‘Wellbeing’ in Faith Communities Chaplains’ retreat
Venue: Eton College
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 am
‘Wellbeing’ refers to the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy. There is much focus, in our society, on ‘wellbeing’ measured in terms of individual satisfaction. However, this retreat will consider ‘wellbeing’ as the product of a sense of living in a community. What role can school chaplains play in enhancing individuals’ wellbeing through their feelings of belonging to a community of faith? How can our spiritual traditions and heritage enhance our society’s understanding of ‘wellbeing’?
10:00 Arrival and coffee
10:30 Welcome and introduction –The Revd Steve Gray, The Conduct, Eton College
10:40 Prayer and Poetry - The Revd Dr Malcolm Guite
11:50 Pastoral Care and Poetry - The Revd Dr Malcom Guite
14:00 Tour of College Chapel and College Library
15:00 Building Peace and Interfaith Understanding - Imam Monawar Hussain, M.B.E, D.L
Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest and academic. Born in Nigeria to British expatriate parents, Guite earned degrees from Cambridge and Durham universities. His research interests include the intersection of religion and the arts, and the examination of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S.Lewis and British poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Imam Monawar Hussain is the Muslim Tutor at Eton College, Windsor; Muslim Chaplain to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Founder of The Oxford Foundation. Monawar read Theology at the University of Oxford, holds a Master of Arts degree in Abrahamic Religions from the University of London and trained as an Imam under the tutelage of the late Sheikh Dr Zaki Badawi KBE at the Muslim College, Ealing, UK. His dissertation entitled: ‘Spiritual Journeying: An exploration in the light of Spenser’s The Faerie Queene and Attr’s Conference of the Birds’, was published in 2016. Monawar serves as an advisor to a number of national charities including the World Congress of Faiths, the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion, Prison Phoenix Trust and the NSPCC National Advisory Group on Safeguarding and Muslim Children. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
The Oxford Foundation was established for the promotion of religious and racial harmony and good relations between persons of different faiths and racial groups, particularly but not exclusively by, first, educating young people and the wider public with regard to the distinctive features and common ground of different religious beliefs and cultures; and second, challenging extremism in all its manifestations.
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Detailed travel directions will be sent. Slough Station is a 10 minute taxi ride away, while it is a 15 minute walk up Eton’s High Street from Windsor and Eton Riverside Station. It is also possible to come here by car, but please let us know in advance as we might need to open up a special parking area.
Please send these details to:
Mrs Sandra Robinson
Administrator to The Conduct
School Office, SL4 6DW
01753 370 865