October 2019


‘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 11:30 Coffee 11:50 Pastoral Care and Poetry - The Revd Dr Malcom Guite 13:00 Lunch 14:00 Tour of College Chapel and College Library 15:00 Building Peace and Interfaith Understanding - Imam Monawar Hussain, M.B.E, D.L 16:00 Evensong 16:30 Tea 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. Registration From First Name: Surname: Position: School: Postal address & postcode: Email: Mobile / Landline: Do you have any special dietary requirements? Do you have any disability needs? 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 Eton College School Office, SL4 6DW 01753 370 865

Transforming our communities with God’s love. Chaplaincy in our own words…

Venue: Bagley Baptist Church, Nr Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4TG.

Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 am

Chaplaincy Gathering 17 October 2019 @Bagley Baptist Church, Nr Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4TG. Time: 09:30-16:00 Transforming our communities with God’s love Chaplaincy in our own words… You are welcome to join for a day exploring how chaplaincy is transforming our communities with the love of God. There will be times for worship, fellowship and good food and company in an amazing place in the middle of nowhere in the heart of Somerset! If you haven’t been to Bagley before it’s a jewel that you will want to return to. Our Keynote speaker is Rt Revd Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells. We will have short TED talks from chaplains at Hinkley, the Railways, the Police and the Courts, from Primary and Secondary School and University Chaplains and from Chaplains in Healthcare. There will then be interactive workshops on • Spiritual care at the end of life • Forest School and Camp Fire Ministry • Citizen • Developing Chaplaincy in rural areas [Wellington] • GP Chaplaincy It is a chance to listen and speak and learn, to get involved and be inspired. All are welcome, whether you are a chaplain or are exploring chaplaincy, in Somerset or beyond… As we prepare for the Gathering we are drawing together stories of the transformative impact of chaplaincy. If you would like to, you are welcome to send chaplaincy stories of 100-200 words and a photo to Mike Haslam for consideration. Booking: Flyer: Please also pass on this email to your teams and to any who you know who might be interested whether they are chaplains or exploring chaplaincy. We look forward to seeing you at the Gathering