Calendar of Events

Upcoming Events


Third Thursdays- Mind, Body, & Spirit Series

Since October of 2010, we have been holding a monthly series of talks and workshops that meets the third Thursday of every month during the fall and spring semesters.  Unless otherwise indicated, all of the Mind, Body, & Spirit series presentations will be held at 7:00 PM in Cunningham Memorial Library.  The program will generally happen in the library events area on the ground floor, but scheduling conflicts have required that some programs be held in room 028 in the library.  For more information on upcoming programs, contact Dr. Johnson ( or Dr. Bennett (

Healing Rhythms II - The Second International Tai Chi/Qigong for Health Conference

Historically forms of moving meditation, such as yoga, tai chi, qigong, and labyrinth walking, are linked to specific spiritual and religious traditions.  Developed at different times and places over the course of human history, the practices though distinct with respect to their original spiritual and religious components, they do share a commonality in including physical activity and meditation often focusing on being present to the moment.  In addition, there is substantial scientific evidence that the practice of yoga, tai chi, and qigong have significant health benefits, primarily associated with chronic diseases, such as depression, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.  The available data focus primarily on outcomes related to improvement of quality of life issues, but also changes in some clinically relevant biomarkers.  However, there is insufficient data to declare practices as evidence-based.  furthermore, there is a paucity of information regarding the mechanisms behind the documented health benefits. 

This conference will feature presentations of cutting edge research on the health effects of Tai Chi, training and practice in techniques of Tai chi, and information and workshops for health care providers, Tai Chi instructors and practitioners, and the general public.  Keep checking back for more information on the conference.

Other Related Local Events

These events are not sponsored by the Center, but cover related topics and may be of interest to those visiting this site. The views expressed at these events do not necessarily reflect the views of Indiana State University or the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality.  We cannot be responsible for the content of these events, but offer this schedule as a public service.

SpiritPro Retreats

SpiritPro retreats and workshops are held on the Campus of St Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute. The program is ecumenical, and members of all faiths are welcome. To learn more about SpiritPro and the Sisters of Providence, you can go here.

Past Events

October 21, 2010

Third Thursday Series:  Are We Asking Too Much (or Too Little) of Religion:  Perspectives of a Health Researcher on the Influence of Religion on Health and Medical Outcomes. - Dr. Roy Gieb, IU Medical School in Terre Haute

August 27, 2010

Public presentation:  In a Corner of Africa:  Health, Religion and Science.  (Brother Berry Donaghue, Providence Center, Terre Haute)

April 16, 2010

Public Presentation - Spirituality and Trauma (Donna Pollard, MA< BCC, LMHC-P)

April 15, 2010

Professional Workshop:  Working Through Trauma (Donna Pollard, Ma, BCC, LMHC-P)

November 6-8, 2010

Healing Rhythms:  A Research Conference and Workshops on Music, Movement, and Meditation

April 19, 2009

Public Workshop:  The Labyrinth:  Towards Healing, Harmony, and Wholeness Brother Barry Donaghue, Providence Center)

March 21, 2009

Meditation Retreat - Meditation in the Gandharva Tradition - Dr. George Wolfe, Coordinator of Outreach at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University

December 11, 2009

Professional Education Workshop:  Compassion Fatigue - John-Henry Pfifferling, Ph.D. (Co-sponsored with Union Hospital)

September 10-12, 2008

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Robert Emmons:  Thanks! - How the Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Public Talk); Gods & Goals:  Spiritual Strivings as Purposeful Action (Academic Talk); Guest lecturer in two ISU undergraduate classes; Lunch with graduate students; Meeting with various ISU faculty

Research symposium - April 2008

April 4, 2008

Colloquium:  Taking Religion and Spirituality Seriously in Research and Practice - Dr. Bill Hathaway

April 2, 2008

Clinical Workshop:  Clinical Practice with Religious/Spiritual Issues - Dr. Bill Hathaway

March 2, 2008

Workshop & Retreat - An Invitation to Mindfulness Meditation - Zenshin Florence Caplow

February 21, 2008

Faith-Tailored Support Groups for Cancer Patients:  The Cope by Faith Program - Dr. Natalie Hamrick from IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis               







Union Hospital CE Workshop on Spirituality and Health

December 13, 2007

The Role of Spirituality and Forgiveness in Health and Illness

Dr. Christina Puchalski

Spirituality is often primary for people dealing with chronic illness and health.  It helps people find meaning in their suffering and helps them cope with the pains and frustrations of chronic illness.  A wide range of studies has shown that spirituality and forgiveness play a significant role in improving patient outcomes in such illnesses as heart disease, cancer, recovery from surgery, depression, and substance abuse.  It is therefore important that health care providers address their patients’ spiritual concerns and provide an opportunity for patients to utilize their own spiritual resources.  This lecture will describe how spirituality can be beneficial to patients in dealing with chronic illness.

Detailed Agenda:

Sponsors:  UHHG Chaplain’s Office; AHEC; UHHG Continuing Medical Education; UHHG Educational Services; Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; ISU Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality; Sisters of Providence; ISU Department of Social Work; Sisters of our Lady of Mt. Carmel; Hamilton Center.


March 29, 2007

Religion in America: More than Meets the Eye
With Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D.

Are Americans losing their religion?  What do Americans believe?  How do Americans' religious affiliations and beliefs influence social outcomes from purchasing to politics?  A new national study reveals some surprises about the depth and complexity of religion in the United States.

March 30, 2007

Measuring Religion: Inside the Baylor Religion Survey
With Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D.

An overview of the goals, funding, design, and implementation of the 2005 Baylor Religion Survey, and an invitation to help shape future waves of the survey. 

Kevin D. Dougherty is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Baylor University.  He has a B.A. in Communication Arts from George Fox University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Purdue University.  His research explores religious life in the United States, particularly the form and function of religious organizations.  His published work appears in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and has been featured in popular media such as the Washington Post, USA Today, and National Public Radio.


Facing Loss: Reconstructing Meaning, Reconstructing the Self

February 1-3, 2007

This series of presentations will include a professional education workshop by Dr. Robert Neimeyer, along with other public and professional talks. For more information click on the link: Facing Loss

Union Hospital CE Workshop on Spirituality and Health

The third annual series of talks on various aspects of Spirituality and Health will be held on December 14, 2006 at the Landsbaum Center.  This series is co-sponsored by Union Hospital Health Group (Chaplain's Office, Continuing Medical Education, & Educational Services divisions); the ISU Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality; the ISU Department of Social Work; Sisters of Providence;  West Central Indiana AHEC; Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; & the Weinbaum Education Fund.  Previous speakers have been Dr. Daniel Sulmasy and Dr. George Koenig.

Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C.

of the Connected Healing Institute spoke on Relationship-Centered Care in a Sanctuary of Healing

End of Life Care Conference

The second annual conference on End of Life Issues was  held Thursday November 9, 2006 at the Landsbaum Center for Health education.  For more information click on the following link: End of Life Care Conference

Toward a Scientific Definition of Prayer

Thursday Nov. 2, 7:00 pm


Prayer and Brain Imaging:  A Match Made in Heaven?

Friday Nov. 3, 12:00 noon


Both talks by -

Kevin Ladd, Ph.D. - Indiana University, South Bend

Tibetan Medicine: A Holistic Approach to Health Care
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4 PM
HMSU, Room 307

Reception for Dr. Gyal
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5 PM
HMSU, 9th Floor Lounge

Tibetan medicine focuses on the understanding of the body/mind and its relationship to the environment, and uses diagnostic techniques based on the insight, skills and compassion of the medical practitioner.

Dr. Gyal received his degrees and training in Traditional Tibetan Medical Science both in Tibet and at the Tibetan Medical & Astrological Institute of H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamasala, India. He has studied under Tenzin Choedak, the Dalai Lama’s personal physician. He taught Tibetan medicine at Indiana University and is now serving as the USA Coordinator for the Central Council of Tibetan Medicine, Dharamsala, India. He authored the Tibetan Medical Dietary Book: Vol I, the Potency and Preparation of Vegetables and has published and presented papers on Tibetan medicine and other related topics.

Alcohol Use and Meaning in Life Among Survivors of Hurricane Katrina

Dr. Tom Johnson, Professor of Psychology; Associate Director - Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality

        Date:  Friday September 15, 12:00 Noon

Psychologists and Clergy Working Together

Monday April 17, 2006 - 7:00 pm

Relational Cognitive Therapy:  A Christian Approach to Psychotherapy

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 11:00 pm

Mark R. McMinn, Ph.D., ABPP
Rech Professor of Psychology
Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Understanding the Intelligent Design Controversy

Neil A. Manson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Mississippi 

Monday April 24, 2006 - 3:15 pm

(Co-Sponsored with the ISU Department of Philosophy)

Panel Discussion on Intelligent Design:  Philosophical, Theological, & Scientific Perspectives

Monday April 24, 2006 - 7:00 pm

(Co-Sponsored with the ISU Department of Philosophy)

   Moderator:  Tom Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Director, CSHRS

   Panel Members:

Assessing the Evidence for Reincarnation

Chris Bache, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

(Co-sponsored with the ISU Department of Geology, Geography, & Anthropology)

Monday April 17, 2006

2:30-4:00 pm

How strong is the case for reincarnation today? Strong enough, I suggest, to convince anyone who critically examines the evidence
without prejudice. This talk will outline the different types of evidence, introduce some of the most important authors, and present a case from Dr. Ian Stevenson s research (Univ. of Virginia) of a small child with detailed knowledge of what appears to be a recently completed previous life.

From Dr. Bache's web-site:  Chris Bache has been a professor of religious studies at Youngstown State University for over two decades. He teaches in transpersonal studies, comparative spirituality, consciousness research, and Eastern religion. An award-winning teacher, his work explores the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is also an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and for two years was the Director of Transformative Learning at the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Chris has written one of the groundbreaking books in the growing field of collective consciousness, Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, which was published by SUNY Press in 2000. In addition, he has written Lifecycles: Reincarnation and the Web of Life (Paragon House, 1990).

For over twenty years, he has worked with sacred medicines, and has been a Vajrayana Buddhist practitioner for six years. He is also the proud father of three children.

Dancing with Broken Bones:  Portraits of Death and Dying Among Inner City Poor

David Moller, Ph.D.

Professor of Medical Humanities, University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School

(Co-sponsored with the ISU Honors Program)

Monday March 20, 2006 - 4:00 pm

Dr. Moller is Director of Medical Humanities in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also teaches in the Department of Sociology. He was formerly at IUPUI, and his research on death and dying in the inner city poor was conducted in Indianapolis. He has lectured extensively on the human encounter with mortality, engagement of religious and spiritual issues in the African-American community, and authored several books, including one of the same title as his lecture, that explore the intersection of culture, society, and the experience of dying. His work has been acclaimed as "breaking new ground," and Dr. Moller has been described as "a distinguished advocate for the dying."


ISU Students' Experience of College As Threatening or Strengthening Their Faith:  Predicting Persistence and Adjustment
Tom Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Associate Director- Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality
Monday February 27 at noon
HMSU Room 307

Recently considerable attention has been drawn to college students' religious and spiritual beliefs and how students sort out issues of meaning, purpose, and value during their college years. Students who entered ISU in Fall 2002 completed questionnaires about their religious beliefs and practices, alcohol use, and well-being during Sycamore Advantage in June 2002, and again in the spring of their freshman and sophomore years. This talk will present information about students' perceptions that their faith was strengthened and/or threatened by their college experiences. A small percentage of students reported being teased or threatened because of their religious beliefs or practices, while around half reported that their faith developed or was strengthened. Perceptions of threats to faith predicted a number of variables, including whether students remained enrolled at ISU.

Religion, Spirituality, & Health

Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M, M.D., Ph.D.

New York Medical College

December 15, 2005

9:30 am - 11:30am

Landsbaum Center for Health Education, Terre Haute

Co-sponsored by the CSHRS and UHHG Chaplain's office, UHHG Continuing Medical Education, UHHG Educational Services, Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Open Door Christian Book Store, Sisters of Providence, Terre Haute Catholic Deanery, ISU Department of Social Work.

Invited Speaker - Kenneth Pargament, Ph.D.

Public Talk: Forgiveness: The Hardest Thing in the World to Do.

Thursday, December 1, 7:00 PM

Drawing on recent research and practice, this talk will help people distinguish between what forgiveness is and isn't, the benefits of forgiveness, why forgiveness is such a hard thing to do, and the steps people can take if they are interested in pursuing forgiveness in their lives.

Professional Talk: Spiritual Struggle as a Risk  Factor for Poorer Health."

Friday, December 2, 3:00 PM

This talk will present recent empirical studies pointing to spiritual struggles as a risk factor for poorer health. Spiritual struggles will be defined as a normal part of spirituality, but one that can lead to potential problems unless they are addressed and resolved. The clinical implications of these findings for health care will be discussed.


Kenneth Pargament is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. He received his Ph. D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1977. Dr. Pargament has been a leading figure in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals. A prolific researcher, Dr. Pargament has published over 100 articles on the meanings of religion and spirituality, the vital role of religion in coping with stress and trauma, perceptions of sacredness in life, and psychospiritual treatment. He is author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and co-editor of Forgiveness: Theory, Research, and Practice. His awards include the William James Award for excellence in research in the psychology of religion from Division 36 of APA, the Virginia Staudt Sexton Mentoring Award from APA for guiding and encouraging others in the field, the Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education Award at Bowling Green State University, and two exemplary paper awards from the John Templeton Foundation. He is currently co-investigator on a major Templeton-funded longitudinal study of spirituality as a predictor of
health and well-being among families following the birth of the first
child. He has consulted with NIH, several foundations, and the World
Health Organization.

Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. - Public talk entitled, Spiritual Intelligence and Contemplative Practice

Friday, November 18, Noon - 1:00

Location:  Cunningham Memorial Library, Room 028

Professional Education Workshop on Palliative Care and End of Life Issues

Friday, November 11, 2005

Landsbaum Center for Health Education, Terre Haute

Co-sponsored by the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education

Patrick Bennett, Ph.D. - Public talk entitled, The Impact of Prayer in Coping with Stressful Life Events

Friday, October 21, Noon - 1:00                       

Location:  Cunningham Memorial Library, Room 028

Dr. Patrick Bennett from the Department of Psychology will be discussing his research related to the role of religion and religious practice in coping with stressful life events and its concomitant impact on physical and emotional health.  In particular, he will focus on a recent study examining the contention that prayers about difficult life events function as self-disclosure to God and can provide for similar health benefits given the opportunity for emotional expression and meaning-making.

Joy Castro:  "The Truth Book:  A Reading and Reflection on Religion and Childhood Abuse."  

Wednesday October 19 at 7:00 pm.

ISU Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room DeDe II. 

Cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Health Religion & Spirituality, the ISU Honors Program, and the ISU Women's Studies program.  Dr. Castro, of Wabash College will be reading from her book and discussing her personal experiences.  She is the author of The Truth Book: Escaping a Childhood of Abuse Among Jehovah's Witnesses.  More information about Dr. Castro is available here:  Wabash College Story on Joy Castro.

Fall 2005 Campus & Community Luncheon Series

The topic was MORAL VALUES IN THE 21ST CENTURY.  Although this event was not sponsored by the Center, speakers included two faculty members affiliated with the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality and one member of our Community Advisory Board. 

October 5:  Moral Values Today

                     Dr. Tom Johnson

                     Professor of Psychology and Associate Director, CSHRS

October 12:  Sources of Moral Authority

                       Rev. Charles W. Webb, Jr.

                       Director, Church & Alumni Relations,

                       Christian Theological Seminary

October 19:  Jewish and Christian Ethics

                       Dr. Betsy Frank, Professor of Nursing, ISU; & Para-          

                       Rabbinic Fellow, United Hebrew Congregation

                       Rev. Linda Peters, Pastor, Unity Presbyterian Church

October 26:  How to Find Common Ground

                       Rev. Jimmy Watson

                       Pastor, St. Mark United Church Of Christ

Opening Reception

Monday September 26, 4:00 pm on the 9th Floor of the Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU Campus


April 29, 2005

Guilia Plum, CSB:  Christian Science:  How it Addresses Health, Illness, & Spirituality.

Public Lecture: "The Biology of Acupuncture"
Margaret Moga, Faculty of the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education and affiliated faculty member of the Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality.  March 29, 2005 in the new Life Sciences Dept., 4 pm, Science Building, Room 12.

Friday, February 11, 2005 - 12:00 noon - Cunningham Library Room 028
Patrick Bennett, University of Nevada-Reno
"Prayers About Traumatic Experiences as Self-Disclosure to God: Implications for Health and Well-being"

Monday, February 14, 2005 - 5:00 pm - Cunningham Library Room 028
Jon Webb, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
"Understanding the Relationships Between Forgiveness, Health, and Well-Being"

Friday, February 18, 2005 - 12:00 noon - Cunningham Library Room 028
Adam Cohen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
"Religious Culture, Morality, and Emotion: New Facets of Individualism and Collectivism"

Spirituality and Addiction: Scientific, Theological, & Clinical Perspectives
March 10-12, 2005
This three day conference featured nationally known speakers as well as local researchers, practitioners, and clergy.  Click on the link below for more information:
Addictions Conference Information

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Dr. Harold Koenig
“Religion, Spirituality & Health: History, Research, & Clinical Applications”
Co-Sponsored with Union Hospital, the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, West Central Indiana AHEC.
Landsbaum Center for Health Education
1433 N. 6 ½ St.Terre Haute, IN

Dr. Koenig is one of the leading figures in the study of health, religion, and spirituality. He is the Director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Religion/Spirituality and Health. He has published numerous books and professional articles. Dr. Koenig came to Terre Haute for two presentations, one to medical staff at Union Hospital, and a three hour presentation attended by over 150 health care providers, psychologists, social workers, students, and the general public.

Thursday, December 9, 12:00 Noon
"Zurkhaneh: The Persian 'House of Strength' and Muslim Beliefs about Athleticism"
Speaker: Dakin Burdick, Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Dr. Burdick holds a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, as well as black belts in several martial arts disciplines. His research has examined various aspects of the history of the martial arts, including their development in the United States.

Thursday, November 18, 12:00 noon
Speaker: Matthew R. Draper, Ph.D. of the Department of Counseling at ISU spoke on "The Implicit Values of Psychology vs. The Explicit Values of Religion“

October 30 - Meditation Retreat

Campus & Community Luncheon Series
Spirituality and Health
The Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & Spirituality and the United Campus Ministries Center co-sponsored the Campus & Community Luncheon Series in the fall. The topic was Spirituality and Health.

October 6, 2004
Definitions & Connections

Tom Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, ISU

October 13, 2004
Body, Mind, & Spirit

Rev. Jackie Chandler, D.Min.
Staff Counselor, Buchanan Counseling Center Methodist Hospital-Clarian Health, Indianapolis

October 20, 2004
African American Concerns

Gwen Lee-Thomas, Ph.D. Chair, Indiana Minority Health Coalition

October 27, 2004
A Physician’s Perspective

Kathy Stienstra, M.D.
Union Hospital Family Practice Center

November 3
Conclusions & Future Directions

Jean Kristeller, Ph.D. Director, Center for the Study of Health Religion & Spirituality, ISU

The center hosted a reception on September 22nd in the Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU Campus. The reception was well attended and was followed by a presentation on upcoming programs and ongoing research activities.

Monday, August 30, 2004
Christina Tourin gave a lecture and demonstration on Harp Therapy.

Friday July 23, 2004
Speaker: Dr. Ramakrishna Rao spoke on "The Psychology of Consciousness: Foundations of Indian Psychology".
Day and Time: Noon on Friday, July 23, 2004
Place: B-031, Root Hall.
A light lunch will be served.

Professor K. Ramakrishna Rao is the Founding President of the Institute for Human Science & Service. He studied at Andhra University and received his Ph. D. and D. Lit. degrees in philosophy and psychology respectively. He attended the University of Chicago as the Smith - Mundt Fulbright Scholar and was a Fellow of the Rockfeller Foundation and later carried out research at Duke University. Dr. Rao's academic appointments include Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology & Parapsychology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, and Director, Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, NC. He has served as Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University; Advisor on Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education; and Vice- Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Planning Board. Professor Rao has taught at Andhra University, California Institute of Human Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has served as the Editor of the Journal of Parapsychology and the Journal of Indian Psychology and has published over 100 research papers and 12 books, the most recent being Consciousness Studies: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (McFarland, 2002). Dr. Rao is also Chair of the LSI grantee Center for Study of Science & Religion.

April 22, 2004
Addressing Religion in Clinical Supervision: A Model
Jamie Aten, MS & Barbara Couden-Hernandez, Ph.D. of the ISU Department of Counseling gave a presentation based on their paper that is forthcoming in the journal: Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, & Practice.

Philosophy Department Spring Lecture Series
The Business of Health Care: Ethical Issues at the Intersection of Business and Medicine
Daniel Palmer, Kent State University, Trumbull Campus
April 16, 2004

April 1, 2004
Screening of the film - "Sight of Stillness"
Carolyn Speranza is an artist, independent filmmaker, and experienced mediator who has created a film that visually expresses the experience and transformative power of meditation. Ms. Speranza was on the ISU campus for several days as part of a new project, getting initial footage for a work on Dr. Jean Kristeller's meditation treatment for binge eating disorder. During her visit, Ms. Speranza presented a screening of her powerful film on meditation.

Philosophy Department Spring Lecture Series
Existence of God - Louis Mancha
Thursday, April 1, 2004
Ethics and Farming - Raymond Anthony
March 19, 2004

March 18, 2004
The Ethics of Health Care, Research, and Practice

Continuing Education Workshop held at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education Sponsored by the West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (IWCI-AHEC), the College of Arts & Sciences at Indiana State University, and the Terre Haute Center for Medical Education

February 12, 2004
Living as a Global Community with HIV/AIDS

Dr. Suzy Fletcher of the ISU School of Nursing

December 4, 2003
History of Spirituality in Judaism

Rabbi Lewis 'Buz' Bogage, D.Div. University
Rabbi, DePauw University
Dr. Betsy Frank, Professor in the School of Nursing and Para Rabbinic Fellow at United Hebrew Congregation in Terre Haute

November 13 & 14, 2003
Reconciling Science and Theology for Today's World

Brother Barry Donahue, Ph.D., Director Providence Center
A native of Australia, Brother Barry has been a member of the Christian Brothers Order since 1964. He has studied education, music, religious education, group dynamics, theology, and English literature. Br. Barry also holds the degree of Doctor of Ministry, the topic of his dissertation being how to facilitate people moving towards a more spiritual life in a postmodern world. He has taught children and adults in Australia and the United Sates in a variety of settings. Since 1998, Br. Barry has been Director of the Providence Center at the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for the Sisters of Providence. his duties focus mainly on the inauguration and development of "SpiritPro," a series of spiritually/healing programs for the people of the Wabash Valley. He also facilitates many of the various Providence Center Prayer Programs, running retreats, reflection days, group dynamics seminars, leadership programs, Open Space Technologies programs, pilgrimages, tours and so on.

Oct 18, 2003
A full day meditation retreat.

James Carson, Ph.D., Duke University and Kimberly Carson, MPH.
James and Kim Carson are master meditation and yoga teachers who have taught for over 20 years in the US, Europe and Asia.
What: A full day meditation retreat, lunch included. Public invited. This was be a full retreat day, spent mostly in silent guided practice.

Oct 17, 2003
Meditation and Yoga: Is it for me?

James Carson, Ph.D., Duke University and Kimberly Carson, MPH.
James and Kim Carson are master meditation and yoga teachers who have taught for over 20 years in the US, Europe and Asia
What: An experiential introduction to meditation, with 1.5 hours of yoga and meditation practice, with time for questions and answers, and preparation for the full day Saturday retreat.

Oct 16, 2003
Meditation and Yoga: What are they?

James Carson, Ph.D., Duke University and Kimberly Carson, MPH. James and Kim Carson are master meditation and yoga teachers who have taught for over 20 years in the US, Europe and Asia.
What: This introductory lecture reviewed the main types and benefits of meditation and yoga, along with a brief introduction of meditation.

Thursday October 9, 2003
Spirituality and Psychotherap
James W. Jones, M.Div, Ph.D., Psy.D. (Departments of Religion and Psychology- Rutgers University) - A professional education workshop.

The Transforming Moment: Spiritual and Psychological Perspectives
James W. Jones, M.Div, Ph.D., Psy.D. (Departments of Religion and Psychology- Rutgers University) - a talk for the general public.

September 24 & 25, 2003
Can Spirituality Prevent Alcohol Problems?

Thomas J. Johnson, Ph.D. Indiana State University

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