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The Roundup – Episode 4

A collective of ideas to inspire you, each and every week.

At Newbold, we believe in the power of Monday motivation.

“The Roundup” is an exciting digital collective of uplifting content that we’ll be sharing with you each Monday, to inspire you for the week ahead. We might share a cool extract from a book or a poem we’ve been reading, or reveal a song of the week that has inspired us, or just offer some tips to encourage balance and wellbeing that really work.

Our Chaplain Alastair Agbaje handpicks personal recommendations for your upcoming week:


Health tip: quench that thirst - drink water!

We all have our daily health routines - is water part of yours? Try and aim for 8 glasses of water a day, it aids digestion, keep you energised, hydrates your skin and so much more. If you find its something easy to forget, try and carry a water bottle with you on the go. To jazz it up a little, why not add lemon, lime or cucumber? Fresh.

Book of the week

Embracing Diversity: How to Understand and Reach People of All Cultures by Leslie N. Pollard

Alastair recalls May 25 2020, reflecting on what was a watershed moment for us all, to the point where his role as Chaplain of the College changed substantially, becoming Chair of the Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Group Audit Strategy Panel, where we are intentionally looking into systemic racism that has occurred here at the College.

This title is written by Seventh-day Adventist leaders across a variety of cultural backgrounds, and explores morals, beliefs, values and perspectives of a multitude of cultures. It makes for a rich reading resource for “effective cross-cultural service”.

Bible verse of the week

Galatians 3:27-28

Inspired by his book of the week, Alastair has selected the following bible verse that talks about gender, ethnicity and race.

27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.



Exercise tip: do the plank!

The plank is a great exercise to add to your fitness regime - it strengthens your core and mobility, as well as your legs and shoulders, and also helps to build endurance. Start off holding for 10 seconds, then 20, and build your way up. The plank makes for a powerful mind-body connection, but careful on your positioning - it can be an easy one to get even slightly wrong.

Song of the week:
All to Us by Chris Tomlin

When Alastair listens to this song, he feels the lyrics embrace exactly what it is that we need to be: inclusive, equal, and a diverse people - working together.