Here we are in July about to take a summer break to recoup our energy and plan for the future. It has been a rollercoaster for so many people as they cope with working from home, managing family and work commitments. We all need that space in which to stop and have an oasis of time for ourselves, friends, and family.
In March this year, Professor John Swinton game a thought-provoking seminar on “Spirituality and Mental Health Challenges” for Faith in Older People (FIOP). A specific challenge for all of us is how we address stigma. “It is not who I am, its how you see me” was highlighted in his presentation.
To take this forward Professor Swinton has kindly agreed to FIOP publishing an extract from his book Finding Jesus in the Storm – The Spiritual Lives of Christians with mental health Challenges which address this issue.
How can preachers and worship leaders offer worship that will assist church members in recovery from the problems of lockdown, and enable individual and congregational well-being, while they, themselves, are coping with their own stresses and anxieties? This is the question I am planning to put in the opening session of an online weekend conference […]
After listening to and learning from older people over 60 years as a Methodist Minister and 20 year’s research in the subject, I do value the narratives of older people. But I bring three questions to our subject; Why? What? and How?
Faith in Older People and the Church of Scotland Guild have worked together over several years to bring together an ecumenical group to consult about key issues emerging for older people. It was supported by Action on Churches Together in Scotland which enabled several meetings and two conferences. Loneliness and isolation …..
May the Spirit of Love be within us and between us and in these words, Amen. Here we are more than two weeks into the letting go of Lent and another two weeks into this long, complex, and wounding pandemic. There have been gifts, for sure, and I would not be without them, but this […]
At work, I think about death and dying a lot. I’m not a clinician or a carer – I don’t work with people who are ill or frail – I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with a dose of medication or a bedpan. But I work for an organisation (the Scottish Partnership for […]
In times like these it is easy to feel low or overwhelmed, and to forget that we have basic needs. It’s also easy to feel that looking after ourselves would be selfish, especially when we are looking after people who are dependent upon us or in seeming greater need than ourselves. And yet, when we […]
Christians on Ageing – originally Christian Council on Ageing – was launched with a meeting at Westminster Cathedral Conference Centre May 1982 and became a Registered Charity 1984. Early meetings were at a draughty mansion in Staffordshire. People came together to promote the needs of older people in the churches for help with their spiritual […]
The mental wellbeing of our society is critically important if we are to weather the storm created by the pandemic. However, we must also consider that there are many older people who have been affected by mental ill health and challenges over the years who need particular support. FiOP has been working with Voluntary Health […]