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Special Event : Finding Ways to Strengthen Hope and Courage
It can sometimes be difficult to hold on to hope.  Instead of feeling hopeful, we can find we have anxiety, fear and uncertainty about what tomorrow may bring.
 
Yet hope can be the key to unlocking the motivation and enthusiasm needed to create our vision of how we want our future to be. It restores our faith that we can overcome adversity and create a better, brighter future. Hope brings back our joy and strength - giving us the courage to make our vision a reality.
 
So where do we begin? How do we clear away the clutter and find our hope? How do we nurture hope so it is strong, and we prosper in spite of everything?
 
About the speakers
 
Elaine Griffiths OBE DL
Elaine is the co-founder and Chief Executive of the Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust. 
With a corporate background in the food industry and almost 25 years’ experience of working on this sacred site, Elaine has raised over £11 million in grants to save Gorton Monastery and establish the Trust’s heritage, healing, education, cultural, spiritual and community work here in Manchester. 
Elaine’s personal journey and Monastery experiences have led to other healing, advisory and consultancy roles on many other heritage and regeneration projects with churches and cathedrals at risk. This included a 5-year term of appointment as Chair of the Manchester Cathedral Council. 
The Monastery has created permanent education, training, health, wellbeing and community facilities here on this powerful sacred site in readiness to serve its highest possible purpose as a Modern Day Monastery, an alternative University and a Healing Sanctuary for Humanity.
 
Manda Patel 
Sister Manda has been a meditator and student with the Brahma Kumaris since 1981. Her experience of both eastern and western cultures has helped build bridges between people of all backgrounds and life experiences. 
In 1986 Manda coordinated the Peace Bus Project, touring 16 UK cities in support of the United Nations International Year of Peace. From 1987 to 1993 Manda coordinated the administration for the building of Global Co-operation House, the new international centre of the Brahma Kumaris, in London. 
From 1993 to 2021 Manda was the Director of the Brahma Kumaris Global Retreat Centre, an international residential retreat centre near Oxford. She was responsible for the day to day management of the centre, event planning, strategy development and the welfare of more than 30 full-time volunteers.   
Manda is a popular speaker with a rare talent for spiritual pragmatism – the translation of simple but ancient truths into everyday life.  She travels widely and in recent years she has also helped coordinate BK activities in the North and the South of England.
 
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