Your Brain on God:
A day with neurologist and best-selling author, Dr. Andrew Newberg
Why do people believe what they believe?
Are human beings hard-wired for God?
Is God only in the brain?
Are there health benefits to religion and religious behaviors?
Why won't God go away?
We invite you to a compelling and enjoyable workshop day around topics such as these with the nationally known neurologist, Dr. Andrew Newberg. An engaging presenter and the author of several books (How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why God Won't Go Away), you may know him best from his published brain scans of monks and nuns in meditation and prayer as well as from his surveys of people's spiritual experiences and attitudes.
We invite you to a compelling and enjoyable workshop day with the nationally known and engaging presenter, Dr. Andrew Newberg. The author of several books (How God Changes Your Brain, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why God Won't Go Away), Dr. Newberg is a Professor and Director of Research at the Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine and a pioneer in the emergent field known as “neurotheology" -- the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences.
You may know Dr. Newberg best from his published brain scans of monks and nuns while in meditation and prayer and from his surveys of people's spiritual experiences and attitudes. His research now largely focuses on how brain function is associated with various mental states—in particular, religious and mystical experiences.
Our program runs from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 8th at the Sheraton University, 801 University Ave., Syracuse. Your registration fee includes hotel garage parking on site and we are pleased to offer a discount for those who register early.
Please join us -- we look forward to seeing you there!
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This event is sponsored by the Compass Institute, a venture of the Episcopal Diocese of CNY inviting exploration and dialogue for anyone intrigued by the junction of science, the arts, postmodern life, and spirituality.
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A Living Tree: The Invention of the Cross in the Imagination of the Ancient Church
Mosaic, St. John Lateran, Rome
Led by: Dr. Robin Jensen
Presented by: The Very Rev. Donnel O’Flynn
Sponsored by: The Compass Institute of the Diocese of Central New York
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 3:15pm
Place: Trinity Episcopal Church, 106 Chapel St., Fayetteville, NY 13066
It is truly a pleasure to invite you to a presentation by Professor Robin Jensen of Vanderbilt Divinity School on a subject dear to my heart. That subject is exploring how exactly the Cross and salvation were depicted in early Christianity, which was quite different from what we
might expect. I was privileged to lead a Lenten quiet day for diocesan clergy called, “Re-discovering the Cross as the Tree of Life.” The title reveals all: early Christians depicted the Cross as a source of life and healing, a tradition many of us would like to see renewed.
My talk to the clergy was that of an enthusiastic amateur. Professor Jensen will approach it as a scholar who has dedicated her career to early Christian art and speaks with great academic authority. You will see from her biography how exceptionally well prepared she is to speak with us. Robin is engaging as a person and a practicing Christian for whom these studies are more than merely academic. Those who attend will feel both enlightened and enlivened as a result.
Many thanks to the Compass Institute for making this event possible. I hope to see you there!
(Rev) Donnel O’Flynn,
St. Thomas, Hamilton
Dr. Jensen’s Biography
Robin Jensen is the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses in both the Department of the History of Art and the Divinity School. Most of her research and writing focus on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture in light of its theological significance and practical contexts. Her courses include introductions to Jewish and Christian pictorial hermeneutics; visual representations of God, the Trinity, Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the saints; and the religious art of Late Antiquity.
Jensen’s books include Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000); Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2005) and The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith and the Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2004); Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism (Brill, 2011), and Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity (Baker Academic, 2012). She was also a contributing editor to Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art (Yale, 2008), co-editor of Visual Theology (Liturgical Press, 2010), and co-editor of the Cambridge History of Late Antique Archaeology(expected 2015). With her husband, J Patout Burns, she recently completed Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Belief (Eerdmans, 2014). Her current project, The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy, is due to be published by Harvard University Press in 2015.
Schedule & Format for the Day
9:30 Gathering and Coffee
10:00 First session: “The First Centuries: Overcoming the Scandal of the Cross or An Exercise in Re-Narration”
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Second session: “The Earliest Visual Depictions of the Cross and Crucified Christ: Not
What You Expected”
1:00 Third session: “Legends of the Cross: Mighty Signs and Fantastic Stories”
1:45 Coffee Break
2:00 Fourth session: “The Future of the Cross: Reclaiming the Tree of Life”
3:00-3:15 Closing prayer
Each session will be a combination of speaker presentation (with PowerPoint) and discussion. There will be about a half hour of informal lecture, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.
Register on or before September 5th.