A Call to be Changed: Florence Nightingale and the Meaning of Vocation

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A Call to be Changed: Florence Nightingale and the Meaning of Vocation

Sarah Mullally

Florence Nightingale is famous for establishing the modern nursing profession. But Bishop Sarah Mullally says there is much more to her than that, and that it is time to appreciate her as a significant theologian, pioneering statistician, and a profound and questioning disciple and contemplative.

Thursday 28 May 6.30 - 8pm
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She also says that in her story we can find a lens to consider our own vocations. As Rowan Williams has written of Florence Nightingale’s challenging and transformative life: ‘a calling of any kind is a calling to be changed – it is not a calling to do a job, but to grow into a particular kind of humanity’.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of her birth, Bishop Sarah will explore Florence Nightingale’s two-fold sense of vocation: to nursing and to her Christian faith. She will also explore how these two aspects have formed part of her own vocation and journey of faith, as both nurse and priest. In turn, she will invite us to ask ourselves: how should I discern and respond to God’s calling in my own life?

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally is the Bishop of London. Bishop Sarah trained as a nurse at The Nightingale School of Nursing with the South Bank Polytechnic. She became the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, and was made a Dame in 2005 in recognition of her contribution to nursing and midwifery. She left her post as Chief Nursing Officer in 2004 to pursue ordained ministry full-time and was installed as the Bishop of London in St Paul’s Cathedral on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 2018.

The evening will be chaired by Dr Paula Gooder, Biblical Scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for questions and answers.

BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please email us if you require seats in the area reserved for this.