Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson teaches Christian theology, with particular emphases in religion and medical sciences, feminist theologies, and Lutheran constructive theology. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the section for ethics and humanities at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Pederson has written five books, entries in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, and numerous articles in Zygon, Word and World, and other periodicals. She received her doctorate in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
“The Place of Science and Religion: Narratives and Landscapes”
Abstract: Many cultural critics claim that the world is in a crisis of place?borders, boundaries, and politics shape who is in and who is out of the world?s power games. The stories of science and religion share the boundaries, borders, situations, dimensions and locations of our lives. Questions remain: When and where is a complicated plot between local and global, then and now, over and under? What are the maps that we take through these journeys? What are the cartographies of our cultures of science and religion? What are the maps that bypass the ?underground? places? What are we missing in those stories? Learning about my local geography has helped me to realize that like the written texts of religion and science, the geographical ones require a visual hermeneutics.
Dr. David Hogue: After more than 25 years in pastoral counseling, and 15 of those in parish settings, I continue to be excited by the rich resources of the Christian tradition and the unfolding contributions of the social and biological sciences. Ritual studies and the neurosciences provide pastoral theology with unique insights into human nature, and into experiences of suffering and healing, as well as deepening our understanding of the nature of God. Knowledge of human experience is vital to all ministry as we seek to guide, sustain, reconcile, and heal those within and outside our communities of faith. Today’s parish pastor, as well as the specialized minister, is called to the care of souls – to listen to the voices of personal story, the record in Scripture, and the best the behavioral sciences offer about the human condition. My research interests include marriage and family counseling, ritual studies, and the neurosciences, with a particular focus on the relationships between worship and pastoral care. I co-authored Promising Again, and I serve on two editorial boards. I also serve on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, Presbytery of Chicago.
“Because We Are: Practical Theology, Intersubjectivity and the Social Brain”
Abstract: Recent discussions are emerging in the interdisciplinary field of cognitive social neuroscience, or interpersonal neurobiology. U.S. psychologist Allan Schore observes that psychotherapeutic models are undergoing a paradigm shift from individualized notions of patient and therapist to “a relational two-person psychology.” He notes that “more so than the cognitive mechanisms of interpretation and insight, relational-affective processes between patient and therapist are at the core of the change mechanism.” Such shifts parallel important changes in other disciplines, including practical theology. Social contexts and intersubjective space both shape, and are shaped by, human brains. This presentation will explore intersections between interpersonal neurobiology and theological anthropologies that embrace belonging, mutuality and reciprocity as central dimensions of human identity.