A Contemplative Response to Austerity


This is a free event but you must register if you wish to attend. Light refreshments and lunch included. Online registration:
T: 020 7278 2070

This Meditatio Seminar will explore a contemplative and compassionate response to the prevailing years of austerity that have hit some of the poorest communities across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. Drawing inspiration from a range of speakers and workshops, we will explore together the many advantages of balancing social action with heart inspired faith based values that seek to empower and enable both individuals and communities.

Keynote Address:
Laurence Freeman OSB, Director and Spiritual Leader of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

In the Chair:
The Rt Revd Paul Feguson, Bishop of Whitby and Chair, Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland

Bethany Eckley, Director Research and Policy at Church Urban Fund: Fullness of Life Together – Re-imagining Christian Engagement in our Communities

Very Rev Canon Derek Turnham, Episcopal Vicar for Christian Discipleship/Diocesan Communications Officer: The role of Caritas and the Catholic Social Action Network

Community Cohesion – How do we best Support our Communities – Shahda Khan MBE, Principal Partnerships & Cohesion Officer

Keeping it Real – Depaul UK Wellbeing Group: Terry Doyle and members of the John Paul Centre Wellbeing Group

Capacitar – Hands-on Popular Education Approach to Healing and Harmony – Paul Golightly, Director of St Antony’s Priory

Extra Life: Healthy Settings – A Modern Whole System Approach to Education and Social Inclusion – Abbie English, Student Recruitment & Admissions Manager, Teesside University

Meditatio as the outreach of The World Community for Christian Meditation ( directs the

wisdom of meditation towards the problems and crises of our time. Its outreach programmes engage the areas
of education, business, leadership, interfaith, health, addiction, mental health and other social justice issues.

This Meditatio Seminar has been organised in collaboration and in partnership with: 

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