2009 C. Shelby Rooks Lecture
The Center for the Study of Black Faith and Life at the Chicago Theological Seminary presented the Third Annual C. Shelby Rooks Lectureship in 2009 with distinguished religious scholar, Dr. Arthur L. Pressley. Dr. Pressley delivered the lecture titled “Community Health, Spirituality, and African American Pastoral Care."
Dr. Arthur L. Pressley is the Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Pressley’s teaching and research centers on cross-cultural studies focusing on culture and personality, pastoral care and counseling, and psychology of trauma and recovery. His publications include, "Using Novels of Resistance to Teach Intercultural Empathy and Cultural Analysis." In Being Black, Teaching Black: Politics and Pedagogy in Religious Studies; "Teaching Black: God-Talk with Black Thinkers." Co-authored with Nancy Lynne Westfield. In Being Black, Teaching Black: Politics and Pedagogy in Religious Studies; and "The Story of Nimrod: A Struggle with Otherness and the Search for Identity." In African American Religious Life and the Story of Nimrod.
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