Memory, Meaning and Human Identity: The place of theology in constructing the purpose of age in the light of dementia? | University of Oxford

Memory, Meaning and Human Identity: The place of theology in constructing the purpose of age in the light of dementia?

Speaker
Professor James Woodward, Principal of Sarum College
Event date
Event time
16:00 - 17:00
Venue
Christ Church
St Aldate's
Oxford
OX1 1DP
Venue details

Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

As we contemplate what old age might have in store for us there can be no greater fear than the possibility of losing our memory. Modernity may have offered us longevity but at some threat to our well-being and flourishing. This paper will explore some of the theological issues raised by dementia: personhood and identity, mind and memory, body and soul and what it is that we value in human life.

About the Speaker

James Woodward has been Principal of Sarum College since October 2015. As a Practical Theologian James has focused on areas of health and healing, old age, the practice of theological reflection, and end of life care. In 30 years of ministerial experience James has worked in a range of contexts, including health care chaplaincy and rural ministry, where he has consistently delivered sustainable growth and development in thinking and practice. As a theological educator James has taught in the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, Cardiff, and in writing and delivering distance learning materials for part-time students through The Open University.

James is Chair of Governors at Salisbury Cathedral School and a Visiting Professor of the University of Winchester.