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The Institute of Faith, Work, and Culture at RTS Orlando presents the annual Bavinck Lecture, featuring Rev. Professor John Swinton.

Professor John Swinton is a Scottish theologian, academic, and Presbyterian minister. He is the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy, University of Aberseen. He is founder of the university’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability.

John is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and Master of Christ’s College, the university’s theological college. Swinton is a major figure in the development of disability theology. In 2016 he was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God. In this book, he coined the word “cortextualism” to describe a modern belief that the cerebral cortex in the brain is the seat of personhood, with the result that people with dementia, intellectual disabilities, or other difficulties with higher-order thinking are viewed as lesser humans.

John is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral care. He also serves as an honorary professor of nursing in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing at Aberdeen University. In 2004 he founded the university’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. The Centre has a dual focus: the relationship between spirituality and health and the theology of disability. In 2012 Swinton was appointed Master of Christ’s College in Aberdeen by The Church of Scotland. In 2014 he established the Centre for Ministry Studies, a joint project between Christ’s College and the University of Aberdeen. It provides a broad range of education and training for both lay and ordained people. Swinton has given numerous public lectures. In 2020 he gave the annual May MacLeod lecture at the United Theological College in Sydney.  He is one of the editors of the Journal of Health and Social Care Chaplaincy. He is also a former editor of Contact: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Pastoral Studies (Now retitled Practical Theology). He is the founding editor of the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplains. Swinton is also an ambassador for Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

You are invited to stay after the lecture to enjoy lunch and a Q&A time with Rev. Swinton.



October 2
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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