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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

Online seminar this week on spirituality and ageing

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Researcher, Jenny Kartupelis

A seminar of interest to academic researchers, chaplains, health professionals, and any others who are keen to learn more about faith development and spirituality among older people. It is an opportunity to share current or recent research in areas relating to ageing, faith and spirituality. Researcher Jenny Kartupelis, who is working on a soon-to-be-published Anna Chaplaincy Audit, will be taking part.

Research symposium Thursday 11 March, 2021, 10.30 am–4.00 pm

(Bookings deadline: evening of 10 March)

In partnership with MHA - Methodist Homes

The meeting will be held via Zoom. The link for the Zoom session will be sent out once a booking is made. Booking details are at the bottom of this page – and the fee has been reduced to reflect the loss of refreshments and lunch.

Zoom will be left open during breaks and over lunch so participants may stay and chat to each other if they wish.

10.30 Welcome and introductions

10.45 Jenny Kartupelis - Relational care: older people and newer challenges

11.45 Coffee break

12.00 Graham Hawley - A dignified dying?

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Helen Hindle - Windows on the world: a reflection on how older people living in residential care homes perceive their connections to the wider world.

14.30 Tea Break

14.45 Kathryn Lord - Our church at home

15.30 News sharing and work in progress

15.45 Future plans, evaluation and close.


Jenny Kartupelis started her career in public relations; in 1998, she was invited by faith leaders to help establish a regional multi-faith body, and for her work as its director, she was awarded the MBE for services to interfaith relations. Since 2015, Jenny has given much of her time to research into, and reporting on care of older people, being given access to visit and interview in a wide variety of charitable, private and Local Authority care settings. Her work has resulted in two books about the theory and practice of relational care:

  • Woodward, J and Kartupelis, J, Developing a Relational Model of Care for Older People: Creating environments for shared living (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2018)

  • Jenny Kartupelis, Making Relational Care Work for Older People: Exploring innovation and practice in everyday life (Routledge, 2021)

Graham Hawley is a long-retired Methodist Minister, although active in the ministry of United Stockport Methodist Circuit. He carried out research in the area of 'Spirituality of Ageing' at LKH for an MA and PhD, during retirement. He is Vice President of Christian Council on Ageing, Member of British Gerontology Association and of British & Irish Association of Practical Theology. He is also the author of resource booklets for MHA and joint author with Albert Jewell of Crying in the Wilderness – some fruits of our research into Spirituality of Ageing.

Helen Hindle - I am a 5th-year part time PhD student at Luther King House. My PhD is funded by Methodist Homes and my research is a theological reflection on community from the perspective of older people living in residential care homes. This presentation is based on my findings about older peoples’ community connections to the wider world.

Kathryn Lord enjoys a playful approach to stories with unconditional regard at the heart – to help change the culture and ethos in communities such as schools, religious organisations, care settings and work places. She is co-founder of DoBeDo (a way of Being and Doing) and Stories for the Soul (well being for older adults through community, story and creativity). Kathryn offers training (online and offline) in Deep Talk, Godly Play and Stories for the Soul

Cost £10.

To book a place contact:

0161 249 2504



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