On Justice & Meditation in Prisons
A Meditatio Seminar
9 & 10 July 2013 – 9.30- 5.00 pm - London
The Meditatio Centre, St Marks, Myddelton Square, London EC1R 1XX
Cost £50 per day or £80 for both days. Includes lunch and refreshments. Financial assistance and bursaries are available.
Enquiries and Registration – Email firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 020 7278 2070
In a society that is increasingly dependent on legislation to define its values and run its institutions, what is happening to justice? How do we know what is the "right" thing to do? How do we handle conflict with those who think differently from ourselves? How do we deal with people who do "wrong" things? The answers to these questions not only take us to the heart of our legal and social systems but to the heart of our very selves. This Meditatio Seminar will explore the spiritual dimension of justice revealed in all these responses.
DAY ONE: HOW CAN WE BE JUST IN ALL WE DO?
A day of dialogue with law-makers, lawyers and judges all of whom have a spiritual dimension to their personal lives:
- Helena Kennedy - a leading Human Rights lawyer and member of the House of Lords
- Richard Cogswell - an Australian judge with experience of teaching meditation in socially deprived areas
- Sean Hagan - an international lawyer and General Counsel of the IMF
- Andrew Phillips - a lawmaker in the House of Lords and Founder of the Citizenship Foundation
DAY TWO: INTERIORITY ON THE INSIDE
Focuses on prisons and how meditation can transform an otherwise destructive experience into one of spiritual growth. The dialogue will be led by:
- James Bishop - who found meditation during a ten year sentence in a Californian prison and later wrote 'A Way in the Wilderness' (Continuum)
- Sam Settle - Director of The Prison Phoenix Trust that brings meditation and spiritual practice into prisons
- Allison Waterhouse - Methodist Minister and Resettlement Chaplain HMP Wandsworth.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS on 10 july 2013
- Paul Myners CBE - Lord Myners is President of The Howard League for Penal Reform
Each day will begin with a period of meditation.
The Seminar will be chaired by Laurence Freeman, a Benedictine monk and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation.