Christ & Trauma: Doing Theology East of Eden
WhereHoly Trinity Church, South St, St Andrews KY16 9NL
When12 July 2019 09:00
About the Event
The conversation in the Church on human suffering has changed. Horrific scandal is constantly reported from today’s media, and an awareness of trauma has seeped into daily vernacular and the imagination of popular culture. Tragically, the Church is not immune to these scandals. This not the way it’s supposed to be.
Trauma is the overwhelming experience of feeling threatened with annihilation. Trauma fragments one’s sense of self and haunts the survivor with intrusive memories of terror. How can we think theologically about these experiences? What is the intersection between the story of Jesus and our stories of trauma? How can we think in the light of Christ’s coming about the darkness of living in a fallen world?
This conference is open to pastors, theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars, counselors, parishioners, laymen, clinicians, survivors, and healers…indeed, any and all humans who have been affected by or have an interest in traumatic experience. By the end of the conference, attendees will leave with a fresh vision for the nature of God, the nature of profound human suffering, and how it is that we can faithfully bear witness and administer healing in a world so shattered by unspeakable terrors.