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Transforming Work : the Conference

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Crawley Ridge

Camberley

GU15 2AD

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This practical short day conference aims to give a vision for what it means to join up our faith and our work in the realities of day to day life. You can expect to engage with thoughtful and inspiring speakers, to network with others sharing the same concerns, to hear stories of God at work in our workplaces, and to take away fresh ideas and resources to use locally. The shape of the day is below. A light lunch will be provided.

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS COST £20 BUT A PARISH GROUP RATE OF 3 FOR £20 IS AVAILABLE. BOOK AND BRING TWO FRIENDS!

Coffee from 9.45am

10am Opening Worship

10.15am Keynote address and Q&A: The business meeting that changed my life

Paul Williams, CEO, Bible Society

The modern workplace is often a place of pressure and competition. Trying to take our faith to work is not a simple remedy for stress-free productivity: it can easily seem only to make matters worse. We can end up feeling demoralised and dejected. We can resolve to try harder. We can end up back where we started. Is there a way to break through this cycle and find our experience transformed?

Paul Williams became Chief Executive of Bible Society in September 2016 having previously worked for over a decade in business in London and then as an academic theologian in Canada. He is the visionary behind ReFrame, an innovative resource for whole life discipleship, produced by Regent College, Vancouver, where he holds a Research Professorship of Marketplace Theology and Leadership. Paul is passionate about helping the Church read the Bible in the marketplace and engage missionally in contemporary culture. He is married to Sarah and they have two adult daughters, Hannah and Emilia.

There will then be two seminar slots either side of the lunch break.

Selected details of seminars are below. On the day you'll be able to choose 2 from the 6 seminars available.

First seminar slot 11.30am - 12.30pm

Shaping Corporate Ethics - Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE (Chair of Theos, advisor for a number of UK/International Companies and visiting Professor at three Universities).

Hardly a day goes by without yet another major ethical scandal breaking out in the business world. Reputations which take years, even decades to build are destroyed overnight, and all too often the companies concerned end up facing huge financial implications, often running into the hundreds of millions, if not billions of pounds (as a result of emissions scandals, agents bribing their way into contracts or the miss-selling of insurance policies - to name but a few). Whilst some company boards now include an Ethics Committee, many don’t because how they are run and what powers they should have are often far from clear. This seminar will attempt to make the case for having such a committee and offer some thoughts on how it should operate.


Managing People Pastorally - Revd Canon Julie Gittoes (Canon for Education, Guildford Cathedral) and Julian Roberts (former CEO of Old Mutual Plc).

Many of us will be responsible for the development or line-management of colleagues in the work place. How does our faith shape the way in which we offer support and encouragement within framework of contracts and accountability? Can we draw on resources from the Christian tradition e.g. the Rule of Benedict to help us think about good management as an expression of pastoral care? Canon Julie will facilitate this seminar in conversation with Julian.


The workplace, stress and you - Suzette Jones (Diocesan Health and Wellbeing Adviser)

Everyone feels stressed at times during our working life; pressure, worry, tension, anger or a mixture of uncomfortable feelings. The use of simple Mindfulness techniques can allow ourselves to be human beings rather than human doing providing an opportunity to loosen the grip of habitual , automatic reactions to stress. The workshop will look at the cause and effect of stress in the workplace and how Mindfulness exercises can be used to benefit the whole of our wellbeing including relationships at work and at home. Come with an open mind, with curiosity, transparency and a willingness to enjoy!


Second seminar slot: 1.15pm - 2.15pm

Practising the Faith in the Workplace - Dr Michael Hodson (Chair of Faith in Business Quarterly) and John McCabe (St Mary's, Byfleet)

This seminar will share experience and discuss how we practically address issues of speaking about our faith in the workplace. This will touch upon questions of relating to people of other faiths; interacting with HR and influencing HR policy about expressions of faith; relating to people in authority and exercising authority in the workplace.


Working in Frontline Care - Rev Canon Hilary Johnson (retired healthcare chaplain) Katie Moloney (manager of discharge for continuing healthcare needs patients) and Liz Johnson (senior emergency room staff nurse).

Our NHS receives excellent results when compared with the healthcare services of other nations, yet it has suffered in recent years from decreased funding and increasing numbers of patients with complex needs. We will explore what it is like to work with these pressures, while wanting to do the best for the patients and their families and friends. There will be a case discussion to help with our thinking.


Starting a Christian Group in the Workplace - Revd Stuart Sadler (Working in the technology sector, Stuart is an Ordained Local Minister at Holy Trinity Claygate, having had a placement with the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity during his training).

This seminar will share experience and discuss how one might go about starting a Christian Group in the workplace. We will cover various areas including identifying other Christians in the workplace; getting agreement to meet together; overcoming denominational barriers and differences in theology as well as the practicalities of obtaining a venue, publicising events and meetings and deciding what to do in the meetings.

2.15 - 2.45pm We close by drawing together of the themes of the day, with an opportunity to tell stories of God at work in our workplaces, and final worship.

NOTE: EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS INSUFFICIENT TAKE-UP AND WE REGRET REFUNDS CANNOT BE GIVEN IN ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.

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