SSCS at the AAR Annual Meeting

November 23-26, 2013
Baltimore, Maryland

SSCS 2013 At-a-Glance

Friday, November 22
Spiritual Formation from a Distance

3:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Baltimore Convention Center: Room 321

Please join us for a workshop exploring the implications of distance education and social media for spiritual formation. This is not a “how to” session; rather, the goal is to consider the implications of distance learning for the practice of spiritual formation and the teaching of spirituality. Among the questions the panel and discussion will address are the following: How do distance learning and the culture that emerges from it shape the work of spiritual formation? What opportunities and challenges does distance learning bring for relationships among instructors and students, in and outside the classroom? What is the relationship between the contemplative life and distance-learning pedagogies? What distance-learning practices can introduce spiritual directees and students to the history of spiritual practices and textual traditions?

Tim Muldoon, Boston College

Lisa M. Hess, United Theological Seminary, Dayton
MaryKate Morse, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

An Invitation to Conversation: Perspectives from Health Care Professionals and Scholars of Spirituality
7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
University of Maryland Medical Center Main Building
Weinberg Old Learning Center Classroom 6
22. S. Greene Street

Please join us for a lively evening of diverse perspectives on spirituality, health, religious diversity, and the new ways in which faith communities and scholars of spirituality participate in health care delivery. A special thank you to the Pastoral Care Services of University of Maryland Medical Center for welcoming us to their facilities.

The Medical Center is within easy walking distance of the Convention Center and Hilton Hotel. If you’re unable to meet the group at 6:30 to walk over together, feel free to join us at the Medical Center for the program.

6:30 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the Hilton Convention Center (by the entry facing the cross streets of Pratt and Eutaw) to walk to the Medical Center.

7:00 p.m. Welcome

7:05–7:40 p.m. Baltimore Models for Faith Community and Health Outreach
Rev. Susan Roy, D. Min., BCC, Director, Pastoral Care Services, University of Maryland Medical Center
Derek Spencer, M.S., C.R.N.P., Executive Director, The Jacques Initiative, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, School of Medicine

7:40–9:00 p.m. An Invitation to Conversation: Perspectives from Health Care Professionals and Scholars of Spirituality – A Panel
Bernard McGinn, Naomi Shenstone Donnelley Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and of the History of Christianity in the Divinity School, University of Chicago

Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, B.S.N., R.N., Ph.D. (History), Visiting Assistant Professor in Theology, Loyola University Maryland
Suzette Bremault-Phillips, OT, Ph.D. (Theology), Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

9:00–9:30 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by the Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland

Saturday, November 23
Presidential Address and Business Meeting
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Marriott Inner Harbor: University Ballrooms 1&2 

9:00 a.m    “Georgia Harkness:  Chastened Liberal for a Time Such As This”
The 2013 Presidential Address by Joseph Driskill (Pacific School of Religion)
Georgia Harkness, a life-long Methodist and the first woman to be elected to the American Theological Society, recognized that prayer and prophetic witness were intimately linked. Her own “dark night of the soul” led her to recognize within mainline Protestant denominations the need for a recovery of spiritual practices, including what she called “a piety of radiance and illumination.” Please join us to learn about this compelling and often overlooked source of wisdom for our time.

10:30         Business Meeting
Bernard McGinn (University of Chicago Divinity School), President-elect, presiding

Christian Spirituality Group
Saturday, Nov. 23 - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Convention Center-328

Theme: The Ethnographic Lens and New Approaches to the Study of Christian Spirituality
Kristy Nabhan-Warren, University of Iowa, Presiding

Candy Gunther Brown, Indiana University
--Feeling Is Believing: Pentecostal Prayer and Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Brett Hendrickson, Lafayette College
--Restoring the People: Reclaiming Indigenous Spirituality in Contemporary Curanderismo

Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto
-- The Politics of Protestant Healing: Theoretical Tools for the Study of Spiritual Bodies and the Body Politic

Susan Ridgely, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
--Evangelical Youth Today: Towards a Spirituality of Practice

Tone Stangeland Kaufman, MF Norwegian School of Theology
--A Plea for Ethnographic Methods and a Spirituality of Everyday Life in the Study of Christian Spirituality: A Norwegian Case of Clergy Spirituality

Business Meeting:
Lisa Dahill, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Joint Session: Bonhoeffer: Theology and Social Analysis Group; Christian Spirituality Group; Religion and Humanism Group; Science, Technology, and Religion Group
Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-310

Theme: Bonhoeffer, Eschatology, and Neuroscience: A Conversation with John de Gruchy about His Book Led into Mystery (SCM, 2013)
Jennifer McBride, Wartburg College, Presiding

John W. de Gruchy, University of Cape Town
Susan B. Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary
William T. Cavanaugh, DePaul University
George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary

Christian Spirituality Group
Sunday, Nov. 24 - 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Hilton Baltimore-Paca

Theme: Encountering the Wild

Jon Kershner, University of Birmingham (UK)
--"Far back in the wilderness:" John Woolman (1720-1772) in the Wild

Christopher Barnett, Villanova University
--The Paradox of Wilderness—Or Learning How to Be Human in the Natural World

Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo, Emory University
--Encountering God “Where the Wild Things Are:” Towards an Eco-Spirituality of Parenting

Joint Session: Christian Spirituality Group and Korean Religions Group
Monday, Nov. 25 - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM

Convention Center-345

Theme: Protestant Spirituality in Korea: Hybridized Thoughts, Practices, and Communities
Daeseop Yi, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding

Deberniere Torrey, University of Utah
--The Evolution of the Yesuwon Community and its Role for the Korean Church

Chong Bum (Sean) Kim, University of Central Missouri
--"Madman of the Gospel": Mysticism and Millenarianism in the Spirituality of Kil Son-ju

Myounghun Yun, Vanderbilt University
--Cultural Incarnation and Adaptation of a Contemporary American Evangelical Spirituality into a Korean Religious Men’s Movement the Father School: A Participant Observation Study

Chanhong Kim, Boston University
--Yu Yong-mo’s Understanding of God and His Spirituality

Bomyung Seo, Chicago Theological Seminary

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