The Psychology, Culture, and Religion Group:
Who and What

PCR is both an offical Group and an affiliated organization of the American Academy of Religion. Thus, it sponsors both formal academic sessions during the AAR Annual meeting each year and pre-sessions that offer a more informal and participatory format. The Group is guided by a Steering Committe elected at the November meeting each year.

Working at the intersections of religion and psychology

PCR is an informal association of scholars and practitioners in the fields of religion and psychology who share common interests in the relationship between religion, psychology, and contemporary cultures. The group's primary purposes are:

  1. to foster creative research in the fields of the group's interest, both academic and applied, though presentations given at the annual meeting of the group and through the group's newsletter and web presence;
  2. to encourage the exchange of ideas among the membership, through discussion and the announcement of research topics, course syllabi, publications, and projects; and
  3. to provide a forum associated with the American Academy of Religion for those with shared backgrounds in the fields of psychology, religion, and cultural theology.
Bringing together academic reflection, personal experience and supportive cooperation

Participation by practitioners and theorists alike has brought together "real-world" political, social, and personal issues with careful and rigorous academic reflection and sensitivity to interpersonal processes in an atmosphere of friendly, constructive, and supportive cooperation. Among the group's traditions are AAR Annual Meeting sessions in which members have the opportunity to reflect upon the multiple identities and locations they occupy in academy, clinic, and church. These truly interdisciplinary and "inter-professional" conversations are one of the practices that make PCR so effective as an intellectual community. Many participants continue to remark on these sessions as a welcome variation on standard academic fare.

For more information, see the 2001 application for recertification by the AAR, and the 2006 renewal letter from the AAR.


PCR Membership

Membership dues in PCR support resources for audio-visual equipment at the Annual Meeting. These costs, imposed by the host city hotels, have been increasing steadily over the past several years. Feel the warm glow of knowing that you're helping to enhance PCR sessions, subsidize grad students' attendance at the PCR dinner and to distribute PCR-related information to scholars, clinicians, and clergy members interested in our work.

To join PCR, go to the Membership page.