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Who am I? Identity, Faith and Being Human

Location: Who am I? Identity, Faith and Being Human St Paul's Cathedral, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Contact: Jen Powell
020 7246 8337
St Paul's Cathedral, Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
More information: https://www.stpauls.co.uk/identity
Download file: Spring-2018-Adult-Learning-programme1.pdf

What is it that makes you who you are?

In the West we live with a passionately autobiographical sense of self – I am who I am so long as I can tell my own story.

Research tells us that people are more afraid of dementia than cancer because loss of identity is the worst thing we can imagine.

But are there other ways to think about this?

Beginning from the experience of people whose identity is seemingly dissolving in dementia, two of our greatest theologians will consider what it really means to be human.

They will reflect on the roles our bodies, communities, faith and memories play, and ask how God – in the person of Christ – invites us to new understandings of our humanity.

John Swinton is the Director of The Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability and the Chair in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. His books include Dementia: Living in the Memories of God, winner of the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize for best contemporary theological writing, and Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship (both SCM Press).

Rowan Williams is the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and was formerly Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a poet and theologian and the author of numerous academic and popular works of theology, including Being Christian, Being Disciples, and Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons (all SPCK).

The evening will be chaired by Canon Tricia Hillas and include plenty of time for questions and answers.

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