Colloquium: Deanna Thompson

Date(s) - 02/13/2020
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

3108 JKB


The Humanities Center welcomes Deanna Thompson, Founding Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community and Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College as our Colloquium speaker on Thursday, February 13th  at 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB. She will be presenting her research on trauma and faith.

Title: “Faith in a Traumatized World”

As studies in and conversations about psychological trauma become more pervasive in society, theologians and religious communities are drawing on insights on trauma theory to revisit religious responses to suffering. Paying attention to how trauma works in the minds, bodies, and spirits of those affected by it deepens and challenges how we talk about faith, perseverance, and whether and how suffering might be overcome. Rather than focusing on explaining suffering, religious reflection on trauma encourages a stronger witness to the suffering, a deeper exploration of spaces of lament in religious narratives and practice, and a call to embrace and accompany those undone by trauma.

On Friday, February 14th she will be discussing her recent book, Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and Ministry. This discussion will be held at 11:00 AM in 4010 JFSB with lunch following. We hope you’ll join us for these two great events.

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