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Practical Theology

Trauma, Doubt, and Resilience: Theology and Practice in an Age of Anxiety

Session Abstract

We live in a time marked by complex social disruption, public and personal trauma, and cultural upheaval. A host of factors, from the global pandemic to increased social isolation and economic uncertainty, to localized instances of violence, has created what many see as a national mental health crisis. Within our communities of faith, these factors have shaken the foundations of our well-being, faith, and identity, and they raise crucial questions about theology and pastoral practice. This roundtable discussion will involve scholars and practitioners who study, observe, and attend to the impact of trauma and wounding in our communities and across the world. As we share observations from our respective fields and disciplines, we will constructively consider opportunities for healing, renewal, and resilience.


Gary Selby, Professor of Ministerial Formation, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Convener

  • Connie Horton, Pepperdine University, Vice President for Student Affairs, Participant
  • Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, Abilene Christian University, Assistant Professor, Bible, Missions, and Ministry, Participant
  • David Pocta, Institute for the Study of Contemporary Spirituality and the Oblate School of Theology, Participant
  • Michael Woods, Inpatient Mental Health Ward, James H. Quillen, VAMC, Chaplain, Participant

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Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), delivering the CSC plenary address.

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