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'Gift of Ageing' Seminar
During Scottish Interfaith Week the Inverness Interfaith Group organised an informative and engaging seminar on ‘The Gifts of Ageing’. The key note speaker was Dr. Harriet Mowatt who skilfully led the participants on a journey of discovery where participants began the journey unsure what the gifts of aging were and ended the journey feeling that indeed old age did hold many treasures.
Dr. Mowatt has carried out extensive research on how to have a good old age and the conclusions of the research offer deep insights on the importance of spirituality, self-transcendence, community and connection. Below are some excerpts taken from an abstract presented by Dr. Mowatt at the 2004 Conference on Spirituality and Ageing held in Adelaide.
Interfaith Summer Picnic
The Inverness Inter Faith Group has hosted a number of very successful interfaith summer picnics over the years.The picnics are attended by young and old alike; by representatives from diverse faith communities; by folks from near and afar, including Inverness, Skye, and Moray interfaith groups.
Whether rain or shine, the children enjoy playing in the park while the adults engage in many meaningful conversations, building deeper friendships with their neighbours in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. One year the group was unexpectedly joined by a couple from Saudi Arabia who had been walking in the park. The evening before they had been walking the banks of the river when some drunks had followed them and called them names. They told those gathered that the picnic had restored their faith in Scottish hospitality and friendship!
Inverness Group celebrated Interfaith Week with a presentation by Dr Geoff Lachlan, former general surgeon at the Belford Hospital in FortWilliam, who has made significant contributions to the development of a context for spiritual care in the NHS in Scotland.
The event was introduced by Dr T. Reddy, present chairperson of the Inverness Group. There were welcomes from Councillor Alex Graham as Depute Provost and Chief Superintendent Cowie of the Northern Constabulary and a good attendance by a mix of senior hospital medical staff and supporters of inter faith.
Dr Lachlan explained spirituality as an everyday experience for the majority of people such as finding meaning and purpose to life, rather than the less well observed practice of a religious faith as such. He described recent developments in medical knowledge which recognise the important inter-relation of mind and body and a recognition of promoting well-being as part of treatment. Healthcare chaplaincy is undergoing professionalisation and aims now to support staff as well as patients.