Person, Culture, and Religion Group
American Academy of Religion
Annual Meeting 2006

Handy guide to PCR sessions

PRESENTERS: Take a look at the PCR Guidelines for Presenters
for helpful hints on how PCR sessions differ from the usual AAR practice.

Pre- Sessions:

Main Sessions:

Friday, Nov 17, 2:00- 6:30

Book Panel:
Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls

Spirit and Psyche
in a Washington, DC, Art Collection

Experiential Workshop:
Focusing- A Resource for Therapy,
Spiritual Direction and Teaching

Friday, Nov 18, 6:30-9:30

PCR Dinner

Saturday, 9:00-11:30 am
Works in Progress
Business Meeting

Sunday, Nov 19, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Embodied Religious Practices
in Psychological Perspective

Monday, Nov 20, 9:00 -11:30 am

Joint Session:
Black Theology Group
& Person, Culture and Religion Group

Monday, Nov 20, 4:00- 6:30 pm

Spiritual Care in Diverse Cultural Contexts

FRIDAY, Nov 17, 2006
2:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Book Panel: Lee H. Butler, Jr., Liberating Our Dignity, Saving Our Souls

Mary Clark Moschella, Wesley Theological Seminary
Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
Arthur Pressley, Drew University, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies
Lee H. Butler, Jr., Chicago Theological Seminary


Spirit and Psyche in a Washington, DC Art Collection:
The Jean and Robert Steele Collection of Prints
by African American Artists

Jean and Robert Steele will present works from their extensive collection of contemporary African American printmaking, including works by such well known artists as James L. Wells, Romare Beardon, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, David L. Driskell, Faith Ringgold and many more.

Experiential Workshop: Focusing - A Resource for Therapy, Spiritual Direction, and Teaching
(based on the work of Eugene Gendlin)

John McDargh, Boston College

PCR Friday Dinner
7:30- 9:30 p.m.

It is our annual custom to go out to dinner together on Friday evening. This year's location is Full Kee Chinese Restaurant, 509 H Street, N. W., within walking distance of the convention center. The cost will be around $20+ per person. Website:

Saturday, Nov 18, 2006
9:00 am- 11:30 am
Constitution C


Works in Progress (Graduate Students especially welcome)

Business Meeting



Sunday, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Embodied Religious Practices in Psychological Perspective
Pamela Cooper-White, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Presiding

Dirk G. Lange, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
The Return of the Body in Eucharistic Practice:
Psychoanalysis and the Disruption of Ritual

Kathleen Bishop, Long Branch, New Jersey
This is my body: The interplay of personal symptom and public symbol
in Eucharistic practice

Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Food as Ritual, Mouth as a Deity: The Place of Feast in Yoruba Concept of Vitality


Monday - 9:00 -11:30 am

Black Theology Group & Person, Culture and Religion Group
Kathleen Bishop, Madison, NJ, Presiding

Monica A. Coleman, Bennett College for Women
Friendly Spirits: a Womanist Theology of Mental Health through the Lens of Spirit Possession

Lee Butler, Chicago Theological Seminary
Breaking the Chains, Cutting the Ropes, Embodying the Disintegrated: The Liberating work of African American Pastoral Theology

Trina Armstrong, Claremont School of Theology
Rot at the Core: Black Theology and Psychotherapy an Integrative Approach towards Liberation from Psychological Slavery

Donald H. Matthews, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Fatalism: An Africana Diaspora Psychology of Religion

Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Duke University Divinity School
Deconstructing the Strong Black Woman


Monday - 4:00- 6:30 pm

Spiritual Care in Diverse Cultural Contexts
Lallene Rector, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Presiding

David Bell, Emory University
The Identity Marketplace: Conceptualizing Religious Identity Development for Research and Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Societies

Hetty Zock, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Doing the Splits: The Professional Identity of the Spiritual Counselor in Contemporary Dutch Health Care

Jae Haeng Choi, Graduate Theological Union
Spirituality through Theater for Healing the Broken-Heartedness

Valerie DeMarinis, Uppsala University, Sweden
The Impact of Postmodernization on Worldview Construction and Spiritual Care in Sweden