Annual Chaplaincy Lecture: Spirituality and Mental Health
Professor John Swinton
John will be interviewed about spirituality and mental health, particularly drawing on his 2020 book Finding Jesus in the Storm: The Spiritual Lives of Christians with Mental Health Challenges.
"John Swinton has clearly become the premier pastoral theologian of our time" -- Stanley Hauerwas.
"A masterful, wise, clear, and compassionate look at the experience of those struggling with mental health challenges such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, and the thin ways these are often described by mental health professionals, Western culture, and the church." --John R. Peteet, MD, Harvard Medical School.
John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care and Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is founder of University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. John has written on dementia, disability theology and pastoral care. His 2016 book Dementia won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing.
He is an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, has worked for more than a decade as a registered mental health nurse, and has been a hospital and community Chaplain.
His previous publications include Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship (2016); Dementia: Living in the memories of God (2014); Raging With Compassion: Theological responses to the Problem of Evil (2006); and Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a “Forgotten “Dimension (2001).