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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

How do intersex and faith identity interact for people in Britain who identify as intersex and Christian? How might healthcare chaplains help to provide improved pastoral and spiritual care for intersex people and the parents of children with intersex conditions/DSDs? What are the implications of intersex/DSD for church policy makers, theologians, and people of faith?

> Project Blog
> Intersex and Faith Identity
> Healthcare Chaplains
> Briefing Papers
> Conference
> Resources
> Press coverage

Briefing Papers

The Lincoln Theological Institute is in the process of producing a series of briefing papers on intersex conditions/DSDs. These will be made available as free downloadable PDF files from this website, and updated as necessary during the active life of the Intersex, Identity and Disability project (2011-2013).


Briefing Paper 1 outlines what intersex conditions/DSDs are and how they have been treated medically, giving information about the causes and frequency of specific conditions. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 2 is designed particularly for people concerned with the pastoral and spiritual care of people with intersex conditions/DSDs and the families of intersex children – for example, Christian ministers, and those who work in healthcare chaplaincy. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 3 focuses on the implications of the existence of intersex conditions/DSDs for the Christian churches’ policy and teaching on sex, gender and sexuality. It is particularly designed for those involved in reviews of policy on human sexuality and gender, and for social responsibility officers and those involved in equalities and diversity work. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

Briefing Paper 4 gives an overview of the specifically theological implications of the existence and treatment of intersex conditions/DSDs from a Christian perspective. It is particularly designed for clergy and church leaders, those involved in theological education on sex, gender and sexuality, and anyone else interested in theological anthropology. (Now available to download from the resources page.)

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