Psychology, Culture & Religion Group
American Academy of Religion
Annual Meeting Baltimore,
November 22-26, 2013

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PRE-SESSIONS:

MAIN SESSIONS:

Friday, November 22, 2013
Convention Center 320

2:00 PM‐4:00 PM
L'Arche At Fifty Years:
Disability, Personhood, and Transformation

4:30 - 6:30 PM
Visionaries:
Outsider Art, Psychology, and Religion

7:00 - 9:30 PM
PCR Dinner

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hilton Baltimore- Peale A

9:00 am-11:30 AM
Business Meeting/Works in Progress

Saturday, November 23, 2013
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Convention Center-341

Healing and Therapeutic Practices
Unmoored from Religious Origins

Sunday, November 24, 2013
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Convention Center-326
Joint Session with Practical Theology Group
Religious Experiences Through the Senses

Sunday, November 24, 2013
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Convention Center-326
Psychological Perspectives on Silence in Religion and Religious Practices

 
Presessions

P22-212
Fri., Nov. 22
2:00 -4:00 PM
Convention Center-320

L'Arche At Fifty Years: Disability, Personhood, and Transformation

Panelists:
Lisa M. Cataldo, Fordham University
H. John McDargh, Boston College
Thomas E. Reynolds, Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology

P22-319
Fri., Nov. 22
4:30 -6:30 PM

Convention Center-320

Visionaries: Outsider Art, Psychology, and Religion

Panelists:
Phillis Isabella Sheppard
, Boston University
Pamela Cooper-White
, Columbia Theological Seminary
Megan Weikel
, Maryland Institute College of Art
Hans Alma
, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht

Fri., Nov. 22
7:00 - 9:30 pm

M&S Grill

PCR Dinner: It is our annual custom to go out to dinner together on Friday evening. Graduate students are especially invited to join us; we'll even pay half your cost for dinner!

Location: M & S Grill, 201 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD; (410) 547-9333
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The restaurant is on the harbor, a five min walk from the Western entrance of the Convention Center. They will allow us to pay by separate checks. 18% gratuity will be included. We have a group of tables - with 25 spots reserved. We will get a count during the meeting and can adjust the reservation slightly up or down.

A23-124
Sat., Nov. 23
9:00 -11:30 AM

Hilton Baltimore- Peale A

Works in Progress and Business Meeting

Eileen Campbell-Reed, Luther Seminary, Presiding

Works in Progress and Business Meeting (PCR Members and Prospective Members)

Business Meeting:
Kirk A. Bingaman, Fordham University
Hetty Zock, University of Groningen

Main Sessions

A23-234
Sat., Nov
. 23
1:00 -3:30 PM

Convention Center-341

Healing and Therapeutic Practices Unmoored from Religious Origins

Kirk A. Bingaman, Fordham University, Presiding

Healing and therapeutic practices unmoored from religious origins (e.g., mindfulness, yoga, meditation, sweat lodge, drumming circles, use of ritual in therapy, etc.)

Pamela Cooper-White, Columbia Theological Seminary
Gettysburg Ghost Hunters: A Cultural-Hermeneutical Study

Shenandoah Nieuwsma, University of North Carolina
Exploring a Politics of Healing:
Spirituality as a Nonreligious Health Technique in the US Military

Philip Browning Helsel, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Universal Life Energy” and the Body of Faith:
Negotiating Power and Gender in the Catholic Affiliated Health Care Centers
Employing Reiki Practitioners

Hetty Zock, University of Groningen
Compassion as a Relational Affect:
The Reconstruction of a Religious Virtue into a Psychological Concept

Ira Helderman, Vanderbilt University
If a Christmas Tree Falls in a Forest:
The Mindfulness Movement in the Buddhist/Psychotherapist Relationship

A24-281
Sun., Nov 24
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Convention Center-326

Religious Experiences Through the Senses
Joint session with Practical Theology Group

Kelly Bulkeley, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding

Religious experience through the senses (e.g., embodied cognition, dreaming, and other nonrational and “alternative” ways of knowing) and how this is legitimated in the academic environment and/or in practical aspects of research (e.g., fieldwork, case studies, etc.).

Jessica Bratt, Vanderbilt University
Embodied Knowing: A Survey of Clergy Women

James Jones, Rutgers University
Embodied Cognition and the Possibility of Spiritual Sense(s)

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, New Brunswick Theological Seminary,
Union Theological Seminary
PLAY: A Four-Letter Word in the Academy

Responding: Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt University

A24-331
Sun., Nov. 24
5:00 -6:30 PM

Convention Center-326

Psychological Perspectives on Silence in Religion and Religious Practices

Hetty Zock, University of Groningen, Presiding

Psychological perspectives on silence in religion and religious practices (e.g., ritual, liturgical, and therapeutic uses of silence and/or punitive, oppressive, and traumatic uses of silence)

Eileen Campbell-Reed, Luther Seminary
To Survey Silence: The Paradox and Promise of a Practice

Peter Capretto, Vanderbilt University
Therapeutic Silence at the Margins of Grief and Loss

Felicity Kelcourse, Christian Theological Seminary
Golden Silence, Silent Presence: Greeting the Holy Wholly Other

Brett Esaki, Central Michigan University
Japanese American Recovery from Trauma through Silence and a Polytheistic Psyche