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Vicar's Musings for Ordinary Sunday 30

29 October, 2017

Today we have the last in our series of Spring Seminars at St Peter's. Our guest speaker at the 9.30am and 11.00am services is John Hendry, a conference speaker and practitioner in the area of Forgiveness and Kindness. Psychologist Chris Mackey will then join with John in the Parish Hall at 1.00pm, giving us the opportunity to dig a little deeper.

John Hendry OAM (education and cricket) has spent a lifetime working in education — primarily at Geelong Grammar School where he has made a significant and lasting impact on the culture of the School and has lead the development of GGS's highly regarded Relationship Management model. John contends that institutional culture determines wellbeing and the capacity for each student and teacher to thrive. Wellbeing is fundamentally determined by the capacity to forgive. The focus on kindness and forgiveness provides the way to manage mistakes, resolve conflicts and repair relationships, thereby enhancing wellbeing. John is now a senior consultant with the Institute of Positive Education based at GGS and is currently working with schools across Australia as well as China and Singapore. He has presented at many conferences including the UNESCO conference on Bullying and School Violence, and the European Commission for Independent Schools on Student and Teacher Wellbeing. He has worked with various elite sporting clubs and the AIS on establishing cultures that enhance athlete health and wellbeing and team performance. Currently he is a consultant with Resilient Youth Australia.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society. He is the principal psychologist at Chris Mackey and Associates, his private practice in Geelong. Chris has a particular interest in promoting more optimistic and uplifting approaches to mental health, and is the author of Synchronicity: Empower your life with the gift of coincidence (2015). Chris regularly educates the wider community about positive psychology, through his fortnightly columns in The Geelong Advertiser; fortnightly radio segments on 93.9 Bay FM Geelong; as a regular presenter on the TV wellbeing show Destination Happiness; and through his practice's website: www.chrismackey.com.au

The Rev'd Dr Hugh Kempster

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