Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

The psychiatrist Professor Viktor Frankl recounted in one of his many books an experience a student of his had whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. It refers to a time when psychiatry was much less enlightened and sophisticated than it is today. Nonetheless, it is demonstrative of the fact that we can find meaning …

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I came across an article recently that resonated with me. It was ‘Choosing to be free is to choose to believe in God’ by Canon Niall Ahern and published in ‘The Sligo Champion’ on 1st August 2012. The article is a wonderful reflection on the words of Kari Torjesen Malcolm a daughter of Missionary parents and …

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I came across a very widespread quote the other day that made me stop and think for a few seconds – ‘A lot of what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry.’   Yes, I have seen it before, but for some reason it resonated with me that day.  Perhaps it was because I felt an …

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The text from the Holocaust Memorial Service held in Cliftonville Moravian Church on 29/1/17: In our Old Testament lesson, the prophet Micah brings to the fore a community that has suffered much hardship, but has brought justice and mercy to the forefront of their thinking.  Interestingly, there is a recognition that with such enormous injustice, …

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Friday past marked Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, and the International Holocaust Memorial Day across the globe. Each year people come together, from across religious and cultural divides to remember the genocides that have scarred humanity deeply and irrevocably. Many moving commemorative events have taken place; some have been very public events, whilst others …

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Viktor & I: An Alexander Vesely Film (2010) Screening on Thursday 26th January, 7.30pm @ The Strand Arts Centre, Belfast Part of Holocaust Memorial Day Viktor & I is about famous Holocaust survivor, Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’. Filmmaker Alexander Vesely travelled the world to document the personal and unique side …

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Spirituality, Mental Health & Reflective Practice Thursday 7th April 2016, 1pm – 5pm Mirabilis Health, Holywood House The interface between spirituality and mental health is becoming increasingly important for Clergy, Chaplains and Pastoral Carers. The emotional demands placed upon those working in pastoral care are such that reflective practice is invaluable in promoting practitioner wellbeing, …

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I’ve recently received my diploma in Logotherapy & Existential Analysis from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland (Dublin) and the International Association of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna).  I will therefore be offering Logotherapy (a meaning-centred approach to the treatment of a condition, illness, or maladjustment) at Mirabilis Health in Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, an innovative …

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According to an article published today in The Guardian reporting on a scientific paper authored by a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital led by Dr. Rachel Yehuda and published in Biological Psychiatry, genetic changes resulting from trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children. Yehuda and her …

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