Toward Open Christianity Bard College


Sidney Callahan, an author, scholar and Licensed Psychologist. She earned her B.A. in English (magna cum laude) from Bryn Mawr Colledge, her M.A. in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the City University of New York. Sidney Callahan has written many books, articles and columns devoted to religious, psychological and ethical questions. She has been awarded many honors and served on many boards. She has been a tenured professor of psychology and held visiting chairs of moral theology and psychology at Georgetown University and St. John's University in New York. Presently she is a Distinguished Scholar at The Hastings Center. Sidney and Daniel Callahan have been married since 1954 and have six grown children and four grandchildren.

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Paul E. Capetz, Associate Professor of Historical Theology, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College. Professor Capetz holds a B.A. from UCLA (1979), an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1984), and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1996). He is the author of Christian Faith as Religion: A Study in the Theologies of Calvin and Schleiermacher and God: A Brief History, the latter of which has recently been translated into French.

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Bruce D. Chilton—who is also executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology and chaplain of Bard College—is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism, and the author of the first critical translation of the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987). He has written academic studies that put Jesus in his Jewish context (Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, 2000; Pure Kingdom, 1996; The Temple of Jesus, 1992; and A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible, 1984). His book, Mary Magdalene: A Biography, is now available in paperback, as are Rabbi Jesus and Rabbi Paul. Chilton has taught in Europe at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and M√ľnster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament) and Bard College. Throughout his career, he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church; he is currently rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York.

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Brenda deMartine is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. She also holds many other certifications: Ayurveda Yoga Practitioner, Wellness Educator, Lay Chaplin in The Community of Hope, Reiki Level II, Shake Your Soul / Kripalu DansKinetics, and Gyrokinesis (tm). Brenda brings twenty five years of teaching experience to her yoga, fitness and dance classes along with her special training in dance, Pilates, Yoga for Back Care, Yoga for Fibromyalgia, Meditation, and Pranayama. She is an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, NY where she offers a free bi-monthly 'Family Yoga' class on Wednesday evenings as part of her Karma Yoga practice.

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Carolyn DeWaldCarolyn DeWald received her B.A. from Swarthmore in 1968 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She taught at Stanford (1975-7), USC (1977-2003) and at Vassar as Blegen Distingiushed Professor (2001-02). NEH Fellow 1984-85, Phi Beta Kappa National Lecturer 2002-03. Author of numerous articles on Herodotus, Thucydides and Greek historiography, as well as the introduction and commentary to the Oxford edition of Herodotus (tr. Robin Wakefield, 1998). Co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Herodotus and author of a forthcoming study of narrative organization in the history of Thucydides.

Matthew Fox is author of 28 books including Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet, One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, A Spirituality Named Compassion, and his most recent A New Reformation: Creation Spirituality and the Transformation of Christianity. He was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate (received summa cum laude) in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Matthew Fox has been renewing the ancient tradition of Creation Spirituality that was named for him by his mentor, the late Father Marie Dominic Chenu, o.p., in his studies in Paris. This tradition is feminist, welcoming of the arts and artists, wisdom centered, prophetic and caring about eco-justice and social justice and gender justice issues. Fox's effort to reawaken the West to its own mystical tradition has included revivifying awareness of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart and the mysticism of Thomas Aquinas as well as interacting with contemporary scientists who are also mystics.

Fox is a well received lecturer who has spoken at many professional and community gatherings on many continents and in many countries around the world. Fox's books have received numerous awards and he is recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award of which other recipients have included the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks. He has led a renewal of liturgical forms with "The Cosmic Mass" that mixes dance, techno and live music, dj, vj, rap and contemporary art forms with the western liturgical tradition.

Fox believes that by "reinventing work, education and worship we can bring about a non-violent revolution on our planet" and has committed himself to this vision for many years. A new book published in 2006 is called The A.W.E. Project: An Educational Transformation for Post-Modern Times lays out the elements of an educational revolution for young people that is based on his 30 years of educating adults with an alternative pedagogy based on cosmology, creativity and contemplation. A young rapper and video artist named Professor Pitt is putting the basic ideas of that book into a DVD video and Fox is working with Pitt and other young people to establish a project called YELLAWE: "Youth and Elder Learning Laboratory for Ancestral Wisdom Education." Fox resides in Oakland, California.

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Christine E. Gudorf, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Florida International University. Dr. Gudorf received her PhD from Columbia University in joint program with Union Theological Seminary, in Religion. She has specialized in Christian Ethics, publishing eight books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters in sexual ethics, environmental ethics and Catholic social teaching. Her latest books are Ethics in World Religions with Regina Wolfe (Orbis 1999) and Boundaries: A Casebook in Environmental Ethics (Georgetown University Press, 2003) with James Huchingson. She is currently the Vice-President/President-Elect of the Society of Christian Ethics.

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Suzanne GuthrieSuzanne Guthrie is the author of Praying the Hours and Grace's Window: Entering the Seasons of Prayer and has been a columnist for Christian Century and Episcopal Life. Involved with Christian Education of all ages, Suzanne teaches and leads retreats on Christian mysticism, Bible, and prayer, and is interested in ritual play and worship as a way of sanctifying time and place for sacred encounter. Suzanne is the Episcopal Chaplain at Cornell University.

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Maruice HincheyCongressman Maurice Hinchey was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 1992 after serving 18 years in the New York State Assembly, including 14 years as Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Conservation. From January 1993 through December 1998, he was a member of the House Committee on Banking and Financial Services and the House Committee on Natural Resources. He was then elected by his colleagues to the House Appropriations Committee and serves on its subcommittees on Agriculture and the Interior. The congressman is also one of 20 members on the bicameral and bipartisan Joint Economic Committee. Additionally, Hinchey serves on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Early in his first year in Congress, Hinchey initiated and led the successful effort to preserve Sterling Forest, the last significant area of open space in the New York metropolitan region and an important watershed for southeastern New York and northern New Jersey. He also introduced and saw enacted legislation to create the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the first federal action formally recognizing the fundamentally significant role the people of the Hudson Valley played in the early development of America and its institutions.

As a member of the House Banking Committee, Hinchey's pointed and persistent questioning of Alan Greenspan forced the Federal Reserve Board Chairman to admit to the existence of taped recordings of the meetings of the Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC), the board's policy making body. As a result, the public now has, for the first time, direct insight into the thinking of the FOMC and the logic behind the decisions affecting interest rates and other important economic policies.

On the Appropriations Committee, Hinchey has been a strong advocate for the integrity of American agriculture, focusing on protecting the family farm and the safety of the food supply. He continues to be a firm and effective defender of America's natural resources, especially our national parks and wilderness areas. Hinchey is the author of legislation that would designate more than nine million acres of federal land in southern Utah as permanent wilderness, thereby protecting some of the nation’s most spectacular landscapes, rare pictographs and fragile lands. He has also led the battle to protect the integrity of the Smithsonian Institution from crass commercialization.

In 1997 Hinchey and the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote and passed legislation re-designating New York's Route 17 as Interstate 86, which could bring an additional $3.2 billion in increased economic activity to the Southern Tier and Catskills regions. When the legislation was passed, Hinchey secured more than $17 million in needed upgrades for the highway and led a community lobbying effort to convince New York State to complete the project quickly. He has used his position on the Appropriations Committee to ensure maximum federal funding for this important project.

In 1999 Hinchey wrote an amendment to intelligence reauthorization legislation that forced the declassification of documents that revealed the active role the Nixon Administration --especially Henry Kissinger-- played in the illegal overthrow of Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of Chile, in 1973. He was one of the first and most outspoken opponents of the 2003 war in Iraq. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Asia, Northern Africa and Europe.

Hinchey began his 18-year tenure in the New York State Assembly in 1975. He was the first Democrat elected to the state legislature from Ulster County since 1912, and only the second since the Civil War. He became Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee in 1979. Under his leadership, the committee conducted a successful investigation into the causes of "Love Canal," the nation's first major toxic dumpsite, and developed landmark environmental legislation including the nation's first law to control acid rain. Between 1982 and 1992, Hinchey led an investigation into organized crime's control of the waste-hauling industry that led to the conviction of more than 20 criminal figures. He successfully led the fight --first in Albany and later in Washington-- to force the cleanup of PCBs from the Hudson River. During his tenure in Albany, he was responsible for the development of the statewide system of Urban Cultural Parks (now called Heritage Areas), including those in Kingston and Binghamton. Hinchey is the author of the act that created the Hudson River Valley Greenway. He also served on the Ways and Means, Rules, Banks, Health, Higher Education, Labor, Energy and Agriculture committees.

Born on Manhattan's Lower West Side in 1938 and raised there and in Saugerties, New York, Hinchey enlisted in the U.S. Navy after high school graduation, serving in the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Marshall. After receiving an honorable discharge, he worked for two years as a laborer in a Hudson Valley cement plant. Hinchey then enrolled in the State University of New York at New Paltz and put himself through college working as a night-shift toll collector on the New York State Thruway. He went on to earn a master's degree at SUNY New Paltz and did advanced graduate work in public administration and economics at the State University of New York at Albany.

Hinchey is the father of three children. He and his wife, Allison Lee, make their home in Hurley, New York.


Scott Holland is Associate Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Peace Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in partnership with the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. He is also a Contributing Editor for CrossCurrents Journal in New York City. His recent publications include, Seeking Cultures of Peace (with Fernando Enns and Ann Riggs) Geneva: World Council of Churches Publications, 2004, and How Do Stories Save Us? Co-published by Peeters Press, Leuven, Belgium and Eerdmans Press in the USA— Forthcoming Spring 2007.

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William E. Hood, Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art History, Oberlin College.

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Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion (Chicago, 2007), The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflections on the Study of Religion (Chicago, 2006), Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (Chicago, 2001), and Kali's Child: The Mystical and the Erotic in the Life and Teachings of Ramakrishna (Chicago, 1995). He has also co-edited volumes with Glenn W. Shuck on the history of Esalen and the American counter culture, On the Edge of the Future: Esalen and the Evolution of American Culture (Indiana, 2005); with Rachel Fell McDermott on a popular Hindu goddess, Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West (California, 2003); with G. William Barnard on the ethical critique of mystical traditions, Crossing Boundaries: Essays on the Ethical Status of Mysticism (Seven Bridges, 2002); and with T.G. Vaidyanathan of Bangalore, India, on the dialogue between psychoanalysis and Hinduism, Vishnu on Freud's Desk: A Reader in Psychoanalysis and Hinduism (Oxford, 1999). His areas of interest include the comparative erotics and ethics of mystical literature, American countercultural translations of Asian religious traditions, and the history of Western esotericism, particularly as this complex has encountered and incorporated Asian practices and ideas in the colonial and postcolonial periods.

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Andrew McCarronAndrew McCarron was born and raised in the Hudson River Valley. He was educated at Bard College and Harvard Divinity School, and is currently pursing a Ph.D. in Psychology at the City University of New York. He lives in Manhattan and teaches Religion at Trinity School, and is a member of the Language and Thinking faculty at Bard College. He was the poet in residence at the Accompanied Library at the National Arts Club from 2004 to 2005. His poetry has appeared in the Colorado Review, the Hudson Review, Hanging Loose Magazine, Octopus Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other journals.

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Stephen McDonnell, M.Div., LICSW, CAC,is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, D.C. He has experience and training in many treatment modalities, including Gestalt and Jungian Psychologies, with a special interest in the therapeutic uses of creativityas well asbody and energy work. Last year, he completed a process of 100 Mandalas in 100 Days, about which he has written a book.

Mandala Making: Carl G. Jung identified mandalas as spontaneous creations or responses; theycan be created intentionally to facilitate integration, understanding, growth and transformation. We will use mandala responses to conference and personal themes, and as a spiritual exercise, opening toward the Transcendent.

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Paul E. Murray, (1997 – present) Catholic Chaplain and Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion , Bard College. B.A. Bard College; S.T.B., Pontifical Gregorian University; M.A., Ph.D. Catholic University of America. Founder and executive director, Among Friends, which provides transitional housing, counseling and job search assistance to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in crisis (1992-1997). Pastoral ministry, Archdiocese of Washington (1975-1998) Publications include "A Cultural Reading of Literature on the Catholic Church in the South," in The Culture of Bible Belt Catholics (Paulist Press), "The ‘International Outlook,'" in The Place of the Person in Social Life (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy) and articles, interviews and book reviews in Anthropos, Technology and Disability, National Catholic Reporter, Charities, U.S.A. The Washington Blade, and others.

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E. Mark Stern received his Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees, the former from Pennsylvania State University in 1953 and the latter from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1955. Dr. Stern completed the course of study in Psychoanalysis from the Institute of the National Psychological Association in Psychoanalysis in 1958.

He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 29, 32, 36 and 52) and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (formerly the American Psychological Society). He is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York and a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stern was awarded the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award from Division 36 of the American Psychological Association (Psychology of Religion); the Carl Rogers Award from Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology “For Outstanding Contributions to the Profession and Practice of Humanistic Psychology”) and the Pro Operis Award from Iona College. Member of Psi Chi. He has served as president and on the executive committees of two APA divisions. He was a Division 29 (Psychotherapy) Program Chair and was elected to four (non-consecutive) terms on the APA Council of Representatives, chairing the Council’s Public Interest Caucus for one year.

Dr. Stern is Professor Emeritus of the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Iona College where he taught for 35 years. Sometime adjunct faculty: Fordham University (Lincoln Center campus); Seton Hall University and Visiting Professor: Catholic University of Australia (St. Mary’s campus, Strathfield) sometime clinical supervisor: Ferkauf Graduate School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; past core faculty: American Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; past faculty: Training Institute for Mental Health Practitioners. He is Founding Editor Emeritus of The Journal of Pastoral Counseling (12 years); Editor Emeritus of VOICES, the Journal of the American Academy of Psychotherapists (12 years) and Founding Editor (retired) of the Psychotherapy Monograph Series, published by the Haworth Press (12 years). He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Existentialism and is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Humanistic Psychologist and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Stern is an author/editor of books, chapters in anthologies, and nearly 100 articles and papers presented at professional conventions. in the fields of psychoanalysis, humanistic psychotherapy, psychology of religion and theology.

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Toward Open Christianity
A Symposium on Christ
in a Pluralistic World
April 13-15, 2007
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