Hearing Voices: Human and Divine

Speaker(s): John Swinton
Date: Spring 2019
Length: 1h20mins
Product ID: RGDL4902L

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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.

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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.

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