THE Alister Hardy Research Centre of which Cardinal Hume is a patron, has launched a new membership scheme aimed at those interested in the subject of religious experiences.
The founder of the Centre Alister Hardy was convinced that "one cannot study man biologically without taking into account his spiritual nature," and the Centre's new membership scheme hopes to establish membership lists and encourage articles so that people will communicate to each other their experience of transcendence.
The Centre, which is a registered charity, aims to "provide a mechanism for man's development as he seeks to understand and assimilate his transcendent nature," says John Franklin, Membership Secretary for the Centre.
"People who are laughed at in most circles when they articulate their spiritual feelings may be able to find those of a common mind through the new membership scheme," he continued.
Members will receive news letters and will be notified about up and coming seminars and lectures. An annual Alister Hardy Memorial Lecture is also planned and hopefully will coincide with the Annual General Meeting to which all members are invited.
Next week, the Director of the Centre, David Hay, will write on "Religious Experience and the Church".