CHICAGO, IL (August 13, 2014) — The first-ever annual faith and health symposium at North Park University will focus on “Being Present: A Faithful Response to Mental Illness.”
The symposium for healthcare and ministry professionals as well as lay leaders will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 8 in Anderson Chapel.
The event will include a series of workshops and a keynote presentation from John Swinton and a lunch presentation from Amy Simpson on supporting families living with mental illness.
Swinton is professor in practical theology and pastoral care at the School of Divinity, Religious Studies, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has a background in mental health nursing and healthcare chaplaincy and also serves as an honorary professor and researcher at Aberdeen’s Centre for Advanced Studies in Nursing.
Simpson edits Christianity Today’s GiftedForLeadership.com and is senior editor of Leadership Journal. She has written extensively on mental health issues, including the award-winning book Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.