Person, Culture & Religion:
Annual Meeting Sessions


Pre- Sessions:
Friday, November 22
Pastoral Counseling, Social Work and Religion
International Psycholgy and Religion Program
Theater as a Pedagogical Tool
Saturday, November 23
Works in Progress
The Contextual Self
Business Meeting

Main Sessions:
Critical Dialogue between Religion and Evolutionary Psychology (Sat)

Celebrating the Centennial of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience-
Joint Session with Mysticism Group

The Centennial of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience:
Continuing the Discussion

Friday Presessions

2:00-4:00 PM

The Westin Harbour Castle
Queen's Quay 2



Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Forum

Franz Metcalf, California State University Los Angeles, Presiding

Horace Griffin, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
Gays in "Straightface:" Passing, Silence, Denial, African Americans and Gay Identity

Laura Praglin, University of Northern Iowa
Spirituality, Religion, and Social Work:
An Effort toward Interdisciplinary Conversation

[Published as: Praglin, L.J. (2004). Spirituality, religion, and social work: An effort toward interdisciplinary conversation. Social Thought: Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work 23,4, 67-84.]



International Psychology and Religion Program

James W. Jones, Rutgers University, and
Valerie DeMarinis, Uppsala University, Sweden

4:00 Coffee Break

4:30-6:30 PM

The Westin Harbour Castle
Queen's Quay 2

Acting Religious: Theatre as a Pedagogical Tool for Religious Studies

Victoria Rue, St. Lawrence University

PCR Friday Dinner
6:30- 9:30 p.m.

It is our annual custom to go out to dinner together on Friday evening. Location of the dinner and signup information will be made available as soon as we have it.


9:00 -11:30 AM

Fairmont Royal York
Montebello Room


Works in Progress

Catherine Roach, University of Alabama, Presiding


The Contextual Self

Pamela Cooper-White, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Presiding

Helen Daley Schroepfer, Temple University
Self and Other: Justice in Derrida and Piaget

Kurethara Bose, Bronx, NY
Mind and the Destiny of the Self: Holistic vs. Analytic

Charlene Burns, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Exorcising the Disembodied Soul: Science, Psychology, and God


Business meeting

Franz Metcalf, California State University, L.A. and
Kelley Raab, St. Lawrence University, Presiding



Saturday, November 23
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Conference Center
Room 704

Critical Dialogue between Religion and Evolutionary Psychology

Kelley A. Raab, St. Lawrence University, Presiding

William S. Waldron, Middlebury College
Buddhism and the Sciences of Mind: A Critical Dialogue

Nathaniel Barrett, Boston University
Existential Semiotic and the Cultural Critique of Evolutionary Psychology

Kelly Bulkeley, Graduate Theological Union
The Evolution of Wonder: Religious and Neuroscientific Perspectives

Jeffrey Schloss, Westmont College



Monday, November 25
4:00-6:30 p.m.

Royal York
Ontario Room

Celebrating the Centennial of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience

Joint Session:Mysticism Group and Person, Culture, and Religion Group

G. William Barnard, Southern Methodist University, Presiding

Ellen Kappy Suckiel, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ann Taves, Claremont School of Theology
Eugene Taylor, Harvard University
Osborne Lorentzen, State University of New York, Morrisville


November 26
9:00-11:30 a.m.

Sheraton Center
City Hall

The Centennial of William James's Varieties of Religious Experience: Continuing the Discussion

Kathleen Bishop, Drew University, Presiding

Habibeh Rahim, St. John's University
Jalaluddin Rumi and William James on Experiencing Faith: Two Savants and One Reality

Lynn Bridgers, Emory University
Mysticism and Monism: The Paradox of Pluralism in William James's Varieties

Jill McNish, Montclair, NJ
The Jamesian "Sick Soul" as Manifestation of the Inborn Affect of Shame, and the Potential for Shame to Lead to Expanded Personal Identity and the Experience of Mystical Unity

David R. Perley, University of Toronto
Seeing the "Unseen World": Mysticism, Language and Philosophy in the Varieties