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Conference focuses on spirituality and addiction

The link between spirituality and recovery from addictions will be explored at a conference next month.

Titled Nurturing and Maintaining Spirituality, the event will focus on how people can recover and how churches can help. Speakers from a cross section of Christian denominations will contribute their insights and experience.

Wynford Ellis Owen

The free event is organised by Wynford Ellis Owen, founder and former CEO of the Living Room, Cardiff, a recovery centre for people with addictions. He says, “People are often intrigued why people who attend the Living Room – some, who have never attended church or ascribed to any faith – have profound and life-changing spiritual experiences. The ‘spirituality of imperfection’ is at the root of our approach at the Living Room. But this is not spirituality in the religious sense of the word. This is different: it’s the spirituality of the weak and broken, the poor and humble.

“According to the author Gabor Maté, it’s the spirituality of those ‘with large and strong passions, problematic pasts and uncertain futures’. It’s an ancient spirituality that was rediscovered by a group of hopeless drunks who were looking for a solution to a problem that doctors and nobody else knew the answer to or how to treat it. By learning through others’ failed experiences they created a way of life that would allow them to live with their ‘hopeless condition’, with their basic imperfection.

“In this conference we’ll have an opportunity to look at other types of spirituality as well – and in particular, how to nurture and maintain them.”

The speakers include the Revd Dr Trystan Owain, Elfed Ap Nefydd Roberts, Aled Jones Williams, Karen Owen, Trystan Owen Hughes, Eluned Williams, Canon Enid Morgan, Judith Morris, Eleri Edwards, D. Densil Morgan and R Alun Evans.

The conference takes place on October 18 at Berea Newydd Chapel, Rhodfa Dewi Sant, Ffordd Penrhos, Bangor, LL57 2AX, between 09.30 and 16.30.”

All those wishing to attend should contact the Living Room Cardiff on 029 2049 3895 to register or send an e-mail to

More information about the Living Room and Cynnal, the counselling service for clergy, ministers of religion and their families.


Recovery Sunday

Churches across Wales will be praying for people battling against addiction on Recovery Sunday on October 29.

This will be the sixth Recovery Sunday organised by the Living Room Cardiff to pray for those trapped in addiction to alcohol, other drugs and harmful behaviours. Churches are also encouraged to consider the practical ways in which they could help.

Download the service