Medicine, Health, and the Suffering Soul

March 30, 2019 - 5:45pm
John Swinton, Ph.D.


Sadness, fear, loneliness, confusion, despair--what do we make of these and other painful experiences? Are they problems of the brain? of the psyche? of the spirit? What is the difference? When and why might we turn to medicine for help? When and why might we resist medicalization of these features of human experience? How do we accompany one another in them? Join us as renowned theologian John Swinton explores the intersection of mental health and spiritual suffering.

 John Swinton is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland who for more than a decade worked as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry and learning disabilities. He also worked for a number of years as a hospital and community chaplain. In 2004, he founded the University of Aberdeen's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. Professor Swinton has published widely within the area of practical theology, disability theology, mental health, qualitative research and pastoral care.

Reception to follow. Free and open parking to the public available in Science Drive Garage beside the JB Duke Hotel. 

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