16 – 17 April 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Centre of Durham.
We are very excited by our 2015 Anniversary Conference and have a fantastic programme of speakers including John Burnham, Gill Gorrell Barnes, Peter Rober, John Shotter, Jim Wilson, Alan Cooklin, John Wheeler, Julie Taylor, Tonia Forster, Alex Reed and Kevin Hawkes. We are pleased that Barbara Warner, a long standing member of AFT will open and Chair our 40th Anniversary Conference. Please see the programme
Sorry we are now closed for residential bookings, but day delegate bookings are still welcome. You may wish to book your own accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham. Residential and Day Delegates receive lunch and all refreshments.
The Branch are seeking a wide range of workshops on the theme of “Peace and Values – connecting spirituality, systems thinking and activism”. Alaistair Pearson from the DEI committee in association with the Kent Branch and AFT organising committee, summarises the theme of the conference as giving prominence to the neglected and controversial “social grace” of spirituality. He explains that the conference ‘welcomes all systemic practitioners, regardless of their philosophical, spiritual or religious beliefs, extending an invitation to consider ways in which their practice can be responsive to the spiritual lives, struggles and resources of those with whom they work and the communities and cultures with which they identify. In times of political, economic and social upheaval and uncertainty, it will reflect and honour multiple and diverging understandings of spirituality, exploring how they may resonate with our personal and professional values and commitments. More than anything it will promote the importance of activism, of systemic ideas and practice supporting social inclusion, change and validation for those in society suffering most in the face of “austerity” and the crisis of party political credibility.’
Please see the events page of the website to book.