‘Shame and the Church’ workshop

A workshop entitled ‘Perspectives on Shame and the Church as we emerge from lockdown’ will take place online on Wednesday 21 July, from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Drawing on empirical research, the workshop will explore a variety of perspectives on shame and the church, including definitions of shame, ways in which people experience shame in relation to church and how Covid-19 may have contributed to shame. It will also explore ways in which churches can be places of healing from shame.

The workshop has the following learning outcomes:
· Understanding what shame is and how it differs from guilt
· Identifying some of the ways in which churches can be involved in shaming
· Being aware of a range of responses to shame which engender healing from it

The workshop is a must for Christians involved in pastoral and healing ministries, as well as for those who are curious about the role of the church in providing space for healing and health. It will be led by Revd Dr Sally Nash, a Birmingham-based theological educator, researcher, spiritual accompanier and mentor. Sally is Senior Fellow at St Pardarn’s Institute in Cardiff, researcher with the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care and Associate Minister at Hodge Hill Church. Her most recent book, ‘Shame and the Church: Exploring and Transforming Practice’ (SCM 2020) emerged out of her doctoral studies. For more information about Sally, follow THIS LINK. To register for the workshop, click HERE.

The ’Shame and the Church’ workshop is being run by the Guild of Health and St Raphael, a group of people who seek to explore the links between faith and health, primarily, but not exclusively, from a Christian perspective. The Guild resources and promotes Christian healing ministry, works with local churches, publishes a bi-annual academic journal and a quarterly magazine, and arranges seminars, teaching events, retreats and Quiet Days. For more information about the Guild of Health and St Raphael, visit its website HERE and its Facebook page HERE. Contact the Guild’s director, Revd Dr Gillian Straine, via this E-MAIL ADDRESS.

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