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Public Lecture

Hearing Voices: Human and Divine

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:30PM - 9:00 PM

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The experience of hearing voices is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood phenomena in mental health and ill-health. Whilst voice hearing can be frightening and deeply traumatic, it can also be a place of relationship and deeply meaningful experience. Drawing on some ongoing research by Dr. Swinton, reflect on the phenomenon of voice hearing specifically for Christians who are living with psychosis. Explore the role of spirituality and the complex interplay between human experience and divine presence. Consider how Christian communities can faithfully care with and for people living with severe mental health challenges.

John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. For 16 years he worked as a registered mental health nurse and as a community mental health chaplain. He has published widely within the area of disability theology, spirituality and health, qualitative research and mental health. His book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God won the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing in 2016.

This lecture is part of our 2019 Summer Evening Public Lecture Series.

Dr. Swinton will be teaching the class "Reimagining Disability and Mental Health" from May 13–17, 2019 as part of our 2019 Summer Programs. Learn more at

Regent College Chapel & Livestreaming via YouTube

Paid parking available at Regent College and UBC

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John Swinton

Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies (University of Aberdeen)

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