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Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces
The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

Editor: Ryan LaMothe, Ph.D.  -  rlamothe@saintmeinrad.edu

A Founding Editor: James Hyde

Editorial Board:
Kathleen Greider, Ph.D.; Horace Griffin, Ph.D.; Jaco Hamman, Ph.D.
Bill Harkins, Ph.D; William Schmidt, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Walker, Th.D.;
Bruce Vaughn, Ph.D.

Sacred Spaces articles contain the views and opinions of their authors and
do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of AAPC.

Submission Guidelines:
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If you are interested in submitting an article, please read the Submission Guide.


Volume 7 - 2015

This issue provides articles from pastoral theologians and counselors who have spent considerable time and thought trying to integrate neuroscience research and pastoral practice. Their pioneering work represents the field's initial steps toward making use of the insights of brain science for pastoral care and counseling. 

Thanks to Jason Whitehead, Ph.D., who served as guest editor for this issue.  Thanks also to all the contributors for their hard work and insights.  I wish to extend a special thanks to Dr. Cody Sanders, Pastor of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square, who has agreed to serve as co-editor for the next four years.

Ryan LaMothe, Editor, Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors


A Note from the Editor - Ryan LaMothe

Guest Editor Introduction - Jason Whitehead

  "Gray Matters: Exploring the Relationship between the Neurosciences and Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling through Method" - Jason Whitehead

 "The Physical Nature of Christian Life:  Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church" - Warren Brown/Brad Strawn

 "Performativity and Plasticity: Storying Self Bi-directionally in the Embodied Brain Ecosystem" - Bill Roozeboom

 "Mindfulness-Based Approaches to Pastoral Care and Counseling" - Kirk Bingaman

  "Neuroscience can Contribute to Pastoral Care" - Pat McNamara

 "The Ritualizing Mind: Recent Evolutionary and Neuroscientific Insights into Doing Religion" - David Hogue

"Of Unequal Temperament: What Neuroscience Suggests about Pastoral Care with Artists" - Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier

Bibliography or Books on Neuroscience



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