Over the last year, questions around health and illness have dominated the headlines in a way that none of us have experienced before. As always, crisis brings opportunities and also dangers. Perhaps more than ever, the world is waking up to the need to find holistic solutions to problems that do not respond well to reductionist thinking. We have discovered that a virus cannot be ‘stamped out’; that a divided society leads to desperate health-outcomes for all; that all our decisions affect the health of the whole world. Along with an upsurge in compassion and new thinking, we have also seen the growth of worrying tendencies in the measures that governments have taken and in the reactions of some of those affected by them.

In this context, the weekend event that we planned long ago with Michaela Glöckler seems more relevant than ever. We will look at questions around salutogenesis, the furthering of health and at the role of the religious and spiritual life in helping us and our world to become whole. We hope that this event will be informed by questions submitted in advance by those attending, and by the questions we gather through the days.

Friday, 7th May at 7.30-9pm via Zoom
What are the Sources of Illness and True Healing?
Talk by Dr Michaela Glöckler
followed by gathering questions to take with us for tomorrow’s discussions

Saturday, 8th May 10am-12.30pm
Discussion in groups and all together

Sunday, 9th May
The Act of Consecration of Man will be held at 9.30am in Forest Row
11 am via Zoom
The Medicine that Makes Whole – how does Christ heal us and our World today?
Talk by Revd Tom Ravetz

12pm via Zoom
Concluding plenum

We are asking all participants to register using a simple form, so that we have an idea of numbers. The form can be accessed here. Please note that you can take part in Zoom events by dialling a national call-rate number.

It would be a great help to us to receive questions in advance. Please use the form or post them to the church.

This event is open to all but we will be asking for donations to support the work of The Christian Community and of ELIANT, which Michaela Glöckler has nominated for our contribution to her to support.

Dr. Michaela Glöckler was born in 1946 in Stuttgart. She studied History, Philosophy, Catholic Theology and German Literature in Freiburg and Heidelberg Universities, Germany, followed by Medicine in Tübingen and Marburg Universities, Germany. She then studied Paediatrics. From 1988-2016, she was Head of the Medical Section, Goetheanum and International coordinator of the Anthroposophic Medical Movement. Emphasis on research, training, public health and empowerment of civil society. Co-founder of the Alliance ELIANT.

Tom Ravetz was born in Leeds, UK in 1964. He trained as priest in Stuttgart, Germany and was ordained in 1991. He completed a degree in Theology part-time at Aberdeen University, where he was working as a priest. He has taught in all three seminaries of The Christian Community and lectured and written on a wide range of theological and spiritual topics. He is a congregational priest in Forest Row and lenker (coordinator) for the region of Great Britain and Ireland. 

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