Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: £10 which will include lunch
Venue: Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, OX5 1GF
Many in our communities and our congregations are facing mental health challenges. Mental distress is on the rise, particularly amongst young people.
This day will explore:
* what are the mental health challenges in our parishes?
* what pressures are people experienceing, and how can we listen to their stories?
* what resources do we have within our faith for responding?
* what do we have to offer that is unique to us, and how can this complement the roles of others (e.g. GPs, psychiatrists, mindfulness and meditation, drug and talking therapies)
* how can our churches become welcoming places of penness and honesty for us all as we build wellbeing?
* what can church communities do that helps those in distress, and what should we avoid?
The facilitator, Alison Webster, introduces people from the diocesan Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Group who bring personal stories and professional expertise. The day will be participatory and exploratory, with time for biblical reflection and theological insight.
Alison Webster is the Deputy Director of Mission (Social Responsibility) for the Diocese of Oxford. She is author of Wellbeing (SCM Press, 2002), You Are Mine: Reflections on who we are (SPCK 2009), and also of numerous resource materials and online publications in the field of social justice and faith. She is chair of the charity Amaka Beautiful Child, which works towards personal and social transformation through poetry, art, music and drama. Her latest book is Found Out: Transgressive Faith and Sexuality (DLT, 2017).