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The Selwyn Institute

In the spirit of ageing well

2018 Ageing and Spirituality Conference


Selwyn Village theatre, 43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland
Thursday, 1 November 2018

Agenda

7.30am

Registration, tea and coffee   
8.30am

Mihi and Waiata

Kahu Pou

10mins

8.40am

Welcome and Karakia

Lucy Nguyen

(Chaplain, The Selwyn Foundation)

15mins 

8.45am

Opening Address 

Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts

(Director, The Selwyn Institute) 

30mins
9.15am

Chicken or egg? 

Dr Gary Cheung

(Old age Psychiatrist and researcher, University of Auckland)

45mins

10.00am Morning tea  
10.25am

Perspectives on belonging: Buddhism

Hanya Gallagher

(Zen Priest, Auckland Zen Centre)

20mins

10.50am

Perspectives on belonging: Agnostic

Dwight Whitney

(Author)

 20mins

11.15am

Perspectives on belonging: Chaplain

Lucy Nguyen

(Chaplain, The Selwyn Foundation)

 20mins

11.40am

Perspectives on belonging: Muslim  

Mohammad Almodarresi

20mins

12.00pm Lunch  
12.45pm

Perspectives on belonging: Tangata Whenua

Geremy Hema,

(Kaiarahi/ Iwi Relationships Adviser,

The University of Auckland)

 20mins

1.10pm

Perspectives on belonging: Pasifika

The Reverend Dr Frank Smith

20mins

1.30pm

Questions and summary: on belonging

Hilda Johnson-Bogaerts

(Director, The Selwyn Institute)              

15mins

1.45pm

The councils work relating to investing in Aucklanders

Teena Abbey

(Auckland Council)

30mins

2.15pm

The Art of belonging

Mallika Krishnamurthy

(Selwyn Centre Community Liason)

15mins
2.30pm Afternoon tea  
2.45pm

The Household of Faith: Christian spirituality in the formation of community

The Right Reverend Ross Bay

(Bishop of Auckland, Diocese of Auckland)

 40mins

3.25pm

Closing Address

Dr. Peter Huggard

(Deputy Chair, The Selwyn Foundation Board)                                                                       

 10mins

3:35pm

Closure

Lucy Nguyen

(Chaplain, The Selwyn Foundation)

 

Selwyn Village Theatre

43 Target St, Point Chevalier, Auckland

Are we longing for belonging?

What does it mean to belong? or in contrast, what are the ramifications and issues around NOT belonging?

Expert in the subject Dr Brene Brown says belonging is at the heart, and soul, of what it means to be human.

"It is the innate human desire to be part of something larger than us. Because this yearning is so primal, we often try to acquit it by fitting in and by seeking approval, which are not only hollow substitutes for belonging, but often barriers to it. Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance."

In light of world wide revelations that the opposite of belonging, namely LONELINESS, is reaching crisis point with catastrophic consequences The Selwyn Institute of Ageing and Spirituality believes we need to ask, and answer, some fundamental questions. 

How (and why) in the world are we losing the ability to belong?

What is this doing to our sense of being at peace with ourselves and our world?

Where do we encounter the ways and means to create, or anchor, authenticity and acceptance of ourselves to truly belong?

The irony is that the world has never been more connected. The arrival of information technology, and the subsequent creation of social media, have opened up exciting new possibilities for engagement and 'virtual' community creation. 

Yet the reality says something quite to the contrary indicating there is no replacement for authentic human engagement.

The 2018 Selwyn Institute of Ageing and Spirituality Annual Conference examine this increasingly complex and interesting conundrum about belonging.

Designed to set the agenda and search for ways whereby a significant difference can be made in helping people remain engaged and with a real sense of belonging. In a manner that is comfortable, sustainable and engaging. 

We are most grateful for the support of our 2018 sponsors and donors.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor for the 2018 Selwyn Institute Ageing and Spirituality Conference please contact us at selwyninstitute@selwynfoundation.org.nz