We invite you to the 2019 Blandy Lectures and Alumni Convocation!
Join us for the convocation on November 7–9, 2019.
Alongside thoughtful programming, Blandy offers alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the seminary an opportunity to reconnect through worship, fun, and fellowship. In addition to the thought-provoking speaker and programming, attendees are invited to worship in Christ Chapel, a fun Friday night dinner, and to cheer on the ThuriBulls at the annual Polity Bowl.
In a world where our awareness and understanding of mental-health issues is growing, Blandy lecturer Dr. Warren Kinghorn will speak to the convocation about the intersection of Christian communities and mental-health care, especially around the issue of moral injury.
Learn more about the entire 3 day event below:
Keynote Lectures by Dr. Warren Kinghorn
Mental health care, especially the practice of psychiatry, is often focused on establishing and maintaining control over distressing or disvalued emotion, experience, and behavior. Control over one’s body and one’s life is an important human good, especially for survivors of trauma. But control is not the highest good, and programs of mental health care that focus on control may promote unhealthy practices of self-surveillance and subjection to technologies of control. By contrast, Christian reflection on action and contemplation has often emphasized that control is a proximate good that enables and points toward the higher goods of love, wonder, and contemplation. What would it look like for mental health care practices to be oriented not toward control but toward wonder? Focusing on St. Thomas Aquinas’ treatment of the active life and contemplative life (Summa theologiae IIaIIae qq. 179-182), we will explore the role of prudence and the moral virtues in framing healthy strategies of control that yet point beyond themselves toward the capacity for love and wonder for God and for all that God has made-and how mental health care would look different as a result.
Several continuing education sessions will be offered, including:
- Undoing Anti-Judaism in the Liturgy presented by The Rev. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski and Rabbi Neil Blumofe.
- New Telemental Health Practices: Ethics, Rules and Clinical Considerations presented by the Southwest Counseling Faculty
Worship in Christ Chapel
Dinner, Live Music and more!
“Wendy Colonna is not just a singer-songwriter, she’s a force of nature.” – Austin American-Statesman
Blandy revs up as it winds down with dinner, live music, and a pep rally for our ThuriBulls in the next day’s Polity Bowl. Austin singer-songwriter Wendy Colonna will entertain with her soulful style that has been described as a soul singer, who, “delivers hard-hitting truths about loss, anguish, and love.”
Learn more at wendycolonna.com
Find the full Blandy schedule below.
For more information, please contact Katherine Bailey Brown, director of annual giving and alumni relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.472.4133 ext. 333.
Full Blandy schedule:
Thursday, November 7
1:30 Registration, light bites, and drinks
1:45 Welcome and Overview
2:00 Continuing Ed Session 1: Undoing Anti-Judaism in the Liturgy, The Rev. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, PhD & Rabbi Neil Blumofe
3:15 Continuing Ed Session 2: Undoing Anti-Judaism in the Liturgy, The Rev. Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski, PhD & Rabbi Neil Blumofe
5:30 Alumni Eucharist
6:30 Dinner & Presentation of Hal Brook Perry Award
7:30 Warren Kinghorn Lecture: Walking with Veterans After War: Combat Trauma, Moral Injury, and the Journey Home
8:45 Dessert Reception
Friday, November 8
8:30 Breakfast with the Dean
9:30 Morning Prayer
10:15 Warren Kinghorn Lecture: From Control to Wonder: Action, Contemplation, and Modern Mental Health Care
11:30-1:30 Center Continuing Ed Lunch & Learn: Telemental Health- Ethics and Practice Considerations, Southwest Faculty
11:45 Holy Eucharist
12:30 Lunch Panel Discussion
1:45 Share Shop Session 1
3:15 Share Shop 2
5:00 Evening Prayer
5:30 Polity Bowl Pep Rally
6:00 Celebration Dinner
6:30 Live Music
Saturday, November 9
10:00 Polity Bowl