-Campbell and Frances Correira: The practice of discernment, followed by a discussion.

11h40 – 12 h10

Laurence Prior: Discerning the Way to Peace: St. Francis of Assisi and the Muslims.

12h10  – 12h40

Celia Kourie: Discerning the mystical wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and John of the Cross.

12h40 – 13h15


Lunch break. Coffee/Tea will be provided.


13h15-14h45:  Perspectives on discernment.


In this slot speakers will provide a 10 minute presentation of their topic in which they will focus on the meaning of discernment in the field of Spirituality followed by a general discussion.


13h15: Gerhard Bothma: Personality and discernment. Reflections on how people discern the will of God in accordance with their personalities


13h25: Anastasia M Bukashe: Contemporary forms of Discernment: the centrality of dreams and desire


13h35: Jerome Nyathi:  Challenges on Discernment in the modern world

13h45: Dirk van der Merwe: Discernment of the wisdom of God according to 1 Corinthians 2.

13h55: Jaco Gericke: Discerning divinity per se as the epistemologically prior problem in ancient Israelite spirituality:  The case of EpJer.6


14h05:  Calvyn du Toit : The Final Frontier: Discernment in the assemblage of the city


14h15: General discussion.


14h45: Business meeting


15h00: Closure.


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