The Center for Clergy and Congregational Health and Wholeness at Drew Theological School is sponsoring its annual clergy health event at Drew on April 9, 2015. This year’s event is entitled “Conflict and the Brain.” The Rev. Dr. Wesley Wildman, Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Boston University School of Theology, will be the keynote speaker of the day. In addition to his teaching in the Master of Divinity degree program at the School of Theology, he is also the convener of the Graduate School’s doctoral program in Religion and Science and conducts research into the biological and cultural functions of religion.
In his keynote address, Dr. Wildman will explore the differences between conservative and liberal thinking based on his research in neuroscience. This research, relevant across denominational lines, has led him to coin the phrase “Empathy Through Understanding”. Through his work, he is helping others to have difficult conversations in potential conflict situations. By understanding the relationship of the workings of a given person’s brain to their strongly held views, he assists us to better understand each other and to become more open to listening and compassionate in our responses.
About Dr. Wesley Wildman:
Dr. Wildman’s research and teaching interests are in philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, philosophical ethics, and comparative theology. He also works in religion and science, and is convener of the Graduate School’s doctoral program in Religion and Science. His publications pursue a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to important topics within religious and theological studies, and he has lectured on these themes in many parts of the world. His programmatic statement of the theory of rationality underlying this type of integrative intellectual work is Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry: Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion (State University of New York Press, 2010). His scholarly books cover a wide variety of topics, some theoretical and some practical, all pursuing a multidisciplinary, comparative approach. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Society for Science and Religion.
8:00am – Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – Dr. Wesley Wildman lecture
11:00am – Break
11:30am – Chapel
12:30pm – Lunch
1:30pm – Small Group Work: Apply Dr. Wildman’s Work
2:30pm – Questions and Answers
3:30pm – Departure
Participants in need of hotel accommodations may call The Madison Hotel (800.526.0729) and mention “Clergy Health Day” to receive a discounted rate of $164/night.
.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available.
This Clergy Health day is made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations