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Launch of new Institute

Posted on December 17, 2008. Filed under: Conference reports, Jung | Tags: , |

Terrific launch event on Dec 5 for Leeds Met’s new Institute for Spirituality, Religion and Public Life. Had thought it would be too long (3.30 – 7.30 ) but it was beautifully planned and executed, with an introductory talk from Stephen Paul on the meanings associated with the Institute’s title which raised a series of questions for discussion among the 120 + guests who then shared their views with a top table panel that included – ME! Was rather nervous in advance, having never spoken publicly about my beliefs or views on spiritual life but just tuned my ego out of the picture and it all went swimmingly. Mostly talked about Jung’s ideas of the religious instinct and working with the shadow to become whole, especially in field of PR. Also my own view that spiritual life does not need Capital Letters, special buildings, rituals or robes – that the challenge is to recognise all life as spiritual, not just approved bits.

Finally, a splendid inaugural lecture from Ian Markham which can be found through the above link on religion and civic engagement which took a sociological approach to faith and communities.

Feels like a great time for such a gathering to take shape – so much change in the air, and the final exhaustion of some of those material dreams……

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