March 7, 2023 at 12:30 pm (UK Time)

This event is part of The Belonging Series 2023, a series of facilitated conversations exploring belonging through three lenses: Belonging to Self, Belonging in Teams and Belonging in Systems.

Why Pádraig?

Poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, Pádraig is a skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy and conflict analysis. His podcast Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios offers a deep dive into a poem twice a week. The positive response to this brief but profound podcast speaks of a deeper longing in us to connect with ourselves, each other and our reasons for being.

What will you learn?

We will be exploring what poetry can teach us about what it means to be a leader and a human being at this point in our history. Arguably, a quality of poetry is that it seeks to tell the truth. In a world where the truth feels slippery, the poets have an important role to play in reminding us of what was, what is and what could be. As an experienced conflict mediator, Pádraig will also share his thoughts on the role language has to play in creating a path towards conflict or a path towards peace. Because this is a conversation, you are invited to bring your questions and reflections.

What might be different for you?

We hope that you will consider reading more poetry, and reflecting on your relationship to language and metaphor in your communication. We hope that this will be a counter-space in your day, and that you leave feeling regenerated and curious about diving deeper into this enriching world.

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