Wake Forest Clergy Event, August 26

“From Symptoms to Stories: Dementia through a Theological Lens”

August 26, 2020,   9 – 10 am

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From Teresa Cutts, Research Assistant Professor, Public Health Sciences

With true delight, I am inviting you to hear our next speaker at the next FaithHealth Grand Rounds on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 9 a.m. Our dear friend and colleague, former Bishop Ken Carder, will be sharing about learning and experience gleaned while caring for his wife, Linda, who died of Alzheimer’s disease last year, in his session, titled, “From Symptoms to Stories: Dementia through a Theological Lens.”

Ken notes that the almost six million people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are viewed largely through a medical lens of devastating symptoms and hopeless decline. But he believes that faith communities focus on stories and are uniquely positioned to broaden the lens and counter the stigma, isolation, and hopelessness associated with dementia. The presentation will identify specific theological, spiritual, and practical resources for presence and ministry with people affected by dementia.

Bishop Kenneth L. Carder is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School; and he currently serves as Senior Visiting Professor at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He also serves as volunteer chaplain in the memory care facility at the Heritage at Lowman, the retirement community in Chapin, SC, where he lives.

Ken was elected to the episcopacy in 1992 while serving as pastor of Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville. He served as bishop of the Nashville Area, 1992-2000, and the Jackson Area, 2000-2004. He joined the Duke Divinity School faculty in September 2004.

Bishop Carder has academic degrees from East Tennessee State University, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt Divinity School. Dr. Carder is the author of six books, numerous articles, and several book chapters. He also authored a video study series on Dementia and the Church which is available from United Methodist Communications. His latest book, Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Pastoral Theological Lens, was selected as a finalist by the Christian Books Award Program in the category of “Ministry Resources.”

His pastorates included the following United Methodist Churches: Church Street, Knoxville; First Church, Oak Ridge; Concord, Knoxville; Pleasant View, Abingdon, Va.; Elizabeth Chapel, Bluff City, Tn.; and Fairhaven, Gaithersburg, Md.

Bishop Carder’s wife of fifty-nine years, Linda, was diagnosed with Frontotemperal dementia in 2009 and he was her caregiver until her death in October 2019. He is the father of Sheri Carder Hood and Sandra Carder Nash and the proud grandfather of five.

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