Conversation #6 Spirituality & Physical, Mental & Emotional Health...
The sixth and final of our video conversations is focused on the thinking of our panellists Peter B Todd, author of "The Individuation of God: Integrating science and religion", and Professor David Tacey, author of "Gods and Diseases: Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing". Should our religious and spiritual beliefs and practices contribute to our physical, mental, and emotional health? This conversation was recorded in collaboration with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust. It was recorded as part of the wider conversations with our four panellists at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013.
Watch the video conversation here or on YouTube at:
Conversation #1 introduced the panellists and we repeat below further background information on this page. We have also opened up a moderated discussion at the bottom of this page you can contribute your responses to the discussion. Hopefully there will also be contributions in our own more restricted forum for registered members.
Background Information about the Facilitator & Panellists...
Credits and Thank Yous...
The Conversations were recorded at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School at Lawson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, on Sunday, 17th November 2013. We extend our thanks to Michael Cowley, Principal, and the staff and community at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School for the use of their facilities.
We extend our thanks to Stephen Crittenden and the panellists: Eugene Stockton, David Tacey, Peter Todd and Kevin Treston. The books of these authors are available from Amazon, Fishpond and The Book Depository through the Catholica Spiritual Marketplace [LINK]
Producer, Director, Editor: Brian Coyne
With thanks to the Committee of the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust: Eugene Stockton (founder), David Maguire (chair), Len Blahut, Brian Coyne, Anne Fitzgerald, Tony Griffin, Chris McGillion, Terry O'Donnell, Laurie Woods, Allan Walsh.
For assistance with catering and general assistance on the day of filming: Michael Cowley, Liz O'Callaghan, Carol & Len Blahut, Amanda McKenna, Allan Walsh.
Music by Amanda McKenna: "Breath of Creator" (composer & singer); "Theologica" (composer & performer).
People footage for opening titles sourced from Vadim I. Filimonov [youtu.be/6iuNSa4lJoA].
Rachael Kohn's interview with Peter B Todd can be heard in full on the ABC Radio National website at: [www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/spiritofthings/new-beliefs-for-a-new-millennium/4775964].
Rachael Kohn's interview with David Tacey can be heard in full on the ABC Radio National website at: [www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/spiritofthings/spiritual-sickness/2998984].
Brian Coyne, Editor 12 Jan 2014
What are your thoughts on this commentary?
I am often asked: "How did I come to be interested in writing a book on an Aboriginal language?" It really started almost 70 years ago when I took up bushwalking in the Blue Mountains, and a very special area there was the Burragorang Valley and its hinterland only about 15 km southwest of Katoomba. The Burragorang was first settled by non-Aborigines in the 1820s, almost primarily by ex-convicts. In more recent times (the 1990s) I began writing books about the history of the Blue Mountains including the Burragorang Valley. Two very important books (in 1994 and 1995) were "Life in the Burragorang" and "Place Names of the Blue Mountains and Burragorang Valley". During the two years of writing these two books I began to realise that in the 1800s another significant group also had formed a strong presence in the Burragorang, namely: descendants of the Gandanguurra people.