For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).


GraceTALK: an open opportunity to hear an inspiring speaker addressing a fascinating topic!  Feel free to bring along some finger-food to share and a friend.

On Sunday the 4th of November Brian Ostafin, researcher and teacher in the Clinical Psychology Department of the University of Groningen, will give a talk on the interesting topic of Psychology & Religion!

He introduces his talk as follows:
“In contemplating what it is that constitutes a meaningful life, the philosopher Susan Wolf says that “meaning arises from loving objects worthy of love and engaging with them in a positive way”. This framework underlies much of my research in the areas of meaning in life and psychology of religion. In this presentation, I will review ongoing projects that could be described as investigating the psychological benefits of “loving objects worthy of love”. This research includes studies on the benefits of religious experience on forgiveness, why religion is protective against addiction, and the role of larger meaning structures in protecting us against anxiety.”

After the talk there will be time for some discussion and after that for socializing while enjoying some snacks.

We’ll meet at the Old Catholic Church (Witte de Withstraat 2, Groningen).  The doors will be open from 4pm and the talk would start at 4:30pm. Welcome to all and feel free to bring your friends as well!

P.S. Thank you in advance for letting us know via the Grace Church Facebook Group or a message to if you’re coming so we can set up the space well for you all.


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