Jonathan Aitken: personal resilience in turbulent times

13:30 - 14:30
Sep 9th 2022

We're delighted to invite you to come and meet the author, former politician and now Anglican minister Jonathan Aitken. In this interview, Jonathan will speak about cultivating personal resilience for times of adversity and change.

For more information contact Clare Martin on clare@stethelburgas.org

This is an online event. Please register above and you will receive the zoom link 2 hours before the start time. 

This lunchtime dialogue is part of our Outside the Echo Chamber series which is a collaboration between RSM and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace. The aim is to bring you into contact with high quality speakers from a range of sectors who you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to meet. We focus on some of the main challenges the country faces in a world beset by social, economic and environmental issues.

This month we welcome the author, broadcaster and campaigner for prison reform Reverend Jonathan Aitken.

Jonathan has had considerable experience of personal adversity. In his childhood, he spent three years in an iron lung as a TB patient in a hospital ward for terminally ill cases. At the peak of his political career, he had a spectacular fall from grace after being caught out telling a lie in a libel case. He served time in prison, went bankrupt and got divorced, in a period of his life he describes as “a royal flush of crises by any standards”.

Jonathan will speak to the theme of resilience with humour and empathy, from the depths of his own personal experience, and with reference to his faith journey. The conversation will also explore the question, how can we restore trust in public life when we’re grown so accustomed to politicians lying?

This event will be hosted by Clare Martin.

Clare is Co-Director of St Ethelburga’s. Previously Development Director, Clare created and led on the Radical Resilience programme and went on to be the strategic lead on our viewpoint diversity work, before stepping up to co-lead the centre alongside Tarot Couzyn. She brings more than 20 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change, and is interested in how contemplative practices can play a role in cultural repair. She has has worked on numerous interfaith projects, most notably for Nisa Nashim, the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network. Prior to this, Clare worked as a communications consultant in the corporate and charitable sector. Currently she runs a community garden on her Hackney housing estate, where she lives with her husband and 9-year old daughter.


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13:30 - 14:30
Sep 9th 2022