Volume 31
Issue 3
Fall 2008



PCR Program:
2008 AAR Meeting in Chicago


Friday, October 31, 2008
Palmer House Hilton, Salon 7

2:00- 3:45
Book Panel: Mourning Religion
Bill Parsons, Diane Jonte-Pace and Susan Henking, Eds.,

4:00-5:00 pm
Heavenly Services:
Psychological Reflections on Today’s Attractiveness of Angels

Sebastian Murken, University of Trier, Germany

5:15-6:15 pm
Knowing through Becoming - Exercises in Documentary Theater:
Reflections on "Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White"
A. Gregory Schneider, Pacific Union College, Angwin, California
Mei Ann Teo, Artist-in-Residence, Pacific Union College

7:30-9:30 pm
PCR Dinner

Saturday, Nov 1, 2008

Palmer House Hilton-LaSalle 3

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Works in Progress

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
PCR Business Meeting/ Elections


Regular Sessions:

Saturday - 1:00 -3:30 pm
Palmer House Hilton Salon 3
Psychological and Religious Reflections on Terror and Anxiety

Monday - 1:00 pm-3:30 pm
Palmer House Hilton Salon 4-6
Psychologies and/of Race


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Pre-Session on "Red Books"

Dear PCR Colleague:

Perhaps you heard me last year at PCR’s “Works in Progress” session talk about my year-long involvement as an actor in an original piece of documentary theater about the Seventh-day Adventist church and its prophet, Ellen G. White.  A year spent with my head up my own peculiar sectarian alley.  Well, I’ve been invited to make the play the basis for PCR’s experiential session at our Friday pre-session in Chicago this November.  Writer/Actor/Director Mei Ann Teo will join me to help make it a livelier experience.

I’m hoping the Introduction and Scene Synopsis will pique your curiosity about the play, “Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White.”  Indeed, I am hoping you are curious enough to buy a copy of the DVD and watch it before you come to Chicago.  Mei Ann and I agree we will be able to provide a more engaging experience for those who have seen the whole play.

PCR Newsletter editor, Kelly Bulkeley, has viewed the DVD and said to me, “I don't see how you can only show people part of it at the PCR presession! I know the time limitations are such that you have no choice, but it's hard to imagine depriving people of the full experience.”  I’m hoping you don’t deprive yourself of the full experience. 

If my hopes are fulfilled in your case, here’s the link the online store: www.atoday.com/catalog/72/atoday_online_store.  “Red Books will be at the lower right of the first page of “products.”  It’s $19.95 plus shipping. 

On the other hand, I know that hopes are sometimes disappointed.  (I’m an Adventist, after all.)  So, here’s another option: email me at gschneid@puc.edu asking for a copy to borrow, and I will send one with a prepaid envelope for you to send it back to me ASAP after you have viewed it.  I’m willing to go through the hassle to have as many people as possible see the play.

If neither of these options work for you, read at least the Introduction and Scene Synopsis attached here, and come to the experiential part of the presession anyway.  I am confident it will be enjoyable for all.

If your curiosity and patience hold out after viewing the DVD and/or reading the first two documents, the longest document is the text of an invited lecture I delivered last April with my perspectives on the play and its subjects.  It is heavily autobiographical, so be warned and, if you will, make allowances.  It is available on the PCR website. You might also follow the links I list below.

Warm Regards,
Greg Schneider

Some links to additional resources about “Red Books: Our Search for Ellen White”:

Review by a journalist for KQED, San Francisco’s leading PBS/NPR affiliate:

Background on how the play came to be:

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News from PCR Members

John Haule reports that “It appears I have a publisher (Routledge) for my huge manuscript, Evolution and Archetype:  The First Evolutionary Psychology and Jung's Challenge to Science.  The impulse to write this book came from a PCR session some 10 years ago that contained two or three discussions of Evolutionary Psychology and Religious Experience."

From James W. Jones (Rutgers University): “Publication, at last!!!, Blood That Cries Out From the Earth: The Psychology of Religious Terrorism, NY: Oxford, 2008.”

Kelly Bulkeley (Graduate Theological Union) has two new books out: Dreaming in the World’s Religions: A Comparative History (NYU) and American Dreamers: What Dreams Tell Us about the Political Psychology of Conservatives, Liberals, and Everyone Else (Beacon).  He regrets not being able to attend the PCR Friday presession this year; he’ll be attending his youngest son’s black belt graduation ceremony on Saturday night, a family event that can’t be missed!


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Pastoral Psychology Call for Submissions

Pastoral Psychology is accepting manuscripts bringing the best of psychological, behavioral, social, and human sciences research into critical engagement with pastoral concerns. As one of the oldest and most well established academic journals in field of Psychology and Religion, for nearly 60 years, this peer-reviewed journal has offered an interdisciplinary forum for the publication of original papers that discuss the work of the caring for, understanding, and exploring human beings as persons, in families, in small groups, and in community.

Contributions from all theoretical perspectives are welcome, as well as insights from existential perspectives, gender studies, phenomenology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. The journal invites scholarship and reflection from all religious traditions, and in addition to traditional scholarly papers, thoughtful essays on a wide range of issues and various genres of writing, including, but not limited to, book reviews, film reviews, autobiography, and poetry.

Theoretical contributions that have direct or in-direct relevance for practice, broadly construed, are especially desirable, as our intended audience includes not only academics in religion and psychology, but also religious and spiritual leaders, as well as other practitioners. Because Pastoral Psychology is a forward-looking journal, submissions by scholars and practitioners who are new to the field are especially welcome.

For more information, please contact Lewis Rambo, Editor, at LewisRayRambo@yahoo.com, or visit http://www.springer.com/11089

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Children's Spirituality Conference

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Children’s Spirituality will be held at the Hong Kong Institute of Education from 26 February to 1 March, 2009.  Details can be found at https://www.ied.edu.hk/crse/conference/apccs/index.html.  Proposals for paper and / or workshop presentations are welcome. 

Best wishes,
Ping Ho WONG
Associate Director
Centre for Religious and Spirituality Education
The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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Counseling Resources

I have several workbooks and study guides listed that maybe of help to counselors/psychologists either to use in groups or individuals: stores.lulu.com/donallenjr

Rev.  Don Allen, Jr., PhD (cand) LICDC
Substance Abuse Counselor Summit Behavioral Health care
Assistant Pastor of Christian Life Center, West Chester, Ohio

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Thanks to Our Members

Those who have paid dues for the `07-`08 year include: Steven Bauman, Duane Bidwell, Lucy Bregman, Celia Brickman, Kelly Bulkeley, Marcia J. Bunge, Nancy Carlin, Francis Charet, Pamela Cooper-White, Al Dueck, Nancy Grace, John Haule, James Higginbotham, Mary Huie-Jolly, James W. Jones, Diane Jonte-Pace, Joo Hyung Lee, Dan Merkur, Hester Oberman, Michael Oppenheim, Lewis Rambo, Martha Robbins, Karen Scheib, Raynard Smith, Angella M. Pak Son, Hendrika Vande Kemp, Judith Van Herik, Trevor Watt, Hetty Zock (through 2009).

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.

$25.00 Regular Membership; $15.00 Student Membership (with copy of student ID). Checks should be payable to Person, Culture, & Religion Group. Send to: Kelly Bulkeley, Secretary/Treasurer, 226 Amherst Avenue, Kensington CA 94708; Phone: 510-528-0226; Fax is same; E-mail: kellybulkeley@earthlink.net

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Psychology, Culture & Religion News Volume 31, Issue 3

Editor: Kelly Bulkeley; Layout: D. Andrew Kille

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