As faith-based leaders serving in health care chaplaincy, in houses of worship or communal agencies, many of us are encountering a theological crisis during this time of COVID-19. For the first time in our ministry, we may not have reframed our theological response to those who are turning to us to guide them. No matter our institution, we are now being presented with the cry of pain “how could God allow this to happen”, “I can’t believe in God anymore”, or other symptoms of emotional and spiritual distress. We live in a time of myriad of issues; COVID, civil unrest and mass casualties’ incidents. As faith-based leaders, we may not have mastered the requisite skills or explored our own ‘theology of tragedy’. One reality of today’s world as faith-based leaders is that we engage with those who often have Predicate Theology (God as an old man living in the sky) or those who now identify as ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’ and are not connected with traditional houses of worship. As communal religious leaders we too seek answers to these questions. In examining Jacob’s encounter with God (Genesis 28:10) we will have the opportunity to explore ‘Predicate Theology – not where is God, rather WHEN is God’.
Friday, October 2, 2020 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern (8:00 am to 3:00 pm Central)
Featured speaker: Rabbi Steven E. Kaye, BCC, MSW