Online Zoom Forum: Towards a Community of Shared Responsibilities: From Me First to Ethical and Spiritual Togetherness.

Date: Wednesday 8 May 2024.
Time: 7pm-9pm (UK time).


Format: There will be four talks, each of 12 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of discussion among the speakers and the chair, followed by Q & A.



Dr Sara Trevelyan:

Bio: I trained as a medical doctor in my 20s, later on training to become a counsellor and psychotherapist in the person-centred tradition and practised for many years. I also work as a spiritual counsellor and energy healer. Entering into my 70s these days, mother, grandmother, therapist, healer, interfaith minister, author of Freedom Found. My life has been a weaving of different aspects of myself into what feels today a commitment to living from my soul, following life’s continued unfolding with passion and full engagement.


Alison Bunce:

Title: Realising the Value of kindness.

Bio: Queen’s Nurse, Alison is the founder, leader and guiding force of Compassionate Inverclyde, an award winning social movement , supported by Ardgowan Hospice and Inverclyde HSCP. She has combined her MSc in Palliative Care and an MBA with her community nursing experiences to inspire and coordinate an extraordinary set of community activities, supporting those most in need.

This community led initiative is changing the ways in which people think and act. It is an evolving experiment in, and movement to address the opportunities and challenges of contemporary society. Alison is clear that Compassionate Inverclyde’s approach has always revolved around ‘ordinary people helping ordinary people in ordinary ways’ when confronted with crisis, illness, suffering and other difficulties. The underlying ethos is one of active kindness and collective compassion toward that which encourages everyone involved to think, and act, as each other’s good neighbours. It is a positive, pragmatic way of inspiring and mobilising people’s energy, better nature and willingness to help.

The Revd Bonnie Evans-Hills:

Bio: Bonnie Evans-Hills is a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and has considerable experience in inter-religious dialogue, working with organisations such as the EU Commission on Foreign Affairs & Security, the World Council of Churches, Churches Together in Britain & Ireland, the Anglican Communion, and the Anglican Mission organisation USPG (United Society for Partners in the Gospel). Bonnie has been involved in contributing to the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide’s Global Plan of Action for Religious Leaders & Actors. She was recently awarded the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Anila Mirza:

Title: Unity in Diversity: Embracing Shared Responsibilities for a Better Tomorrow.

Bio: Anila Mirza is writer, poet, and activist. Her extensive involvement spans the gender-based violence, equality, and human rights sectors. An expert in addressing societal inequalities, she campaigns tirelessly for equity and justice for all. With a profound understanding of issues facing migrant women, she co-edited 'Real Women: Unheard Stories,' shedding light on the experiences of migrant women in Scotland. Anila writes short stories and poems in both Urdu and English, and she authored the book 'Fire in Me.'

Rolf Billes:

Title: It takes a village…

Description: In his talk Rolf will take as his starting point his own childhood experience of growing up in a multi-generational household. From that foundation and from spending his adult life as part of different intentional communities, Rolf will reflect on two related aspects to be held in balance: getting to know ourselves as individuals within a larger group and finding our place in community by giving of ourselves and receiving from others.

Bio: Rolf is a true European - growing up as a German in a multi-national community in Romania, spending his young adult life in Germany and living in Scotland since 1992.

Rolf has worked as a Church of Scotland Parish Minister in inner city, housing estate, rural and suburban communities.

In June 2023 Rolf became the Iona Community’s Learning Development Manager and also launched his own self-employed voice coaching business under the name of Sounding from the Heart.

Rolf is married to Shirley and together they are parents of four adult daughters.


Towards a Community of Shared Responsibilities


An archive recording will be made for the EICSP archive.

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

Cost: By Donation:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Account Name: Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace
Bank Address: Edinburgh Royal Mile Branch
Account Number: 06131159
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