William Bloom

Virtus Lectures 2017-2018



William Bloom, is founder and Director of the Spiritual Companions Trust

Spirituality as Social Activism”

Virtus lecture Friday 27 October 2017

in Ealing Abbey Church

We are very grateful to William Bloom for coming to speak on this important topic.

Quotation: Spiritual Maturity in Times of Agitation

“When the world is shaking with political upheaval it is easy to become distressed and overexcited. Unfortunately our vibrations of distress and agitation only make the situation worse.”

Born in London, his original career was as a novelist and publisher. He had eight books published, and had been a senior commissioning editor at Macmillans by the time he was 25. He also co-founded Advise, the first 24-hour immigrant advisory service in London and was involved in the publication of International Times.

He then took two years spiritual retreat living off-grid in the High Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco. As a mature student he studied and then taught at the London School of Economics where he gained his doctorate in political psychology. His Personal Identity, National Identity, International Politics was published by the Cambridge University Press. He then moved to work with special needs adults and teenagers in Southwark College and gained a Cert.Ed. specialising in that field.

His background also includes three years of psychoanalysis with Dr Edward Glover and ongoing immersion in psychotherapies and complementary approaches including bodywork, breath work, indigenous and pagan, and a regular daily meditation practice since his early twenties.

He co-founded the Alternatives Programme of St. James’s Church, London; is a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, Europe’s leading eco-spirituality centre.

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25 June 2017 JL