Thu 16 Jul
Mental Health for Christian Lawyers: Anxiety and Answers: Biblical wisdom National
Mental Health for the Christian Lawyer series
Law is frequently cited as one of the most demanding professions, with long hours, high pressure, exacting responsibilities and bullying – from colleagues and the judiciary – sadly not uncommon. For many lawyers, a client's life, liberty or livelihood may be at stake on a daily basis. For some, the Covid-19 crisis has brought daily worries and sleepless nights about money and the future of their jobs or practices. It's no surprise therefore that many report low levels of mental wellbeing, and record numbers of lawyers are seeking professional help with their mental health.
How should Christian lawyers respond? Is mental health, as some argue, simply a medical or psychiatric matter – the domain of the doctor or psychiatrist? Or is it, as others suggest, fundamentally a heart matter – to which Christ is the only solution?
This summer the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship is excited to present a special series of online events, with distinguished psychiatrists, counsellors, pastors and lawyers from the UK, USA and Australia, looking at the issue of mental health for the lawyer, to help us manage our own mental wellbeing and to support others with theirs.
Seminar 2: Anxiety and Answers: Biblical Wisdom
Just as the biblical writers faced many dangers in their time, we have been starkly faced with our own anxieties and fears in this time of pandemic. Are worry, anxiety and fear signs of lack of faith? Does God promise to protect us from all evil? How do we have our minds renewed in relation to these emotions? Does Scripture address panic attacks, phobias, OCD and PTSD? Are there psychological and medical therapies for anxiety that are helpful for both Christians and non-Christians? Is medication helpful? Can we call these "common grace remedies" gifts from God to a hurting world?
Richard Winter is Professor Emeritus of Counseling and Applied Theology at Covenant Seminary in St Louis, USA, and has served as one of the leaders of the European Counsellors Networks. He is also a psychotherapist and counsellor - who trained in medicine and psychiatry in England before – and was on staff and was director of the English branch of the L'Abri Fellowship for 14 years. He has served in a variety of pastoral and teaching leadership roles in the church. He is the author of When Life Goes Dark: Finding Hope in the Midst of Depression (IVP, 2012); Perfecting Ourselves to Death: The Pursuit of Excellence and the Perils of Perfectionism (IVP, 2005); Still Bored in a Culture of Entertainment: Rediscovering Passion and Wonder (IVP, 2002); and numerous professional journal articles. He is married, with four children and nine grandchildren.
The event is free to attend, but you must register:
- 16 July: 'Anxiety and Answers: Biblical Wisdom for Christian Lawyers', with Richard Winter, psychiatrist and Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology and Counseling at Covenant Theological Seminary in St Louis, MO [17:45–19:00]
- 30 July: 'Rest and Rhythm: a message from Genesis to Revelation for busy lawyers', with Simon Vibert, Vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water, and former Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Wycliffe Hall, and author of several books, including Stress: The Path to Peace; The Perpetual Battle: The World, the Flesh and the Devil; Lives Jesus Changed; The Diamond Marriage; and Excellence in Preaching. [17:45–19:00]
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