Trauma, Moral Injury & Christian Life
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Program Start: May 2023
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023
The imperative to remember and lament the brokenness of our pasts—to move from silence to words and to work through our individual and collective traumas toward wholeness—so that we might live more fully in the present and work toward a more just and equitable future is apparent. It is not, however, adequately studied or acted on.
The imperative has become even more apparent and urgent, due to the worldwide pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, which has killed more than half a million in the United States alone.
It is in response to this imperative that we propose a DMin track focused on “Trauma, Moral Injury, and Christian Faith.” The church must learn the reality of trauma and its effects and respond with wisdom and knowledge and with love and compassion. We aim to equip our pastors so to do.
Expected Graduation: May 2027
May 9-12, 2023 Introduction to the Study of Trauma and Moral Injury
— Dr. Paul Cho
May 15-19, 2023 Healing Moral Injury — Dr. Chris Hansen
January 2-5, 2024 Genocide: A Human Rights Challenge - Dr. Beverly Mitchell
January 8-12, 2024 Pastoral Care and Trauma - Dr. Michael Koppel
May 7-10 , 2024 Hebrew Bible and Trauma - Dr. Denise Hopkins
May 13-17, 2024 Life Hurts: Embracing Trauma Informed Approach to Suicide Prevention - Dr. Anne Mathews Younes and M. Luther Hall
January 6 -10, 2025 Creative Responses to Community Trauma - Dr. Devon Abts
Additional courses anticipated:
A Theology of Trauma
Clinical Perspectives on Trauma and Christian Faith
Christian Liturgy and Trauma
Anti-Black Racism and Trauma
Trauma in Latinx Communities
Trauma and Asian American Christianity Trauma of LGBTQIA communities
On-line Project Seminar – offered several times a year
* Dates and courses may be subject to change
Program Notes: In addition, students must take two elective courses for a total of 30 credit hours.
Electives may be taken in classroom, online or study trips such as:
Aug 2023: Pilgrimage to the Alabama of the Civil Rights Movement (Dr. C. Anthony Hunt) Sept 2023: Leadership Institute at the Church of the Resurrection (TBD)