The PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary, in conjunction with the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative and New Era Church present a celebration of the release of Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas’s new book, How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon.
This event is free and open to the public.
3:00 – Welcome
Dr. Bill Kincaid, Interim President of CTS
Dr. Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas
4:15 – Remarks
Amy DiStaulo, Executive Director, Kennedy King Memorial Initiative
4:30-5:30 – Panel Discussion and Forum
“Implications for a dangerous sermon: Faith and Activism in Indianapolis”
5:45-6:45 – Fellowship Dinner
RSVP Required: 317.931.2319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00-8:30 – Worship Service
The genius of a Dangerous Sermon, a worship service with Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby
Reception and art exhibit—6:00 PM Outside Shelton Auditorium
Performance program—6:30 PM Shelton Auditorium
Program Director: Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Faculty: Julia Muney Moore, Shari Wagner, Eric Stark
With Chad Bauman and James McGrath
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.BUTLER.EDU/RELIGION-ARTS.
Becky Archibald, Emily Bennett, Ellie Brown, Anastasiya Combs,
Anne Emison Wishard, Linda Henke, Elizabeth Kenney, Brigid
Manning-Hamilton, Bonnie Maurer, Tracy Mishkin, Mary Sexson,
Jennifer Swim, and Karen Van De Walle
Free and open to the public
Responsibility & Repair in Relationship to the Other
The Counseling Center at Christian Theological Center is honored to welcome Jessica Benjamin, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City for over 35 years and is a Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Psychology program in Psychotherapy. She is known as a contributor to the development of relational psychoanalysis and its interrelation with feminism as well as the theory of intersubjectivity. She is the author of four books: The Bonds of Love (1988); Like Subjects, Love Objects (1995); Shadow of the Other (1998); and Beyond Doer and Done To-Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third (2017).
Who Should Attend? The lecture and workshops are appropriate for members of the public, including lay people, ministers and Chaplains—as well as therapists and other mental health care providers.
Registration before March 1 (Fri.-Sat. w/Sat. lunch) is $100.00
Registration after March 1 (Fri.-Sat. w/Sat. lunch) is $125.00
Friday, March 16
6:30 pm – 7 pm Registration
Responsibility and Repair in Relationship to the Other
Dr. Benjamin is known for offering a relational psychoanalytic perspective in which recognition of the other plays a crucial role in the development of the self. In this lecture, she presents this view along with a discussion of the psychoanalytic notion of reparation. She will discuss how relational repair can help to free people from the troubling binary of “doer” and “done to” by way of a psychology based on the non-violent position of respect for all suffering.
Saturday, March 17
8:30 pm – 9 am Registration
Continental Breakfast for CTS Alumni
9 am – 11:30 am: Morning Workshop
From Enactment to Play I
In this workshop, Dr. Benjamin will discuss the theory of enactment and its psychotherapeutic use. Enactment,
she will propose, has a bi-directional nature that results in a tension between repetition and repair. Drawing
on the work of Gregory Bateson, Dr. Benjamin will offer a way to think about holding this tension in an
intersubjective or “third” space.
11:30 am – 12 pm: Dr. Benjamin Book Sale and Signing
Beyond Doer and Done To-Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and the Third (2017)
12 pm – 1 pm Lunch
1 pm – 4 pm: Afternoon workshop
From Enactment to Play II
This workshop will be a continuation of the morning session and consider case examples of enactment and
acknowledgment. There will also be time for discussion about Dr. Benjamin’s conception of intersubjective space
and its practical import.
Religions, in both their spiritual and secular varieties, offer various techniques designed to help us live more meaningful, fulfilling and satisfying lives. There are priests and prophets all over the planet ready to tell us that the path to salvation lies in everything from power, money and fame to prayer, meditation and CrossFit.
Even in the midst of our daily routines, we can be painfully aware that our world is precarious. At any moment we might be undone by the feeling that this world is absurd. In response, we shore up all manner of religious defenses that promise to keep the void at bay.
In contrast, Peter Rollins will argue that there is a religionless heart to Christianity that overturns the tables of meaning, clears out the temples of tidy answers and drives out the sellers of certainty. Here the supposed “good news” that we can be all that we can be, is exposed as bad news. In its place we will hear a gospel with the incendiary ability to break down our defenses against the abyss, so that we might confront it face to face.
Join Peter and GraceUnlimited as we sensitize ourselves to the scandal of this gospel message—a message that promises personal and political transformation only when we embrace a life beyond meaning, beyond certainty and beyond satisfaction, a life freed from the frenetic pursuit of wholeness, and from all the demons hidden along that path.