Volume 36
Issue 2
Fall 2013



PCR Program:
2013 AAR Meeting in Baltimore

PCR Pre-Sessions:

Friday, November 22, 2013
Location: Convention Center-320

2:00 - 4:00 pm
PANEL: L'Arche At Fifty Years: Disability, Personhood, and Transformation

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

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

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

7:00 - 9:30 pm
PCR Dinner (location TBA)

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hilton Baltimore- Peale A

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

Regular Sessions:

A23-234, Saturday, November 23, 2013
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, Sunday, November 24, 2013
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, Sunday, November 24, 2013
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

Unregistered Participant
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

See listings of other sessions of interest from Religion and Social Sciences, Practical Theology, Cognitive Study of Religion and the SBL Psychology and Biblical Studies Section below.

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AAR/SBL Concurrent Meetings

This Fall the executive administrators of the AAR and SBL announced plans for aligning each group’s annual meetings for many years into the future. The term “concurrent” indicates that the AAR and SBL will maintain their organizational autonomy, even as they share meeting facilities—it’s a partnership, not a merger. Significantly, the new agreement puts in place a host of measures to insure that the hotels and meeting places we use are compliant with worker rights and the principle of collective bargaining: “We recognize that not all union workplaces are preferable to non-union workplaces, but all things being equal and when there is a choice of hotels, our organizations will support union work places.” Contingency plans have also been developed so we are better prepared for a labor problem that might arise after binding contracts have been signed. Future meetings will be held in San Diego in 2014, Atlanta in 2015, San Antonio in 2016, Boston in 2017, Denver in 2018, San Diego in 2019, Boston in 2020, and San Antonio in 2021.

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A new feature at this year’s AAR/SBL Annual Meeting will be a “THATCamp” workshop Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. (I hasten to say, NO NEED TO WORRY about conflicts with the PCR Friday Presession—people can come to only the first part of the workshop, no problem.) “The Humanities and Technology Camp” offers scholars in the humanities hands-on training in using a variety of new digital tools to support their teaching and research. Coordinated by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, THATCamps describe themselves as “unconferences” with no set agenda or formal presentations. The agenda is created at the beginning of the day, based on the interests of the participants. A half-dozen tech-savvy facilitators (who are academics in other disciplines) will be there to help attendees gain practical knowledge about academic blogging, social media in the classroom, digital research methods, web-based class projects, and online publishing.

If you have any inclination to learn about such things (or if you just want to keep up with your wired-in students), the upcoming THATCamp will be a very gentle and friendly way to get some familiarity in this realm. You might think of this as an opportunity to revisit Erik Erikson’s fourth stage of epigenetic development, industry vs. inferiority. The most powerful tools of our cultural time and place have changed dramatically, and to develop a healthy capacity for industry (and avoid feeling inferior!) it’s worthwhile to seek out training so we can gain some basic competence with these tools—at least enough to have an informed opinion about what they are and are not good for. Here’s the AAR sign-up link: www.aarweb.org/aar-thatcamp, and a link to the THATCamp organization: thatcamp.org/about/

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News from PCR Members

Pam Cooper-White (B & N Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary) is living in Vienna this semester on sabbatical, with a Fulbright grant to study at the Freud Museum, where she will also deliver the Winter term Freud-Fulbright lecture in December. Her research is on traces of religion and existential themes in Freud’s early Viennese circle.  She is also teaching a seminar on Freud and Religion at the University of Vienna.  During October she attended the 100th anniversary of the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society in Budapest, and gave 6 presentations at the University of Bern, Switzerland, hosted by PCR/AAR member Isabelle Noth, followed by private tours of Jung’s house in Kusnacht and Bollingen Tower with two of Jung's grandsons.  She has been asked to return to the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society in January to give a lecture on “Sandor Ferenczi, the Relational Paradigm, and Pastoral Psychotherapy,” where she will also visit the Ferenczi House preservation project.  Herzliche Grüße aus Wien!

Dan Merkur (The Living Institute in Toronto) has two new publications: Relating to God:  Clinical Psychoanalysis, Spirituality, and Theism, Lanham, MD:  Jason Aronson (Rowman & Littlefield), 2013, and “The Soma Function in Jung's Analytical Psychology,”  In John Rush (Ed.), Entheogens and the Development of Culture--An Anthology:  The Anthropology and Neurobiology of Ecstatic Experience (pp. 519-564),  Berkeley, CA:  North Atlantic Books, 2013.

Two new essays by D. Andrew Kille have also just been published: a chapter on "Psychological Biblical Criticism" in Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner (Eds.), New Meanings for Ancient Texts (pp. 137-153), Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2013; and the entry for "Psychological Biblical Interpretation" in Steven L. McKenzie (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (pp. 149-157), New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Hetty Zock announces the publication of Marjo Buitelaar and Hetty Zock (Eds.), Religious Voices in Self-Narratives: Making Sense of Life in Times of Transition, De Gruyter 2013. From the blurb: "In this volume, psychologists, anthropologists, and historians examine the presence of religious voices in narrative constructions of the self. The focus is on the multiple ways religious stories and practices feature in self-narratives about major life transitions. The contributions explore the ways in which such voices inform the accommodation and interpretation of these transitions." See details at the DeGruyter website.

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Journal for the Cognitive Science
of Religion

A new journal has appeared to pursue this branch of psychological research on religious phenomena: www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JCSR/issue/current

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Vanderbilt Divinity School Position

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY DIVINITY SCHOOL seeks a professor in religion, psychology, and culture able to teach courses in the Divinity programs (M.Div. & M.T.S.), where students are trained for pastoral care and ministry, and in the Graduate Department of Religion (M.A. & Ph.D.), to prepare students for teaching and research. An earned doctorate in the field, an established record of scholarly research and publication, and clinical training and experience are required. Highly desirable attributes include: racial minority and/or international representation; ability to oversee doctoral programming and study; knowledge and interest in pastoral therapy, empirical research methods, cultural theory, issues of diversity, and/or practical theology; pastoral experience; expertise in a particular social science. This is a tenured appointment (rank open) scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. The search committee will begin reviewing applications October 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Address inquiries, letters of nomination, or applications including a CV and at least three letters of reference to: John S. McClure, Chair, c/o Marie McEntire, The Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240. Vanderbilt University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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Other AAR/SBL Sessions of Interest





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Psychology and Biblical Studies Section at SBL

See the Psybibs website for updates: www.psybibs.org

S23-333: Unfolding the Unconscious in Biblical Texts

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 10 – Hilton

Heather McKay, Edge Hill University, Presiding

Tiffany Houck-Loomis, Union Theological Seminary
in the City of New York,

Business Meeting

S24-336: Subversion and Affirmation:
Irony and Transformation

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: Key 7 – Hilton

Dereck Daschke, Truman State University, Presiding

On Irony

On Transformation

Barbara Leung Lai, Tyndale University College and Seminary (Ontario), Respondent

S25-327: Psychological Hermeneutics of Biblical Themes and Texts:
Review and Response

A panel review of Psychological Hermeneutics for Biblical Themes and Texts: a Festschrift in Honor of Wayne G. Rollins, edited by J. Harold Ellens (T&T Clark, 2012).

Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:00 to 6:30 PM
Room: 331 – Convention Center

Ilona Rashkow, Stony Brook University, Presiding

Wayne Rollins, Hartford Seminary, Respondent


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Editor: Kelly Bulkeley; Layout: D. Andrew Kille

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