Today the importance of spirituality is being rediscovered. Both inside and outside the structures of organised religion there is an ever-growing interest in the subject. Ireland is gradually following the European trend of developing services that recognise the benefits of integrating spirituality as an ally rather than a foe. The articles in Lamplighters are prepared by trained professionals, who have the skills to bring spirituality into diverse social contexts.
Many of the articles provide the reader with an introduction to the theological and biblical background to contemporary issues in spirituality. The psychological ramifications of issues are examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives and there is a strong emphasis on exploring issues for spirituality today such as suffering, aesthetic experience, ecological consciousness and gender roles. The voices of those suffering from mental illness, immigrants and victims of violence are presented in their own right.
The contributors to Lamplighters approach their writing on spirituality from the stance of reflective practitioners, capable of offering spiritual accompaniment to others in a variety of contexts, and with a particular focus on contemporary Irish society and culture.