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Inner Wholeness Beyond Isolation, Shame, and Despair

Feb 4, 2021
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Curt ThompsonPsychiatrist and Author

Miwa YasuiUniversity of Chicago

Rev. Cynthia LindnerUniversity of Chicago

This event is presented by the Veritas Forum at the University of Chicago and co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute, the University Bible Fellowship, Christ Church Chicago, Living Hope Church, Vineyard Church Hyde Park, CRU, Poema, the Christian Legal Society, InterVarsity, UChicago Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Brent House.

The isolation of the pandemic has only obscured and amplified the issue of mental health across US college campuses. In marshaling resources to find wholeness and combat isolation, shame, and despair, are students limited to the expertise of mental health experts? Does the wisdom of religious traditions have anything to contribute? Are these in conflict? Join for a discussion on neuroscience, psychology, and spiritual practices with psychiatrist and author Dr. Curt Thompson and Professor Miwa Yasui, moderated by Rev. Cynthia Lindner.

Dr. Curt Thompson is a psychiatrist and the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame. He is also the founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars, and resource materials to help people explore the connections between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation.


Miwa Yasui is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. Her research focuses on the influences of culture, ethnic-racial socialization, and family systems in mental health, development, and identity formation.


Rev. Cynthia Lindner is Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care in the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is the author of Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life (2016, Rowman and Littlefield). She received her doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School and has worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain, and pastoral psychotherapist for over thirty years. Her research and teaching focuses on ministerial identity and formation, multi-religious theological education, the practice and ethics of preaching and pastoral care in multicultural society, the role of religious communities in addressing communal violence and trauma, and the interface of corporate worship and public witness, and its impact on identity formation and congregational life. Rev. Lindner is also a pastoral psychotherapist at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy, where she conducts clergy groups and offers congregational consultation in addition to her work with individuals and couples.