Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:04 AM
Dr. Cedric Johnson comes to Wesley from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he taught graduate courses in their School of Social Work, including Spirituality and Social Work and Advanced Clinical Practice. Prior to receiving his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, he worked in the field of community mental health for fifteen years.
Dr. Johnson said, “The field of community mental health has realized that spirituality is related to psychological and emotional well-being, and religious practice should be assessed as a potential asset and vital component of an effective treatment plan.”
Dr. Johnson will be teaching Pastoral Care and Counseling in Context and Couples and Family Counseling this semester at Wesley while pursuing his research on the impact of globalization on communities in general and communities of faith in particular. “Globalization has real and even traumatizing effects. The shifting of populations, the flow of capital, out-sourcing of jobs, the fluid movements of people; lives are dramatically changed. I am interested in how religious practices can facilitate healing in these contexts.”
He continued, “All my professional life, I have tried to keep one foot in the academy, one foot in the church and one foot in the streets. I want to build bridges between the three for mutually respectful and beneficial conversations and sharing of resources.”
Dr. Johnson is excited to be joining the Wesley community and to be in a vibrant city like Washington, DC, though he says that he loves New York City in terms of its multi-cultural mix, performing arts and different points of view. Though, he adds, he’s excited about being in DC at this time, referring to the upcoming election cycle.
He is also interested in engaging with Wesley’s Urban Ministry program stating, “Wesley is sensitized to and called to minister to the church and is intentional about serving the oppressed and marginalized in urban contexts. I am very excited about participating in that project.”
Welcome, Dr. Johnson! We’re glad to have you.
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