Léon van Ommen

Léon van Ommen is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen and Co-Director of the Centre for Autism and Theology, with Professor Grant Macaskill. His current research centres on the lived experience of liturgy and worship by autistic people (funded by the Carnegie Trust). With psychologist Dr Katy Unwin he received a Summer Fellowship, and then Follow-On funding from the New Visions in Theological Anthropology project for interdisciplinary work on worship and sensory processing by autistic people. More broadly, working in the area of Practical Theology he is interested in the empirical and theological reality of religious practices. Much of his work is focused on pastoral needs, especially the needs of marginalised people who are stigmatised and whose voices are not heard. Van Ommen’s publications include Suffering in Worship: Anglican Liturgy in Relation to Stories of Suffering People (London: Routledge, 2016) and various articles and book chapters on liturgy, lament, suffering, joy, autism, mental health and disability. See more on his webpage: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/people/leon.vanommen/