Event: Day Conference: Spiritualities, True Professionalism and Aligned Action:
Discerning the True, Good and the Beautiful 21st Century Professional.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 26 October 2019.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Day Conference: 10am-5pm.
Event Description: ‘The true professional is a person whose action points beyond his or herself to that underlying reality, that hidden wholeness, on which we all can rely’.
Parker Palmer, 1999, The Active Life: A Spirituality of Work, Creativity and Caring

Where is spirituality in contemporary professionalism? Might it be part of the reconciliation of the personal and the professional in our everyday practice? Might a more pluralistic perspective – spiritualities, rather than spirituality - open up possibilities? Or are we essentially in territory beyond our ken, implicating a bridge too far to contemplate?

By way of a possible response, Parker Palmer invites us to undertake some inner work, discerning the call of the true professional, engaging in consciously aligned action pointing beyond his or her self… to that underlying reality, that hidden wholeness, on which we can all rely. How true, how good, how beautiful, is your professing? What wholeness might you want to profess, and seek to enact?

There is an implicit call to action in play - a special form of action, what Margaret Wheatley has represented as ‘right action’. She has provided a poetic meditation on Parker Palmer’s offerings that might stimulate some conferring around the combination of spiritualities, professionalism and aligned action. Perhaps it can help underpin some collective ethos-making work, around the contours of the true, good and beautiful 21st Century professional. What might we discern together?

These contributions might include reflections and commentary on:
Wheatley’s ‘found poem’ on Palmer’s Active Life offerings;
meshing the personal, the professional and the spiritual;
the challenge of ‘joining up’ spiritual activism and being professional;
contemporary professional ethics imperatives - across professions;
the interface of contemplation and action, of ‘contemplation-and-action’
a refreshing of any associated servant-leadership implications;
and/or other nominated perspectives, stimulated by the combination of themes.

True Professionalism and Aligned Action

NB: There will be no refund if you cancel your booking.

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£3 (Students). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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