Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Free Lectures at Ambrose University College

Ambrose University College has Visiting Professor John Swinton from the University of Aberdeen teaching one of their winter modular courses February 16 - 20. But -- amazingly generously -- they are offering six free lectures to the public! Read more:

You are invited to the following free public events:

Tuesday February 16
"A Practical Theology of Health" 1 - 2:30pm
"A Practical Theology of Christian Healing" 2:45 - 4:00pm

Friday February 19
"When the Darkness overcomes: The Question of Suicide" 1 - 2:30pm
"Ministry with People who have Depression" 2:45 - 4:00pm

Monday February 22
"Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil" 7 - 9:00pm

Tuesday February 23
"Together we are the Body of Christ: Disability, Humanness and the Importance of Being a Creature" 11:15 -12:15pm

John Swinton holds the chair in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. He is also an honorary Professor at Aberdeen's Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing. Professor Swinton is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland who worked for 16 years as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and learning disabilities. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital chaplain and a community mental health chaplain. Professor Swinton's areas of research include mental health studies, the relationship between spirituality and health and the theology of disability. He has published widely within these fields His books include Raging With Compassion: Pastoral responses to the problem of evil.(2007) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. Practical theology and qualitative research methods. (2006) London: SCM Press (With Dr. Harriet Mowat) Resurrecting the Person: Friendship and the Care of People with Mental Health Problems Nashville: Abingdon (2000), Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a "Forgotten" Dimension London: Jessica Kingsley (2001), Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas' Essays on Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology New York: Haworth Press (2005), and Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church (With Brian Brock) London: T&T Clarke (2007)

In 2004 Professor Swinton founded the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen. ( www.abdn.ac.uk/cshad ) The Centre has a dual focus on a) the relationship between theology, spirituality and contemporary healthcare practices and b) the theology of disability. It is a multidisciplinary project which aims to enable researchers, practitioner and educators to work together to develop innovative and creative research projects and teaching initiatives.

All events are held at Ambrose University College, 150 Ambrose Circle SW, Calgary; phone (403) 410-2000.

For further information, contact swintonlectureship@ambrose.edu .

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