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Remembering God: Faith in a Time of Dementia

  • Course Dates: Sat 12 November 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A succession of surveys have suggested recently that people are more afraid of dementia than cancer.

The condition has a unique capacity to strike fear into our hearts because it seems to undermine our identity as human beings, as members of society, and as Christians.

When we can no longer remember God, will God remember us? And if so, how might we be called to respond?

The purpose of this day is to explore what it means to be a Christian at a time when the number of people living with dementia is rising rapidly.

The morning session will focus around our own and others’ stories of dementia: it will explore where hope is to be found amidst the loss and pain, and how churches may respond in ‘dementia-friendly’ action.

In the afternoon, the field of view will widen to consider the challenge that the experience of dementia brings to our understanding of God, salvation, sanctification and the Church; and what we may learn from it.

This one-day workshop is for clergy and lay ministers who are looking for tools to guide their prayer, thinking and ministry, along with anybody whose faith has been stirred or challenged by their encounter with people with dementia.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

The Revd David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities for Lichfield Diocese speaks about the vital role churches can play in supporting people living with Dementia.

Courtesy of the Church of England on Soundcloud

Course Details

Sat 12 November 2016
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Peter Kevern developed his theological ideas over 13 years as a brother in the Society of St Francis and 10 years teaching ministerial candidates at the Queens Foundation in Birmingham. He has been researching and publishing on the theological and pastoral issues raised by dementia for about six years. He is currently the Associate Professor in Values in Care at Staffordshire University; James Woodward is Principal of Sarum College. As a Practical Theologian James has focussed particularly on areas of health and healing, old age, the practice of theological reflection, and end of life care.
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£50, includes lunch and refreshments