Many people are in need of healing today: veterans returning from service, individuals recovering from addiction and all who are experiencing suffering or loss. Pastors and the church community know that pastoral care plays a curative role, but what possibilities can spirituality offer mainstream social care services?
“Tending to the Wounded Spirit” explores this question through an engaging series of events that will include lectures, community worship, discussion, art and film, inviting attendees to gain a deeper insight into the intersection between spirituality and healing.
Speakers who will be coming to the Hill:
Dr. David L. Bartlett is the Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches and is interested in the intersection of biblical studies and the life of the church, especially the church’s preaching ministry. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Bartlett was Dean of Academic Affairs and Lantz Professor of Preaching and Communication at Yale Divinity School. His particular exegetical interests are in Mark, John and the Pauline Epistles.
The Rev. Dr. Jason R. Curry is the Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Curry is a graduate of Moorehouse College (cum laude, 1992) and is a licensed and ordained Itinerant Elder in the Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC). He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Curry’s academic research and ministry has sought to integrate counseling techniques drawn from the social sciences into pastoral care. He has argued that spirituality can serve as a resource for the recovery from addiction to substances.
More information about other guest speakers, artists and events coming soon.
The Rt. Rev. James “Jay” Magness visited the Hill as part of his visit to Rochester, NY. Magness is the Episcopal Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Services and Federal Ministries. He has pursued a concern for providing support for the many challenges veterans face upon returning from deployment.
Accompanied by the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Magness came to the Hill to learn about the new Andrews Veterans House, which is a collaboration of the Veterans Outreach Center, Tempro Development Corp. and CRCDS. He toured two of the apartments and met with residents, who are veterans who experienced homelessness upon returning from combat.
A dinner was held the previous night at Christ Church on East Avenue in Rochester. About a dozen Rochester-area religious leaders attended. (Read more about the event here.)
Magness is himself a Vietnam veteran.
The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. (D.Min., 1975)
Awarded Honorary Degree by University of Rochester
Dr. Forbes will be honored at the 2013 Commencement Ceremonies at the University of Rochester with the award of an honorary doctor of divinity degree. The ceremonies will be held on May 17, 18 and 19.
Dr. Forbes is the Harry Emerson Fosdick Distinguished Professor of Union Theological Seminary, as well as the President of the Health of the Nations Foundation. He is the Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church, which is interdenominational, being both American Baptist and United Church of Christ. Dr. Forbes was the first African American minister of the congregation, located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
He retired in 2007 after 18 years of service.
The Rev. Dr. Glenda Prins (M.Div. 1983; D.Min. 1999)
Publishes New Book on Parenting Children with Disabilities
Dr. Prins, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor, recently published Lessons from Katherine (Feb., 2013, Circle Books, an Imprint of John Hunt Publishing). The book recounts her experience of raising a child with severe disabilities. About the publication, Dr. Prins wrote, “Lessons from Katherine is a spiritual memoir about loving and parenting our disabled child amidst grief, financial difficulty and marital discord. It’s the struggle of every young marriage and family: to hold on, to form a family, to carve out a place in the world–but amplified.”
You can order the book online here.
Barbara Zelter, MSW, MA (M.A., 2011)
Connecting Social Work with Theology, Arrested in North Carolina Protests
Zelter was one of 17 people who were arrested on April 29, 2013, while protesting at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. The protest was organized by the Rev. William Barber, who is head of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rev. Barber initiated the act of civil disobedience in response to policies that he believes will hinder the civil and economic rights of ethnic minorities and those below poverty line. The protest activities continued into the following week with more arrests made.
Zelter is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at North Carolina State University.
See the local news coverage of the arrest here.
The visit was a research opportunity for a project at the paper she leads, Unite Rochester. Pres. McMickle has worked closely with Ms. Sutter on the feature, which seeks to address ongoing issues of race, identity and injustice here in Rochester.
Learn more about Unite Rochester at their website.