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29 August 2008

Senior Conference Epistle 2008 - preview

To All Friends Everywhere...

On the 16th August 2008, ninety-five young people and twelve over 20s met at Sibford School for a week of Senior Conference

  • Although the theme for our week was ‘Winners and Losers?’ it proved to be more of a gateway towards deeper, sometimes darker, areas of discussion
  • Tim Newell, one of our visiting speakers, spoke on his work with Circles of Support and Accountability for sex offenders, and provoked many questions
  • He talked of a moral panic that made most of us forget the need to recognise the human in everyone
  • This theme of moral panic continued with Moazzam Begg’s uncompromising description of his imprisonment in Bagram Detention Centre and Guantanamo Bay
  • His inspirational forgiving approach to the soldiers who guarded and interrogated him was at odds with the injustice we all felt on his behalf
  • His experience left us shocked, but uplifted at the strength of his human spirit

  • Ruth Jesson-Smith and Will Rowland, clerks

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