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Crossing the River
edited by Arthur Hawes with Ben Bano

Pavilion has just published Crossing the River: The contribution of spirituality to humanity and its future.

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All royalties made from the sale of this book will go to The Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Crossing the River honours the incredible contribution that Peter Gilbert made to the world of spirituality. It attempts to capture his life’s work and ideas to encourage others to continue, develop and research the role of spirituality in the 21st century.

Peter Gilbert, editor of Spirituality and Mental Health and Spirituality and End of Life Care, spent his life working in health and social care to ensure that spirituality is high on the agenda. The four main areas of his work included: spirituality and social care; spirituality and leadership; spirituality and mental health; spirituality and inter-faith.

The 16 chapters in this handbook are written by those who personally knew and worked with Peter to champion spirituality. They each offer a personal insight into Peter’s ideas and practice and expand on key themes in his work. The book aims to reveal the role of spirituality and the way it uncovers a dimension that challenges, humanises and values human life and experience, which was the aim of Peter’s work.



This handbook provides insight to social workers and social work students, practitioners, commissioners, those working in faith communities, chaplaincy, pastoral care, psychologists and psychiatrists.



Archdeacon Arthur Hawes retired as Archdeacon of Lincoln in 2008. Until 1995 he was a parish priest and hospital chaplain working in Worcestershire and Norfolk. He studied at Chichester Theological College, Birmingham University and the University of East Anglia. He has a particular interest in mental health and was a Mental Health Act Commissioner from 1986 to 1995. He chaired the East Midlands Regional Development Centre of CSIP from 2003 to 2005 and was a member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Policy Committee, co-chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum and chair of the Church of England Mental Health Advisory Committee. He has published many occasional papers and contributed to publications on theology, spirituality and mental health. He edited the book The Anne French Memorial Lectures and contributed to Jewels for the Journey, A Spirituality and Mental Health Handbook and Spirituality and End of Life Care.

Ben Bano has been a social worker for 40 years and most recently worked as director of social care and older people’s services in the East Kent Mental Health Trust. Following his retirement in 2005, he established Telos Training Ltd with a particular focus on training in spirituality and mental health, as well as the Welcome Me as I Am project, which focuses on raising mental health awareness in faith communities. He is currently co-vice chair of the National Mental Health and Spirituality Forum and secretary of the Mental Health Social Work Strategic Network, of which Peter Gilbert was a founder member. He has contributed chapters to several of Peter Gilbert’s books, including the most recent publication Spirituality and End of Life Care (2013). 


Crossing the River (cover)