2019 Morpeth Lecture – How to Think about Ageing: Insights from Disability Theology

Dr Michael Mawson, a Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics, Research Fellow, and author of a new book on theology and ageing, gave the 2019 Morpeth lecture on 5 November at Christ Church Cathedral.

Dr Mawson’s lecture, “How to Think about Ageing: Insights from Disability Theology”, explored how insights from disability theology and disability studies can contribute to richer, more concrete understandings of ageing. At the heart of recent work in disability theology and disability studies, is attention to vulnerability, human limits, identity and relationality. These focuses are often neglected in standard disciplinary approaches such as gerontology and geriatric medicine. Dr Mawson’s lecture explored the significance of current work in disability theology and disability studies for how we understand and respond to ageing and its effects.

The Morpeth Lecture was established in 1967 in partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The name of the Morpeth Lecture comes from the College of St John the Evangelist at Morpeth, the previous ministry training and education centre of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

Listen to the 2019 Morpeth Lecture on the Christ Church Cathedral recordings page (scroll down to the heading ‘Listen online’).

 


Photos feature Dr Michael Mawson, The Very Reverend Katherine Bowyer, Bishop Peter Stuart, Professor Terry Lovat and Professor Catharine Coleborne from University of Newcastle. Thank you to photographer, Grant Killen.

More about the speaker

Dr Michael Mawson is a Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Ethics as well as Research Fellow in the Public and Contextual Theology Research Centre at Charles Sturt University. He is also the author of Christ Existing as Community: Bonhoeffer’s Ecclesiology (Oxford University Press, 2018) and co-editor (with Philip Ziegler) of the Oxford Handbook of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Oxford University Press, 2019). Dr Mawson is currently working on a new book on theology and ageing, and has wider interests in German theology and philosophy, disability studies, phenomenology, and bioethics.

Listen to the 2019 Morpeth Lecture on the Christ Church Cathedral recordings page (scroll down to the heading ‘Listen online’).