Racism is a whole society problem – not just a problem for the BAME sectors of society
Christians on Ageing Conference Calls 2020
Our on-line gathering to discuss
Issues for older Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Christians
What did we talk about? What did we discover?
What do we hope for now?
The discussion was led by Revd Dr Joseph Cortis who is a member of the Christians on Ageing committee and Coordinator of Caritas Leeds (Catholic Diocese of Leeds). There was a special presentation by Jabeer Butt OBE who is Chief Executive of The Race Equality Foundation.
- Information on ethnicity is far more useful than race alone
- Is it true? BAME elders, single or couples, are less likely to be living alone
- If you are Chinese you have better health prospects among BAME elders
- Socioeconomic status, ethnicity and racism affect inequalities in health
- Covid-19: there ARE higher risks for BAME people, working and retired
- Life expectancy in BAME communities is increasing
- Actions taken now are full of promises to tackle inequalities
- There’s lots of good ideas and initiatives – just too little publicity
- Retired BAME people make great volunteers
- Our society is a fantastic mix – it’s worth exploring more. And we will!
The next Conference Call will be Tuesday 14 July
The topic will be on the Challenge of Grief
See below for your invitation and details
Join the gathering by sending your contact details to: email@example.com
THIS IS YOUR INVITATION
to join us for a
We may be locked-in but our minds are still free to roam. We may not be able to meet each other and exchange our ideas in person. But, we can still talk to each other and see each other talking through the technology at our fingertips. Christians on Ageing wants to use this time and the technology to look at some important and pressing issues of the day. We are going to do this by using a very popular facility: ZOOM.
We are not able to have a conference in Sheffield in September 2020, as planned, because of the covid-19 restrictions. Instead, we are launching a series of four Conference Calls, on-line discussions starting on 16 June 2020 about matters of central importance to Christians on Ageing, and us all. They will be each fortnight as follows:
Tuesday 14 July
The challenge of grief
Many older people and their families will be grappling with intense feelings of grief, particularly if they have not been able to say goodbye to a loved one in recent months. Will churches be able to take on board some of the bereavement counselling that will be called for? How should they be preparing themselves for this challenge?
- The discussion will be chaired by executive committee member Elizabeth Baughen, priest and chaplain in the Church of England and a former nurse.
Tuesday 28 July
Older people self-isolating at home
Many older and disabled people as well as younger people with medical conditions are continuing to self-isolate at home, sometimes in the company of a carer. How can churches initiate and maintain links with these people? What’s working and what’s not working? Are some apps particularly useful in facilitating video contact? Are meetings outdoors a realistic option? Could the streaming of services on Sundays be improved in a way that would help people self-isolating at home?
- This discussion will be chaired by Marion Shoard executive committee member and author of How to Handle Later Life .
The practical stuff
Each session will start at 10.30 am and run for 40 minutes and then, after a ten-minute comfort break, a further 40 minutes. After introducing the topic, the chair will invite participants to offer their own experience and reflections, followed by general discussion. We will publish a short report of each session on our website. To ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute, we are limiting the number of participants for each session to twelve, including the chair.
Joining the sessions
All you need to do to join the discussion is to register your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name and any useful background information (e.g. your church and the town where you live). You will be sent a link by e-mail which will allow you to join the discussion via the Zoom video-conference facility. You will not need to register to use the facility.
Who are the sessions for?
We are not confining these discussions to members of Christians on Ageing; they are open to all – though we hope, of course, that if you are not a member you might consider joining and supporting us in our work. Benefits of membership include receipt of our quarterly journal plus; we are currently planning a special issue of plus devoted to the issues raised for older people by Covid-19.
If these first sessions prove a success, we will hold more. As well as issues such as dementia, the plight of older people in prison, and inter-generational matters, we might also host discussions about films, books or TV programmes which bear on the world of older people. Some of the sessions would confine themselves to the Churches and older people, others could be about later life more generally. If you have any ideas for subjects or any questions or general comments about this new venture, please email us at email@example.com
If this project proves to be successful we will look into the possibility of organising an audio equivalent for people who do not use the internet but might join a telephone conference
We very much look forward to ‘seeing’ you next month.