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The Importance of Spirituality

18-09-2017 at 20:00 - 22:00

What relevance does spirituality still have in the secularised world of today? In this mini-symposium, two speakers will shed light on the importance of “the experience of the deepest dimensions of the human spirit” in two different areas of society: in politics and in care.

Ruard Ganzevoort is Professor of Practical Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His work deals with topics such as psychology, trauma, identity and homosexuality. Outside the academic world, he is currently working as a Senator for the Dutch Green party GroenLinks. He has also been the chair of that party’s spiritual platform, “De Linker Wang”, and a minister for the Dutch Reformed Church. In his lecture, Ganzevoort will discuss the connection between spirituality, politics and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) which were adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

Martin Walton is Professor by special appointment in Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Studies at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen. He is one of the initiators of the Northern Network for Spirituality, Ethics and Care and chairs the academic committee of the Dutch Association of Spiritual Caregivers. Walton is also an ordained minister in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands. His lecture will deal with the relationship between spirituality and care. ‘Spirituality’ is a trending issue in health care and medical research. How did that happen? What is meant by ‘spirituality’? And why does spirituality matter in health care?

This event is free and open to everyone. 


20:00 - 22:00


Café/Club KIWI
Peperstraat 19
Groningen, 9711PC Netherlands
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