University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States

SSCS at the AAR Annual Meeting

University of San Diego (Friday), San Diego Convention Center (Saturday)

University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States

The meetings of the SSCS provides interesting insight in trends in the study of Spirituality. Here is the latest program that was held in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November:

The Bible and Climate Change: The Twentieth Anniversary of Bill McKibben’s The Comforting Whirlwind of God: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation (1994)  (A22-220)

Presider: Barbara Rossing (Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago)

Panelists: Ched Myers (Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries); Kathryn Schifferdecker (Luther Seminary); Theodore Hiebert (McCormick Seminary)
Respondent: Bill McKibben

Christian Spirituality and the Cognitive Sciences: An Emerging Conversation (A23-118)
Presider: Claire Wolfteich (Boston University)

  • Community of the Downwardly Mobile: Scientific Study of Kenotic Habitus in L'Arche: Remya Nair (California Institute of Technology), Andrea Beckum (Fuller Theological Seminary), Michael Spezio (Scripps College), Mark Graves (Fuller Theological Seminary), Warren Brown (Fuller Theological Seminary), Kevin Reimer (Azusa Pacific University)
  • Heartfulness as Mindfulness: Imitatio of Affectivity and Perspective in Christian Contemplative Practice: Mark Graves (Fuller Theological Seminary), Andrew Dreitcer (Claremont School of Theology), Remya Nair (California Institute of Technology), Kevin Reimer (Azusa Pacific University), Brent Field (Princeton University), Michael Spezio (Scripps College)
  • The Significance of John of the Cross’s Account of Contemplative Ascent for a Theory of the Loving Transformation of the Emotions: Sam Hole (University of Cambridge)
  • The Architecture of Apophasis: Exploring Options for a Cognitive Scientific Interpretation of the Via Negativa: Andrea Hollingsworth (Berry College)
  • Business Meeting: Glenn Young (Rockhurst University), presiding

Perspectives on Spiritual Direction: Historical and Contemporary (A23-263)
Presider: Janet Ruffing (Yale Divinity School)

  • The Role of Spiritual Direction in Mediating a Contemplative Classic: Fr. Nikon Strandtman, Gerald Palmer, and the English Philokalia: Christopher Johnson (University of North Dakota)
  • Co-authoring Stories of Faith and Hope: Narrative Approaches to Spiritual Direction: David Crawley (Laidlaw College)
  • Julian of Norwich as Spiritual Director: Julian’s Theodicy of Soul Growth: Janna Gosselin (University of Southern California)  

 Friday 21 November, University of San Diego

3:00-4:00 p.m.        A Contemplative View of Ecology:
            Canyon Tour with Michael Mayer, USD Department of Biology
Alternative program on native plants
4:00-5:00 p.m.        A Contemplative View of Ecology:
Conversation and Reflection on The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology with Douglas E. Christie

7:00-9:00 p.m.        Contemplation in the World: The Socially Transformative Effects of Practice
Panel discussion moderated by Janet Ruffing

Saturday 22 November, San Diego Convention Center
9:00-10:15 a.m.     “The Future of Past Spiritual Traditions,” Presidential Address by Bernard McGinn