Spirituality matters because it’s about people making meaning, purpose and connections. This hui is about continuing the conversations already underway in Ōtautahi and looking towards how we make spiritual health promotion an integral and valued part of our community.
The Aim of this Day…
- To affirm and grow the recognition of spiritual wellbeing as a key part of human wellbeing, and a necessary part of nurturing our physical and mental health.
- To explore the dimensions of spirituality that exist within 21st Century Ōtautahi Christchurch and in so doing bring people together from all ethnic and faith/spirituality backgrounds to discuss spiritual health needs
- To explore and support initiatives which nurture spiritual health and wellbeing, by forming an inter-sectoral / multi-faith spiritual health promotion steering group, to create a lasting network for these conversations
Who is this for?
Anyone who is interested in exploring and growing the rich diversity of conversations about meaning and purpose, spiritual health and wellbeing in the city.
There is no ‘charge’ as such, but a koha is welcome, and for catering purposes a RSVP is necessary by 10 April
Who is behind this?
The organising group comes from various faith traditions and backgrounds and believe that encouraging spiritual wellbeing is a key, and often neglected ingredient of our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
- Ben Gresham
- Dr Richard Egan is co-director of the Social and Behavioural Research Unit at University of Otago. His Master’s examined spirituality in New Zealand state schools, his PhD explored spirituality in end-of-life care.
- Sue Spindler Women’s spirituality, Quakers and te wairua Maori has played a part in my journey. I am part of Durham St Methodist/ Aldersgate which aims to be a centre of spirituality, welcoming people of all faiths and none.
- Rosemary Neave post-christian and feminist, passionate about the place of religion and spirituality in our society. spiritednz.com
- Lucy Daeth I’m an English born New Zealander. Since the earthquakes, my role at the Public Health Unit has mainly focused on population wellbeing promotion, particularly the All Right? campaign. I grew up immersed in Christian traditions and now find my spiritual home with the Methodists.
- Angela McCormick, Roman Catholic Chaplain Christchurch Hospital
- Vaea Coe (Ngai Tahu, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Samoan, Tongan) Mental Health Promoter
- Sande Ramage I’m Spiritual Care Coordinator at MidCentral DHB where we want to create a cultural change by having a renewed understanding of spirituality as an integral part of care. I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family, heavily influenced by the magic of story, became Anglican priest, now spiritually independent, exploring spirituality by writing about it one word at a time at spiritedcrone.co.nz and engaging in Jungian dream analysis.
- Darryn Hickling My faith tradition is of Christian origin and this now resides within the Methodist Church. I have a Chaplaincy role on the StreeTs of Christchurch. In my experience ‘Spirituality’ encompasses our ‘being’; is broad in application and is an essence to our humanity. Web
Some of the questions we have been living with as we have been planning this event…
What provides HOPE in the difficult times? What helps you flourish?
How can we help each religious tradition affirm its uniqueness while embracing the importance of other spiritual and religious traditions here in Ōtautahi Christchurch?
What if my soulfulness was valued as much as my economic outputs?
How do we measure and support spiritual health?
How can we meet the spiritual needs of people who are not interested in formal faith structures?