In this installment of the ATS CORE-sponsored Trauma and Spirituality series, panelists Micah L. McCreary and Steven J. Sandage will expand on the conversation from the first webinar held in November. They will respond to the reported high rates of trauma/adversity impacting current seminary students and share research data on the capacity of human and spiritual formation in building resilience and forming as a path to well-being.
This webinar series is designed to raise awareness about the impact of trauma and its diverse manifestations among diverse students and faculty of ATS member schools. The webinar will engage leaders of these schools in conversation that will help them to recognize the presence and impact of trauma within theological institutions and the capacity of spirituality in generating resilience and well-being as holistic responses that build capacity for transformative action. It will also highlight the interconnected nature of the Standards of Accreditation to the issues of trauma and spirituality.
The deadline to register is Friday, February 2.
A link to a pre-recorded presentation by the panel will be sent on February 5 to all webinar registrants. On February 15, a live webinar will be hosted where attendees can engage with the panel and each other in response to the presentation.
Micah L. McCreary began his term as the 12th president of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2017. Prior to coming to NBTS, McCreary was president and CEO of McCreary and Madison Associates, a psychological and human resources consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as a tenured associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for 21 years. While at VCU, McCreary held the positions of assistant vice provost for diversity, quality enhancement plan coordinator, and co-director of the Counseling Psychology Program.
He has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics such as Trauma and Race: The Path to Psycho-Social-Spiritual Wellbeing; Church Hurt and Suicidal Ideation: What the Church Should and Shouldn’t Say and Do; and The Holy Pause of Holy Saturday. McCreary’s new book, Trauma and Race: A Pathway to Wellbeing, was published by Fortress Press in September 2023.
McCreary is a member of the New Brunswick Classis of the Reformed Church in America (RCA). He was ordained by the New Hope Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan (member of the National Baptist Convention), and his ordination was recognized by the American Baptist Churches in 2001 and received by the RCA in 2018. In 2021, McCreary was installed as an RCA General Synod Professor of Theology.
McCreary and his spouse, Jacqueline E. Madison-McCreary, pastored the Spring Creek Baptist Church in Moseley, Virginia for 16 years. Prior to Spring Creek, McCreary was director of youth ministry for the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and senior pastor of the Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church of Sandston, Virginia.
He holds an MDiv from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University and a Master of Science and PhD in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has received several fellowships, including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Fellowship, and the American Council on Education Presidential Fellowship.
Steven J. Sandage is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology with appointments in the School of Theology and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He is also research director and staff psychologist at the Danielsen Institute, which has a long history of providing psychological services to both religious leaders and the wider Boston community. His recent books with the American Psychological Association include: Forgiveness and Spirituality in Psychotherapy; Relational Spirituality in Psychotherapy; and Spiritual Diversity in Psychotherapy. He has done research on spiritual formation, mental health, and intercultural competence among religious leaders for more than 20 years through funding from the Templeton Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Fetzer Institute, and the Peale Foundation. He also practices as a Licensed Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute with clinical specializations that include couple and family therapy, multicultural therapy, and spiritually-integrative therapy.
Date & Time
Thu, Feb 15, 2024 , 2:00 p.m. ET —
Thu, Feb 15, 2024 , 3:15 p.m. ET