belief systems

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Re-awakening the Sacred: Defining the Sacred

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This series explores the possibility that connecting to a deeper sense of meaning is essential to building a society that serves all of life. We will explore how we can connect to what is most essential within us and within the world, in these times of crisis and transition. Is it possible to find a way of relating to the dimension of the sacred that connects us beyond our individual belief systems? How can we honour a shared sense of meaning across real differences that separate people, such as religious identity, wealth, race, power and gender? Central to this dialogue, and to the series as a whole, is the exploration of how what is sacred or most meaningful can be brought into the heart of life, so that this dimension can be present within our businesses, our leadership and governance, our environmental awareness, food prodcution, architecture, and the basic infrastructure of every day life. We will explore these questions from a religious, spiritual and secular point of view, welcoming all perspectives. Charles Eisenstein is a public speaker and a self-described "degrowth activist". He is the author of the 2011 book Sacred Economics, which traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism and the current transition to a connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being. Peter Owen-Jones dropped out of public school at the age of 16 and went to Australia to make his fortune. Back in Britain, he began his working life as a farm labourer in South Eastern England and then ran a mobile disco before moving to London where he started in advertising as a messenger boy and worked his way up to creative director. He then followed a calling to the Anglican ministry by enrolling at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He has also been recruited by the BBC to front a series of religious television programmes looking at different aspects of Christian and other faiths.